Staff Profiles

The Tula Foundation includes over 100 skilled employees across a variety of disciplines. A few of the characteristics they share are smarts, effort, and commitment to their work.

Our bench is deep, here's a sample of some of the people on our team. If you'd like to learn more, don't hesitate to contact us.

Finance & Admin: Bridget Latham, CFO

Hometown: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Based in Campbell River, Bridget’s worked with Tula since 2010. Prior to that she held finance roles in a variety of industries including advertising, forestry, steel manufacturing, and public practice. Her breadth of experience is helpful in working with the Foundation’s wide range of partners and programs. When she isn’t at work, Bridget likes to spend time with her husband, two sons and their trusty Newfoundland dog, Frankie.

Information Technology: Ray Brunsting, CTO

Hometown: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Ray is the Chief Technology Officer of the Tula Foundation and has worked with Tula since 2008. Ray has an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, where he studied distributed systems and mobile applications. Ray spent most of his career building and leading cross-functional, distributed and collaborative teams that have created and sustained several successful large scale data management solutions. In addition to leading projects at Tula, Ray co-chairs the technical committee of the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observation System (or CIOOS), an integrated ocean observing system, aligned with international standards and best practices. Ray actively supports various regional, national and global technology organizations and initiatives

Media: Meigan Henry, Senior Video Producer

Hometown: Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Based out of Victoria, British Columbia, Meigan Henry is the senior video producer for the Hakai media team. Following advanced degrees in archaeology and science filmmaking, Meig worked as Director of Production for the Missions Media division of the National Geographic Society, and as a producer for the Digital Studio at Smithsonian Enterprises. Meig is passionate about working with scientists, artists, and communicators towards the goal of creating accurate and engaging science media.

Ocean Science: Wiley Evans, Program Lead - Ocean Acidification

Hometown: Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada

Wiley Evans is a chemical oceanographer and manages the Ocean Acidification Program within the Hakai Institute. Wiley also co-chairs the British Columbia Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Action Plan led by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, actively participates within the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network North American Hub and other national and international networks, and is adjunct faculty at Vancouver Island University. Wiley’s research spans the topics of coastal carbon cycling, sea-air carbon dioxide exchange, and ocean acidification along the Northeast Pacific continental margin.

Geoscience: Derek Heathfield, Manager - Geospatial Team

Hometown: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

Derek leads Hakai's geospatial team, including the Airborne Coastal Observatory. After completing his Master's of Science in Geography at the University of Victoria, with a focus on coastal geomorphology, Derek worked in the remote sensing private sector. He joined Hakai in 2014 to coordinate the Coastal Sand Ecosystems program - a multi-disciplinary project that studies regional sandy beach dynamics. Derek is interested in the intersection of geoscience and remote sensing, where powerful tools and science can together provide a detailed understanding of climate driven geohazards in our changing environment.

Physical Oceanography: Khushboo Jhugroo, Postdoc

Hometown: Vacoas-Phoenix, Mauritius

Khush joined Hakai Institute in 2021 as a Postdoctoral Researcher studying the continental shelf dynamics of British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Sound. Khush has a PhD from the University of Auckland and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in New Zealand, where she studied the interaction between terrestrial and oceanic environments. More specifically, she investigated river-induced submesoscale processes in shelf seas using underwater gliders. She is currently applying her knowledge gained on shelf seas about freshwater forcing, upwelling, estuarine-like circulation, ocean acidification, marine heatwaves, shelf exchanges with fjords and implications for MPAs to Queen Charlotte Sound. Khush has a big interest in coastal oceanography and is passionate to learn about human-ocean interactions, a sustainable blue economy, interdisciplinary work and science communication.

Ocean Science: Margot Hessing-Lewis

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Margot team-leads Hakai's Nearshore Marine Ecology group, whose research and monitoring focuses on ecosystem function, connectivity and resilience in nearshore habitats, including kelp forests, seagrass meadows and rocky shores. Margot leads a range of research network initiatives, ranging from work with coastal First Nations in British Columbia to globally coordinated experiments with Smithsonian’s MarineGEO. Margot has been working on community-centered research projects spanning the British Columbia, Washington and Oregon for the past 20 years, including a PhD from Oregon State University.

Ocean Science: Matt Whalen, Postdoc

Hometown: San Diego, California, USA

Matt is a marine ecologist who started working with Hakai in 2017 after completing his PhD at UC Davis. Matt helped lead the Hakai-MarineGEO BioBlitz on Calvert Island, BC, and continues to lead and develop biodiversity research and training with Hakai. He has long been interested in how ecosystems are structured and how they function, and he loves investigating species interactions and food webs in nearshore environments. He is currently interested in how climate change affects biodiversity and how complex life histories and recruitment influence resilience of populations and communities.

Genomics: Rute Carvalho, Genomics Lab Manager

Hometown: São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Rute is the Genomics Laboratory Manager of the Hakai Institute, based out of Quadra Island, British Columbia. Rute has PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology (University of Campinas, Brazil) and graduated in Biomedical Informatics (Queen’s University, Canada). Rute has been working in evolutionary biology and genomics on a wide range of species spanning fishes, reptiles, amphibians and mammals across hierarchical scales of organization. At Hakai Institute Rute is working in collaboration with researchers and graduate students in an array of biodiversity projects that involve environmental DNA (eDNA) and genomic DNA.