Welcome our newest team members: Tiffany M. and Silvi!
Tiffany Muncaster is a current Ecological Restoration BSc student at BCIT and is aspiring to gain her Professional Biologist designation. Tiffany has a diploma in Recreation Fish and Wildlife from Selkirk College and several years of valuable field experience working on a variety of restoration projects throughout British Columbia.
Tiffany loves learning about wetland and estuary habitats, their ecological functions and how to restore these unique ecosystems. Tiffany isn’t shy about getting deep into the muck to discover the amazing diversity of life that can be found in these valuable environments.
This spring Tiffany has been assisting in the monitoring of wild juvenile Chinook Salmon and their use of the central estuary with Instream Fisheries Research. Tiffany has been rafting the Squamish River fishing for wild Chinook Salmon via beach seine, assisting with tagging and monitoring of fish passage through the central estuary ecosystem.
Additionally, Tiffany and SRWS President Francesca (Chessy) Knight, have been monitoring several ephemeral wetlands throughout the Squamish watershed. Together, they have found several amphibian species using these wetlands such as the blue listed red-legged frog, Pacific tree frog, Northwestern salamander, Long-toed salamander and rough-skinned newt. Sadly, due to the hot spring temperatures and little to no precipitation the ephemeral wetlands have been evaporating remarkably fast. Tiffany and Chessy will continue to monitor water levels and amphibian metamorphosis in hopes to see which wetlands can support amphibian emergence to land. Stay tuned!
Ever the outdoor enthusiast Tiffany enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding and anything that brings her closer to the natural world. Growing up on the rugged shoreline of Lake Superior has given Tiffany a deep love of big freshwater ecosystems. Her connection with this remarkable great lake is what sparked her passion for biology and environmental conservation.
Fun fact: Some of the world's oldest rocks, which formed about 2.7 billion year ago, can be found along Lake Superior's north shore line. Tiffany spent her childhood exploring these diverse rock types and marveling over their colorful patterns.
Silvi Cafarella is our newest team member. She joined us in June as our Education Outreach Summer Program Coordinator.
Silvi lives in Victoria, but will be joining us here in Squamish in late June. She has a BSc in Biology & Geography (with a concentration in GIS) and a Masters of Science from the University of Victoria. Silvi enjoys studying her natural surroundings in situ (up close and personal), but also remotely. Her research and teaching experience has centered on how we can use spatial (space) and temporal (time) statistics to better understand our world and its dynamics.