Dreamteam Thursday: Meet the Crew, June 2019 Edition

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

For this month’s edition of Meet the Team, we interviewed three of our amazing employees from the field program at SSISC: Joseph, Micaela, and Claudel. Joseph is a member of our field crew, while Micaela and Claudel are field program managers.

Joseph Moric

What is your favourite plant?

Probably Robert Plant, best known as the lead singer of the rock band Led Zeppelin. Groot would be a close second.

What was the last place you travelled to?

Last fall I spent the semester studying on Haida Gwaii. It was a great experience and I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from the community there and experience such a unique place. One of the highlights was our class trip down to Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, where we visited some Haida village sites and saw some very big trees.

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

Probably outside if I can muster the determination, but realistically you would probably find me at the climbing gym.

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

Good question, many come to mind. I’ll go with a rat. No need to make that menace to health, home, and industry any bigger. Also, imagine the length that their tail would be.

 

Micaela Anguita

What is your favourite plant?

My favourite plant is the sword fern (Polystichum munitum). It is such an iconic plant of the Pacific Northwest that it’s hard not to love. Also, it gives the forest that cool Jurassic Park feel.

What was the last place you travelled to?

The last place I travelled to was Hawaii. My favourite part was floating in the ocean and swimming with turtles along with my best friend.

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

Outside, preferably trail running in a forest to not get so wet. The smell of the forest is the best while it rains and it’s super refreshing to run under the canopy.

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

Wasp, cause wasps are scary and the embodiment of evil.

Do you have any pets?

This is Taz. He’s my partner in crime and the sassiest dog I’ve ever met. I rescued him in Chile and we’ve been inseparable ever since, and one might say that he sticks like Velcro to me (quite literally). Taz enjoys taking up most of my bed, pushing rocks around in the river while barking at them, biting bubbles while he swims, sleeping at the bottom of climbing walls, and any outdoor adventure I throw at him. Taz does not like invasives, especially burdock.

 

Claudel Dupuis-Bourret

What is your favourite plant?

Well without a doubt, the sugar maple tree. Yes, I am French-Canadian, and it is probably a cliché. The maple tree brings back a lot of childhood memories, from playing in the fallen leaves in the fall, to literally drinking maple water directly from the tree!

What was the last place you travelled to?

I went home to Montreal for Christmas. Since I do not have any family here in British Columbia, it is always a nice treat to go back, especially during the holidays. The temperature can drop real low in the winter, but all the love and good food make it all worth it.

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

1. Sleep-in a little, with the window open so that you can hear the falling rain.
2. Have some breakfast, something maple-ly of course!
3. Take the dog for a walk in the forest (if you take the time to listen, the forest comes alive when it is raining!)
4. Cook, cook with wine, cook with a friend, cook with wine with a friend while drinking wine (did I mentioned that I am FRENCH Canadian yet!?)

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

Not sure, but if I have to pick, I would say a whale-sized human, especially one with malicious intentions and a thirst for power.

Do you have any pets?

I own an 11-year-old Shiba Inu. His name is Kyber, named after one of my favourite areas to snowboard on Whistler mountain. Just like Khyber’s pass, Kyber can be a bit wild and unpredictable, but once you get to know him, he will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

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