Guest Speaker Series


We believe it’s critically important for girls+ 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. These events are open to girls+ (girls & under-represented genders) who live in Atlantic Canada or Florida and meet the event’s suggested age range. These free events typically take place on the last Saturday of each month, are held on Zoom, and are 1 hour.

If you’re not able to tune in live, these events are recorded and shared on our YouTube page.


Guest Speaker Dr. Melanie Coombs, an Associate Professor in Biology at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, will be joining us to talk about her research on the immune system, cancer, and its link to frogs! This talk is a great fit for anyone interested in medicine, health research, and wildlife research.

Her talk is titled “Immune System and Cancer Research” and is a FREE online event for girls and underrepresented genders ages 12 – 18 who live in Atlantic Canada or Florida. We’ll learn about her research and her career path to becoming a Professor in Biology. We can’t wait to learn from her!

Past Speakers


Our May Guest Speaker was Taylor Brown, a PhD student from Trent University who studies puffins and other seabirds in Newfoundland, Canada. Her talk was titled “A girl’s journey in studying birds”.


Our May Guest Speaker was Dr. Alexandra Lolavar, a Research Coordinator and PhD in Integrative Biology at Florida Atlantic University. Her talk was titled “How climate change affects Florida’s sea turtles and the lessons we learn from them”.


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”.


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”.


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”. Photos below by Chiara Salomoni and Cameron Grant.

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