As a marine science student at Pearson College in Canada, 17-year-old Nadia Vaillancourt was looking to work on a marine conservation-related job while spending her summer vacation in the Philippines. With the help of a common friend between Ma. Lourdes ‘Deng’ Palomares (Q-quatics Science Director) and Nadia’s mom who’s based in the Philippines and affiliated with Asian Development Bank (ADB), Nadia was connected to Q-quatics. According to Nadia, she has used FishBase in a research project in school and had pondered on the work behind FishBase. To gain some experience with FishBase, Nadia volunteered to work at the Qq headquarters from July 22 up to the 31st. Nadia was oriented and trained by Emily Capuli (Qq Senior Research Officer) on her main task which was to encode/enter common names in both FB and SLB, global species databases (GSDs) being managed by Q-quatics. She was given several references that needed to be encoded for ongoing projects in the Polar Seas and Australia.
Nadia is the firstborn of a Scottish and Canadian couple and has two siblings. On her free time, she enjoys writing short stories and hiking in the woods.