Communication Coordinator and team member
Fascinated with the marine environment since childhood, Viridiana earned her undergraduate degree in Marine Biology from the University of Plymouth (UK) in 2007. The next couple of years were spent training in internships in the field of cetacean research in the Canary Islands (Atlantic Whale Foundation), Hawai’i (The Dolphin Institute) and particularly in northern Italy, where she joined Tethys Research Institute as a research assistant, and grew into the position of Principal Investigator in the following years. This not only reaffirmed her passion for marine-based research and cetaceans, but also developed a keen interest in education and public awareness of marine environmental issues. Viridiana returned to academia for a Master 1 in Environmental Sciences at the University of La Rochelle (France) and decided that in order to truly implement conservation, it is essential to learn more about the legislative process behind it. With this in mind, she later graduated from Oxford Brookes University (UK) with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Assessment and Management in 2012. Viridiana joined MICS in the summer of 2014 as a team member, and has returned every year since, slowly taking on communication responsibilities. In order to learn more skills in this field, she enrolled on a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Visual Communication at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, in conjunction with Fleming College. With these new skills in hand, she hopes to help MICS develop its communications.