A Bit About Us

We are graduate students at Dalhousie University who are tired of empty diversity and inclusivity statements. We decided that we want to enact real change, by providing an educational outdoor experience to secondary students who might otherwise face barriers to learning about ecology and the natural world.

We've created a team of researchers - including BIPOC, underrepresented groups, and allies - to engage students with cutting-edge workshops on topics such as ornithology (the study of birds), coastal ecosystems, invertebrates, and plant biology. Read more about us and our backgrounds below!

Founders & Directors


Suchinta Arif, M. Sc.

I am a PhD candidate interested in marine conservation, with a current focus on coral reef ecosystems. I am passionate about teaching and community outreach. I hope my role in DoN can help inspire the next generation of BIPOC leaders in STEM. Check out my research site here!

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Melanie Duc Bo Massey, M. Sc.

I'm a PhD candidate studying how changing environments affect fishes. I've worked and volunteered in STEM youth outreach for six years, and am delighted to share my passion for science with BIPOC youth through Diversity of Nature. Read more about my research here!

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Our Team
Taylor Hersch, Grant Writer

Taylor is a Ph. D. Candidate who studies how whales communicate with one another. She has a long history of studying whale communication around the world! Taylor is sharing her extraordinary writing and research abilities with Diversity of Nature to assist with funding applications.

Hunter Stephens, Workshop Leader

Hunter is currently a Master’s Candidate at Dalhousie University. His research is focussed on identifying genetic reasons for migration success in Atlantic salmon. Hunter has always loved teaching, and before he was teaching biology, he taught karate at his local dojo for three years. He has always had a passion for the life around him, a trait exemplified by his childhood nickname: “Hunter-bug”. Hunter is sharing his love of the ocean and marine life with Diversity of Nature students as a workshop leader.