SCOTT RICK NATASHA VALERIE MICHELE JESSE
Scott Stevenson is a freelance photojournalist who specializes in the underwater world of the Pacific Northwest. After spending years working as an underwater photographer, Scott has honed his craft into becoming one of the most successful underwater image makers in the Pacific Northwest. He has been published in a variety of magazines, and contributes regularly to a number of online publications. His love of the oceans started at a very early age, eventually leading him down the path to become a scuba instructor, underwater photographer and dive charter owner. Photography has taken him to many parts of the world and he has experienced some of the most unique things this planet has to offer. From swimming with Hammerhead Sharks in Malpelo, to close encounters with Giant Pacific Octopus, these adventures have given him a great perspective on the world. As a special advisor to the Fish Eye Project Scott brings a his experience as a dive educator and his business acumen to the team. Scott is excited to be working with this team in order to promote ocean literacy, and to showcase the rare and unique places and creatures beneath our oceans to people throughout the world.
Driven by a passion for communicating and educating in the service of advancing ecological literacy and sustainability, Rick Searle has pursued a life-long career as a science communicator, environmental educator, digital media producer and journalist. He is an accomplished writer, author, educator, radio and television host, facilitator, video producer, program manager and team leader. He is known and praised for his innovative use of technology combined with powerful narratives to extend the reach and impact of messages with specific audiences. Rick is proud to have assisted a great many organizations with their outreach, community engagement, public education and communication needs including: BC Parks, Capital Regional District Parks, Parks Canada, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Islands Trust Fund, Natural Resources Canada, Metro Vancouver, Union of BC Municipalities, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. Recently he completed a four-year stint with Ocean Networks Canada where he built a national marine science education program from the bottom up and through strategic collaborations with the likes of: Let’s Talk Science, Vancouver Aquarium, Maritime Museum of BC, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, and ArcticNet. Rick created EKOS Communications in 2005 as a means to integrate and focus his considerable and diverse talents along with those of a close circle of associates.
Natasha grew up in the East Kootenay area surrounded by mountain and snow, but always had an innate curiosity about the ocean and all the mysterious animals beneath the waves. She eventually headed to the West Coast and graduated from UVic in Biology and Ocean Sciences, where she shows her passion for the ocean not only in her academic life but also in her personal and professional life. Having assumed numerous informal education roles, Natasha thoroughly enjoys being at the forefront of public education and engagement, increasing public awareness of current environmental concerns, research and solutions. As part of Team Fish Eye, Natasha hopes to increase youth ocean literacy around the world and inspire the next generation of ocean stewards. In her spare time, Natasha loves traveling, being outdoors, cycling, hiking, photography and meeting new people.
As an Indigenous and French Immersion teacher for the past 15 years in Northern Canada and Southern BC, Michele works to bring students to experience nature first hand through courses in Environmental Studies and Earth Science at the high school level. She is completing a Masters in Indigenous Science at the University of Victoria while working full time as a teacher, where she takes students to the source of local inquiry-based learning as well as Indigenous-focused learning with elders and local scientists. She has had the privilege to work alongside the Seaquaria program (World Fisheries Trust), Sea Change and the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations for nearly a decade on the South Island. Fish Eye Project, for her, is the pièce de résistance for marine education.
Valerie learned how to SCUBA dive in 2009 for her Masters project and instantly fell in love with the underwater world. During her MA, Valerie organized the deployment of an artificial reef, made of 92 reef balls, at Ogden Point in Victoria, British Columbia. She then studied the growth and diversity of seaweed communities that grew on the artificial reef. Early in her graduate studies, Valerie realized the need for delivering marine education to students and to the general public. She instantly said yes when Mike first asked her to do a live dive for Fish Eye Project two years ago. Val is excited to be able to combine her two passions – diving and education – as the Diver and Ocean Educator for Fish Eye. She brings six years of teaching experience as a university teaching assistant, three years of experience conducting marine outreach and education to students and 15 years of public speaking experience to Fish Eye Project. When Val is not conducting live dives, you can find her working as a consultant and educator for World Fisheries Trust or under the sea, diving for fun.
Jesse is a recent University of Victoria grad, where he finished with a degree in political science and minor in professional writing. With an interest in civic engagement, transitioning his energy onto Fish Eye Project’s mission of connecting local and global communities to the world’s ocean was smooth sailing. After graduating from Terry Fox Secondary in Port Coquitlam, he worked in a variety of skilled-labour industries all over BC before deciding to go back to school. A self-proclaimed late bloomer with his education career, Jesse holds a strong passion towards the power of knowledge and the importance of communicating it to future generations. Spending the last few years as traveling students in the Shuswap and Montreal, he and his wife are excited to settle down in Victoria and start the next chapter of their lives.