Quarantine Conversations – Pride Edition

Happy Pride Month!

To celebrate the diversity in the Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, this month’s edition of Quarantine Conversations focuses on our LGBTQ members. We are excited to acknowledge and hear from voices in this traditionally underrepresented group. This week we chatted with four queer members of EOAS to learn more about them and the exciting work they are doing in our department.

Prof. Sara Harris

Sara Harris is a Professor of Teaching in the Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences.  She typically teaches climate science, environmental science, and oceanography, which she will continue after she finishes serving in the Faculty of Science Dean’s Office as Associate Dean Academic.

Prof. Stuart Sutherland

Stuart Sutherland is a micro-paleontologist and Professor of teaching in the Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences. Originally from the U.K., Stuart has been in Vancouver since 2000 when he joined the faculty at UBC. He is an award-winning educator and currently serves as a member of the Pacific Museum of Earth advisory committee.

Prof. Mitch D’Arcy

Mitch D’Arcy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences. Mitch joined the faculty at UBC in March 2020, making him one of the newest faculty members. He is a geomorphologist who studies how climate change influences surface processes on Earth. Originally from London in the U.K., Mitch has been in Germany for the past years prior to his move to Vancouver.

Daniel Gowryluk

Daniel Gowryluk is the Education Outreach Coordinator and Assistant Curator at the Pacific Museum of Earth. Daniel joined the PME team in 2018 following a successful career path through several other science museums—from Manitoba to British Columbia. He has a passion for inspiring curiosity and wonder in all museum visitors and has fundamentally reshaped the museum’s outreach voice through his whimsical and upbeat personality.

Anthony Di Stefano

Anthony Di Stefano is a PhD student in the Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences. Anthony is an atmospheric scientist whose work aims to improve the representation of clouds and precipitation in weather forecast models. His goal is to produce higher-accuracy precipitation forecasts in British Columbia. In the new normal brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Anthony is taking time to re-examine his purpose, in research as in everyday life. His aim is to bring social and scientific views of the weather closer together, and to be part of a science community embracing greater standards of inclusion, equity and justice.