Alexandra was born and raised a true Maritimer, along the south-eastern shores of New Brunswick, Canada. Having spent her summers seaside, the Atlantic Ocean was quite literally her playground – she grew up snorkeling, swimming, boating, and playing “marine biologist” as pastimes. These early coastal experiences later shaped Alexandra’s academic and professional career pathways, while also igniting her passion of fostering ocean literacy among her local community.
Alexandra achieved a Master’s in Marine Management in 2014 with a focus on integrated coastal and ocean management (ICOM), and a BSc in biology and environmental sciences, both from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her master’s project concentrated on local seagrass species (Zostera marina) and the spatial and temporal relationship to bivalve aquaculture along the familiar eastern coast of New Brunswick. Her professional career has not strayed her too far from home, either; from researching the spatial and temporal risks to Leatherback sea-turtles from commercial fishing gears in Atlantic Canada, to nationally coordinating the many marine animal emergency response networks in the Maritimes and across Canada, Alexandra has managed to keep her feet wet in well-known waters. Most recently, she completed her first Oceana offshore research expedition to survey unknown benthic habitats and cold-water corals, sponges, and groundfish in the Gulf of St Lawrence, adjacent to her home waters – making a full circle back to where she first started exploring and loving the ocean.
Alexandra lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, just minutes from the world’s second largest natural harbour. As a volunteer, she continues to coordinate Oceans Week HFX, a community-based ocean-focused festival of sorts which aims to create awareness, foster optimism, and inspire advocacy by celebrating our ocean connections.