Carilia is a search and rescue crew member with the Canadian Coast Guard in the Arctic region. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Geography from the University of Victoria (UVic). Her studies focused on applying geomatics to research traditional food systems, marine resource management and ecological systems. During her time at UVic, she worked closely with the Marine Protected Areas Research Group. She is passionate about the role that marine protected areas play in strengthening food security and cultural resiliency. As a descendant of Gitxsan First Nations on her mother’s side, Carilia is passionate about learning and working in the intersections of western science and traditional knowledge. Carilia has worked in diverse roles in the marine world, including working as an ecology intern with the Firelight Research Group and a geomatics technician with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Carilia loves playing in the ocean, surfing and kayaking.