From now until the end of the year, you’ll be on board the Sedna IV for the 1000 Days mission. Do you already have sailing experience?
Yes, during my childhood I spent every summer aboard a sailboat. I learned to navigate the boat and find my way around on board. I love sailing with a passion! The Sedna IV is a much bigger and more complex boat, but I feel very comfortable on board and I have all my points of reference. And the adventure of the 1000 Days mission is so extraordinary; for me, it’s a dream come true.
What interests you so much about this mission?
I am extremely curious by nature. I like to go where the action is! The natural world fills me with amazement: there’s so much beauty to see, so many life forms we don’t even know yet. I feel very close to this mission, as I am truly fascinated by biodiversity, particularly that of the tropical countries where I’ve travelled.
How did you end up visiting these countries?
During my biology studies at the Université Laval, I participated in an internship in Kenya and Tanzania, which was organized as part of a course on exotic conservation and biodiversity. I really fell in love with these regions, and the travel bug bit me at the same time. I’ve visited a dozen tropical countries since then, and I am always curious to discover their biodiversity and meet the people who live there. Nature has such richness and people live in such close relationship to it. For me, each trip is a unique experience and I learn more each time I go about the complexity of tropical ecosystems.
What is the nature of your work at the Montréal Insectarium?
Since 2004, I’ve been designing and facilitating school programs and activities at the Insectarium. I’m very interested in communication because it’s an extraordinary way to arouse people’s curiosity, bring up questions and get their attention about topics and issues such as biodiversity, an issue that concerns us all.
You’ve discovered a passion for popular science, haven’t you?
Yes, I was asked several times to represent the Insectarium on the radio, on TV and in the newspapers. I had a good background for this kind of work, since I had already worked for Les
Débrouillards and the Montréal Science Centre as a science popularizer.
How do you see your participation in the 1000 Days mission
I want to put all my energy into understanding what’s happening on our planet and telling others about what I see. Even thousands of kilometres away, it affects us all. We are responsible for preserving biodiversity on Earth – it’s the most precious thing we have.