“Problems can become opportunities when the right people come together.”
— Robert Redford
MATTHEW PYPER M.SC., B.SC. HONS.
co-founder | ecologist and science communicator
Matthew has a passion for science and communication – a rare combination that allows him to connect ideas and develop effective, high impact solutions for clients.
Working with partners across Canada, he has been involved in the production of over 35 knowledge exchange publications focused on communicating scientific knowledge to on the ground practitioners. His recent work includes developing guidance related to the use of coarse-woody materials in land restoration in Alberta, work which has been instrumental in creating a science-based dialogue between government regulators and the oil sands industry.
He has been recognized provincially and nationally for his ability to communicate science to diverse audiences and believes strongly in the need to reduce barriers between knowledge producers and knowledge users.
He brings expertise in science communication, knowledge synthesis, policy development, and project management. He obtained his B.Sc. (Hons) in Environmental Biology, his M.Sc. in Forest Biology and Management and has had the privilege of working under the mentorship of numerous systems thinkers.
SHELAGH PYPER B.SC.
Co-FOUNDER | Director of education and outreach
Shelagh Pyper is an experienced program manager with significant experience in communications, facilitation, partnership development, experiential learning and event planning. From 2007 – 2012, she was the Director of DiscoverE, a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) outreach program of the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Engineering. In that time she initiated and implemented new programs and established long-term partnerships with several community agencies and key funders.
Her passion is teaching, and she approaches all communications projects from an educational lens. This makes her especially effective at considering the existing knowledge of the reader, what will motivate them to learn more, and how to make the information relevant to their experience. She has completed numerous annual reports, marketing pamphlets, grant applications and posters to adult audiences and spent years developing and delivering hands-on science projects to kids. She is also a skilled facilitator and enjoys problem solving and public speaking.
Shelagh is now a certified trainer of the HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development and has directed and instructed summer camps for Family and Community Support Services, 4-H, U of A Ringette Camps, DiscoverE and Explore Français French Nature Camps.
SONYA ODSEN M.SC., BSC. HONS.
ecologist and science communicator
Sonya Odsen combines a background in ecology with a love for education and communication. She believes that by improving the accessibility of knowledge and research, we empower our audience to connect with issues and make informed choices.
Over the course of her career, Sonya has gained experience not only conducting research, but also communicating her results to a wide range of audiences. For example, Sonya recently obtained her M.Sc. at the University of Alberta for her work on boreal forest songbirds and variable retention harvest methods. Her graduate work required extensive research into forest harvesting practices, and afforded opportunities to interact with members of the forest industry as well as policy-makers.
From 2012-2015 she taught at the undergraduate level, and in 2015-2016 she served as the Naturalist-in-Residence at an inner-city elementary school. She is currently teaching Ecosystems and Environmental Management at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension. Regardless of her audience, Sonya strives to find the connections between people and knowledge, and bring clarity to the murkiest of subjects.
KATE BROADLEY, M.SC, B.SC. HONS.
Ecologist and science communicator
Kate uses her scientific expertise to produce high-level syntheses of complex information. In addition to writing, she creates visual communication tools such as infographics, figures, and other illustrations.
Kate strives to deliver information in ways that are accurate, impactful, and beautiful. This passion comes from her long-standing interests in both science and art which she has fostered over the course of her career. Alongside her research experience, Kate developed her outreach and communication skills working for organizations like the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre and Alberta Parks. With each new communication challenge, she has honed her ability to tailor her message to her audience and keep them engaged. Kate uses her skills as a visual artist to create engaging graphics using a combination of drawing, painting, and digital media.
Kate completed an M.Sc. in Ecology at the University of Alberta supervised by Dr. Stan Boutin and Dr. Cole Burton. She holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Evolutionary Biology from the University of British Columbia.
GEORGINA CAMPOS B.SC.
designer | science communicator
Georgina is a graduate from The King’s University, where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology. During her studies, she seized every opportunity to apply her artistic background to her research in order to reach audiences through engaging visuals and clear messages.
Georgina has a strong passion for art and science, which has always been reflected in her work. From nature-inspired chalk art to painting and digital media, she aims to educate and inspire through art and design. From her experience as freelance artist, she takes into consideration her clients needs and ensures that the highest quality products are achieved collaboratively.
SARAH NASON, M.SC, B.SC HONS.
ecologist and science communicator
Sarah combines her passions for science and story-telling with artistic skill, creating works that empower decision-makers and the general public to use and understand science.
She believes science communication is not only a critical step to ensure that research reaches a broader audience and is applied in meaningful ways, but that it also increases our appreciation of art and science as complementary practices. Sarah specializes in translating technical scientific language and concepts into accessible, engaging written products. During her M.Sc, she developed these skills by writing for blogs and newsletters, helping to coordinate media outreach for the 2018 Montréal March for Science and coordinating science communication training workshops for the Québec Centre for Biodiversity Science (for which she received a prestigious award).
Sarah completed her B.Sc in Animal Biology at the University of Alberta and her M.Sc in Biology at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She also holds a Certificate in Zoo Conservation Science from the NSERC-funded ReNewZoo graduate training program, which aims to improve research collaborations between academics and zoo/aquarium practitioners.
KAYLYN JACKSON B.A.
science communication coordinator
Kaylyn is the official ‘happiness officer’ at Fuse Consulting Ltd. helping to insure the office runs smoothly while also assisting with communications, project management, workshop planning, writing and knowledge translation.
Kaylyn is a passionate communicator and has worked with the Government of Alberta and multiple non-profit organizations on science communication, education and outreach. Before starting at Fuse she spent several years working with a Watershed Planning and Advisory Council in Northern Alberta coordinating their environmental education, outreach and engagement activities. Kaylyn believes in the power of effective communication and she strives to present information in a way that makes sense and takes into account the audience, their objectives and previous knowledge on the subject.
Kaylyn is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus, where she competed her degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Political Studies. Throughout her degree, Kaylyn focused on environmental education and worked on multiple projects aimed at encouraging families, children, and individuals to spend more time outside and connect to their environment.