Meet Jennifer McIntyre (instagram: @jennifercharlottem). She's a nature-loving, yoga-doing, happiness-spreading marine biologist. Born and raised on the West Coast, Jennifer's style reflects the free-spirited nature of Vancouver as well as her down-to-earth personality. Since graduating from the University of Victoria with a degree in Biology, she has been diving into salmon research to contribute her knowledge into building a sustainable fishing industry in British Columbia. She is a clear example of a girl with both beauty and brains.
I had a lot of fun hanging out with Jen at the Cleveland Dam in North Vancouver where we hiked some trails and shot gorgeous photographs.
What interests you about marine biology?
"The ocean is hiding so many wonderful secrets waiting to be discovered to this day - and I want to explore & conserve whatever is under the surface. To me, it's a dynamic place of diversity and mystery."
Tell us about your research backgrounds and what you're doing right now.
"I completed my BSc at UVic and was able to do a field program in Malaysia, which is where my research began - everything from measuring tiny, viscious nectar bats to surveying coral damage. From there, I went into environmental education, teaching tourists about the Pacific Northwest (we live in a rainforest, guys!) and elementary students about salmon conservation. Now I am a salmon fisheries observer, hoping to assist in steering our fisheries in the direction of sustainability along our coast."
If you could be any kind of marine organism, what would it be?
"A nudibrach. Nudibranches are one of the most colourful and beautiful organisms found right along our coast. They are delicate and intricately beautiful animals that can also have dangerous defense mechanisms."
What is your most prized possession?
"Sight, smell, touch, hearing, and taste. I've recently learned that no matter how busy, stressed, anxious, or whatever I am during any given day, it is so important to stop and take it all in, even just for a minute. I try not to be so busy living that I forget to actually live."
How does our profession as a marine biologist tie into your fashion sense?
"As a budding biologist, I'm always looking for connections, thinking outside the box, figuring out how different pieces fit into the overall puzzle. With clothing, it's a very similar thought process. I love different colours and textures. While my closet is a mosaic of randomness, I somehow manage to mix & match different items to make outfits of all sorts."
Do you have any words of wisdom to share? :)
"Cultivate happiness as best as you can, be easy on yourself, forgive yourself, and push yourself in a loving way. Grow for you. Measure your richness as something other than a number in your bank account. It sounds cheesy. I know."
Well, there you go. I hope you guys felt the breath of fresh air and zen as we encountered while hanging out in the forest. If you are ever in the North Shore, definitely take advantage of the hiking trails. It's truly beautiful and a camera lens cannot possibly capture what the lens of the eye can see.