2021 Guest Speaker Series


On the last Saturday of each month, we’ll be offering a free online event featuring a womxn in STEM Guest Speaker. We at Terranaut Club believe it’s critically important for girls and gender minorities to see themselves represented in STEM careers, so we developed this Guest Speaker Series to offer our participants more (virtual) face time with womxn in these fields. Our Guest Speaker Series is open to girls+ (girls & gender minorities) who live in 🇨🇦 Atlantic Canada or 🇺🇸 Florida and meet the event’s suggested age range. 

If you’re not able to tune in live, these events will be recorded and posted later on our YouTube page.


Our May Guest Speaker is Dr. Alexandra Lolavar, a Research Coordinator and PhD in Integrative Biology at Florida Atlantic University. Her talk is titled ” How climate change affects Florida’s sea turtles and the lessons we learn from them”. We are so excited to host her!


Guest Speaker Dr. Alexandra Lolavar will be joining us all the way from Boca Raton, FL. to talk about her incredible research experience studying Florida’s sea turtle populations, and the impacts that climate change is having on them! We’ll be learning about the many conservation challenges that Florida’s sea turtle populations face, the research projects that help monitor them, as well as what it’s like coordinating those research projects in high school and beyond! Dr. Lolavar currently works as a Research Coordinator for Florida Atlantic University High School (FAU), where others can benefit from her valuable experience and mentorship.

  • Saturday, May 22nd at 1:00 pm Atlantic / 12:00 pm Eastern (Florida)
  • 1 hour long
  • For girls+ (girls & underrepresented genders) who live in Atlantic Canada or Florida
  • Dr. Lolavar’s talk is best suited for girls+ ages 12 – 18, but younger participants are welcome if they’re keen to learn about this topic
  • Registration is limited to 20, and ends the night before
  • Free!


Our April Guest Speaker was Giselle Deane, a Science Officer at Bahamas National Trust, the organization that manages all 32 of the Bahamas National Parks! Her talk was titled “Nature Conservation in the Bahamas: Challenges and Solutions.” Giselle joined us to talk about her job in nature conservation and education with Bahamas National Trust, the organization that manages all 32 of the Bahamas National Parks! We learned about the many challenges that the Bahamas, an archipelagic state of over 700 islands, faces with respect to the conservation of nature.

March (Math Month!)

Our March Guest Speaker was Rebecca Alcock, a PhD student in Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who earned her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. Her talk was titled “Math in Medicine: Calculating and Coding a Healthier World” and will soon be uploaded to our YouTube channel.


Our February Guest Speaker was Erica Porter, a Fisherwoman and Ocean Technician from Nova Scotia, Canada. Her talk was titled “Life on the Ocean: Fishing, Science & Conservation” and will soon be uploaded to our YouTube channel.


Our January Guest Speaker was Andy Fragola, a Marine Biologist and Shark Safety Diver with One Ocean Diving in Hawaii. Her talk was titled “Sharks in Hawaii: Apex Predator, Not Monster” and will soon be uploaded to our YouTube channel. Photos below by Chiara Salomoni and Cameron Grant.

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