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Evelynne Barten
Evelynne Barten
A graduate of the Environmental and Wildlife Management Program (formerly Applied Ecology), Evelynne is an import from the deep south of Ontario. Upon completion of her studies, Evelynne worked as a technician specializing in amphibians and reptiles, at McGill University and for the Canadian Wildlife Service. As Vanier’s Environmental and Wildlife Management technician on campus, she now works with a different form of wildlife: Vanier staff and students.
Brandee Diner
Brandee Diner
After graduating from McGill University, Brandee began her career as a wildlife biologist wrangling porcupines in Parc du Bic and has since moved on to being pecked at by birds, chasing mammals and educating students how to avoid poison ivy at the Vanier College Field Station.
In addition to teaching terrestrial field courses in the third year of the Environmental and Wildlife Management Program, Brandee also spends a lot of time trying to develop international stage opportunities and partnerships with environmental organizations and other field stations. Her latest accomplishments include student placements in Costa Rica, Belize and Panama, as well as spearheading EWM’s recent accreditation through ECO Canada.
Christopher Cloutier
Christopher Cloutier
A graduate of the program himself, Chris has been teaching at Vanier since 2011, and has taught a variety of courses both on campus and at the Vanier College field station. His principle courses taught include Entomology (3rd year) and Outlook on the Environment (1st year). After completing his D.E.C. at Vanier, Chris pursued his Bachelor’s degree at McGill University in Applied Zoology and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Entomology with a focus on Mosquito distribution and the transmission of West Nile Virus. His work experience and personal interests lie in both terrestrial and aquatic Entomology, with a focus on the natural history, habitat use and evolutionary biology of insects and spiders.
Brian Scully
Brian Scully
It has been said that Brian Scully is “all wet”. He wouldn’t argue. Brian teaches aquatic sciences, as well as geospatial technology, at the Vanier College Field Station, where 3rd year students take most of their final year courses. After studying marine biology at several of Atlantic Canada’s fine universities, he began his professional career with a marine sciences consulting company in Halifax, and then continued on to work for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. Brian has spent the last 30 years of his career jumping in mud puddles at the Vanier Field Station, and enjoying every sopping, soggy minute of it, while attempting to convince his students that their only reasonable option is to feel likewise.
Alain Theriault
Alain Theriault
Alain is a graduate of John Abbott College in Forestry and Vanier College in Environmental and Wildlife Management. He has a broad knowledge of the environment and use and application of current technologies related to the field of environmental monitoring and management. He is also responsible for the day to day activities of the field station including fieldwork and logistics.
Francine Turgeon
Francine Turgeon
Evening supervisor & concierge de résidence. I came into the EWM Field Station family in the fall of 1998. My job is to make sure the premises are clean and secure for student arrival in the spring. Once the students are on site, I make sure everyone feels at home and pride myself in being a very caring and responsible person. The students’ safety and well-being is my priority. I am a nature lover at heart and count myself blessed to work in such a wonderful environment.
Quentin Van Ginhoven
Quentin Van Ginhoven
Quentin grew up in the Appalachians with one foot in a marsh and the other in a forest. He carried both a fishing rod and a field guide. This passion led to his degree in wildlife biology. Since then, he has worked as a consultant for government agencies, private organizations, in the fields of wildlife and environmental sciences and media (film, television, web).
His work has brought him to explore all regions of Québec including the North, where he spent 10 years tracking migratory caribou. He is interested in ecology, wildlife techniques, and evolution. His goal: to share his fascination for wildlife and guide students towards a fulfilling career.

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