Who We Are

Board of Directors


Courtney Trowse - Community Collaboration Officer


Courtney is a visionary who helps chart the course, including specialization in working with rural coastal communities and collaborative research projects.

Please email Courtney for more information on our Ocean Education projects!

Gavin Feiel - Freeport Research Station Manager & First Mate

I just finished my third year studying Marine Biology at Dalhousie University. I am glad to be working with SOAR again this summer and was lucky enough to land a job at home and will be assisting in various projects over the next couple months. I am interested in low-impact aquaculture, specifically shellfish and seaweed farming. Over the next few years, I would like to work to grow the Nova Scotia Scallop farming industry. Mussels and Oysters are farmed quite readily around the province but the Scallop accounts for a very small percentage of total shellfish production. I think there is potential for scallop farming to grow communities around Nova Scotia. This summer I look forward to getting to spend more time on the water and help advance the field of Marine Science.

Madison Lent - Marine Biology Student


Hello everyone my name is Madison Lent, I grew up, and still live in, Tiverton, NS. I’m beyond excited to start the first journey of my future career in marine preservation with SOAR this summer on my very own island.

I’m 17 years old and will be entering my final year of high school at Islands Consolidated in the Fall. At this moment, my future career plans are to go to Dalhousie University and become a Marine Biologist, therefore I am very grateful for this opportunity and I can’t wait to make a difference and to learn more about the ocean and everything it has to offer!