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August 16, 2022 28 min
Ariane Cantin, Ph.D., is a scientist, teacher, and outdoor enthusiast. She started her career as a biologist focused on aquatic ecology, studying freshwater ecosystems and fisheries. She now works as an instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary where she teaches ecology courses. Her connection with the outdoors guides both her research interests and her teaching approach. She encourages students to be curious about nature to help them develop their own research projects and their identity as scientists. She spends most of her spare time outside, hiking, paddling, and backcountry skiing. We talked about: 1) Teaching ecology at the University of Calgary, and her speciality in aquatic ecology. 2) Equity, diversity and inclusion in the outdoors. 3) How her connection with nature has motivated her to become a biologist. Here’s the link to the Mountains 101 course from University of Alberta: This is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), they offer other courses of this type including a great one on Indigenous Canada: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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