Yuko Lin OET

Yuko Lin

Guest Educator
Social Media and Engagement Specialist
Ocean Networks Canada

Tell us about your work/ research. What kinds of things do you do?

I am a science communicator with Ocean Networks Canada. I work with subject matter experts to tell stories about tectonics, deep-sea biology, data, tech, and everything in between. My goal when it comes to science communication is to tell a story that my parents can read and understand!

What sparked your initial interest in your career?

My experience with science communication began before I even knew what it was! In highschool, I had the opportunity to complete a work experience placement at the Vancouver Aquarium. I gained valuable communications skills and marine biology knowledge as a gallery educator. The Vancouver Aquarium was also where I learned about the deep-sea anglerfish and became fascinated with the abyss! The next obvious step to learning more about the anglerfish (and deep sea) was to move to Vancouver Island and attend the University of Victoria. I completed a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology (concentration in marine biology) and a minor in environmental studies.

Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?

Dr. Verena Tunnicliffe's research on hydrothermal vents sparked my interest in attending the University of Victoria. Her research helped establish Canada's first marine protected area and she was one of the mavericks that made Ocean Networks Canada's VENUS observatory a reality! I like to think of my working at Ocean Networks as a full circle moment in my career.

What element of your work/ study do you think is the most fascinating?

The most fascinating part of my work is learning about deep-sea biology, especially communities around hydrothermal vents!

How did you get involved with Ocean Exploration Trust? How did you become part of the expedition team?

I am involved with Ocean Exploration Trust through Ocean Networks Canada, where I work as part of the communications team.

What other jobs led you to your current career?

Previous to Ocean Networks Canada, I worked for World Fisheries Trust, a small charity based in Victoria, British Columbia. I never thought I would like the intertidal zone as much as the deep ocean but working at World Fisheries inspired me to look more closely at my own backyard. I managed the education division at World Fisheries Trust, called Seaquaria to bring the ocean into classrooms through hands-on, place-based nature education programs. I got to inspire and empower students in my community to be curious about the common denizens of our coastal waters. I also had the opportunity to participate in World Fisheries' 10-years long Olympia oyster monitoring program.

What are your degrees and certifications?

Bachelor of Science - University of Victoria, 2018

What are your hobbies?

I'm a big reader (currently crushing Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive) and Dungeons and Dragons nerd! I would also never turn down a tidepooling or hiking trip.

What advice would you give someone who wants to have a career like yours?

Learning interdisciplinary skills is an asset when pursuing a STEAM career. I owe a lot of my communications skills to working in the service industry while studying for my degree. My time working with students from kindergarten to grade 12 also taught me how to adapt my verbal and written language to effectively communicate science in an engaging way. Never be afraid to say "I don't know" or to seek answers from different sources. Don't let your limitation dictate your potential. For example, I don't know how to swim but I studied the ocean and will be embarking on a three week offshore expedition!

What excites me most is being on the frontlines of ocean exploration!


Yuko participated in the following Ocean Exploration Trust expeditions: