Jameson holds a B.S. in biology from Bucknell University (PA, USA) and a M.S. in invertebrate zoology from Duke University (NC, USA). His research specializes on the evolutionary ecology of deep sea arthropods and the evolutionary physiology of insect metamorphosis and pattern development. Jameson joined the GWAS Board of Directors in 2019 and worked as an Environmental Biologist for GWAS in 2020 while working toward a Restoration of Natural System Diploma at UVic and his RP Bio designation.
Ashley is a recent graduate from the University of Victoria, earning a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Anthropology. Growing up on northern Vancouver Island she was initially drawn to coastal ecology and environmental monitoring, but has since ventured more into terrestrial work. During her work term with the Gorge Waterway Action Society, she has been working on a variety of projects as a restoration technician, including maintaining and monitoring active restoration sites and initiating a new native pollinator restoration project.
Caitlin is in her third year of a Biology degree with a concentration in Marine Biology and a minor in Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria. In her spare time, Caitlin loves being outdoors and exploring the amazing ecosystems around Vancouver Island. As the Nature Interpreter at the Gorge Waterway Action Society, Caitlin will be working on many different projects including writing grants, managing volunteers, and leading activities in the Nature House.
Vanessa is in her third year of the Environmental Technology program at Camosun College. Outside of school, she has worked as a Summer Camp Coordinator, Restoration Technician, and Naturalist. She especially enjoys species ID and is a self-proclaimed “bird nerd”. Vanessa grew up in Esquimalt and is thrilled to be working for GWAS. In addition to operating the Nature House, Vanessa will be working on a variety of summer projects including restoration work and Nature House upgrades.
Completed two extensive biophysical inventories within the forest and the salt marsh
Sampling and analysis of water/biofilm during the Gorge Creek sewage spill
Worked on collaborative projects with local ENGO's such as World Fisheries Trust, SeaChange, Oceans Network Canada, and the Habitat Acquisition Trust
Created newsletters and promotional handouts for GWAS and the Nature House
Created and managed the Gorge Waterway Nature House Facebook Page
Redesigned the GWAS Website
Ran Silent Auction Events inside the Nature House
Tracked and reported on Nature House visitor attendance throughout the summer
Assisted the World Fisheries Trust with Nature House children's programs and beach programs throughout Victoria
Monitoring and sectioned removal of native parasitic species Salt Marsh Dodder (Cuscuta Salina)
Removal of invasive species in Kinsmen Gorge Park including, English Ivy (Hedera Helix), Himalayan Blackberry (Rubus armeniacus), Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea)
Organized community volunteer events to remove invasive species
Reorganized, and re-designed displays in the Nature House
Daily operations of the Gorge Waterway Nature House, including volunteer management and recruitment