Dreamteam Thursday: Meet the Crew, July 2019 Edition

Dreamteam Thursday: Meet the Crew, July 2019 Edition
Dreamteam Thursday: Meet the Crew, July 2019 Edition

For July’s Dreamteam Thursday, meet Erin, Noah, and Jennifer! Erin is a member of the field crew and Noah is our field crew lead hand, while Jennifer is a member of the outreach team.

Erin Galloway

What is your favourite plant?

My favourite plant is Wild Tiger Lily (Lilium columbianum).  They have beautiful orange flowers that look like little lanterns and really standout along trails and roadways. I always love seeing them when I’m working!

What was the last place you travelled to?

The last place I travelled to was Bamfield in February, where I attended the Pacific Ecology and Evolution Conference. Bamfield is a small town on the west coast of Vancouver Island and is home to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. It is such a beautiful part of the world and I’ve spent a lot of time there so it was great to go back! This was my first time both attending and presenting at a conference, so it was a bit nerve-racking but a super great experience anyway. It was cool to present the research I conducted on sea cucumbers in Bamfield last fall!

What’s the best way to spend a rainy day?

I’ve always loved to go on a trail run on a rainy day because it’s not too hot and there are fewer people on the trails! Then spend the rest of the day cosying up with a good book or a good series on Netflix with some coffee or tea.

If one animal was made the size of a whale, what would be the scariest?

I think a scorpion would be pretty terrifying if it was the size of a whale. Pincers the size of cars would be pretty menacing, plus the giant stinger!

 

Noah Haave

What is your favourite plant?

This is a really difficult question. There are so many amazing and beautiful species out there. Growing up I spent a lot of time in a bog right near my childhood home, so much that I would say it was where my love for naturalism first began. Therefore, if I had to choose, I would say Roundleaf Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia). It is one of BC’s few carnivorous plants and is commonly found in bogs. It is a small inconspicuous plant that is beautiful when you get up close and hunts in an interesting way. It uses drops of sweet sticky nectar that imitates dew to ensnare insects, then curls its leaf in on itself and digests the insect. Hence the name ‘Sundew’.

What was the last place you travelled to?

The last place I travelled to was a Banff, Alberta. It was the first time I had been back to the Rocky Mountains in over ten years. The mountains were absolutely incredible, but I was most impressed by the massive intact wetland along the Kicking Horse River. I wasn’t able to spend much time in the wetland as I just saw it from the highway, but from seeing how beautiful and wild it was has inspired me to return one day and explore it all.

What’s the best way to spend a rainy day?

The best way to spend a rainy day is to grab a guitar and hang out by the window. Sometimes during the summer months, you need a rainy day just so you have that guilt-free excuse to relax all day. Also watching the clouds flow in beautiful patterns that wisp through the mountain forests.

If one animal was made the size of a whale, what would be the scariest?

A human would be terrifying. As the proportions of the human skeleton are not designed to support such a large weight, it would likely crush itself and become a terrifying meat wad of broken bones and crushed organs. That would freak me out man.

 

Jennifer Walton

What is your favourite plant?

My favourite plant is the Broad-Leaved Stonecrop, which is a succulent species native to BC that can be found on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. At our family cabin, you can see patches of Broad-Leaved Stonecrop on the coastal bluffs. With their yellow flowers and green-reddish leaves, it is a beautiful plant.

What was the last place you travelled to?

The last place I travelled to was Uganda in Eastern Africa. My favourite parts were going on safari in Murchison Falls National Park and whitewater rafting on the Nile River. While on safari we were fortunate enough to observe a leopard, which is really rare.

What’s the best way to spend a rainy day?

The best way to spend a rainy day is baking a sweet treat! Or going to a café to enjoy a sweet treat with a good cup of coffee. Can you tell I enjoy desserts?

If one animal was made the size of a whale, what would be the scariest?

A whale-sized cockroach would definitely be the scariest animal imaginable. I am already not a fan of cockroaches, and if they were that large, it would be something straight out of a nightmare.

 

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