Awards, Grants, and Recognition

  • Students on Ice Inspiration Grant 2018 for PhD fieldwork 

  • Northern Scientific Training Program (2018) for PhD fieldwork

  • Featured Top 18 Young Changemakers in Canada in CBC's TV Show "We are Canada" airing on April 30, 2017

  • SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships (2017-2020)

  • Eileen Ford Wood and Alexander James Wood Scholarship (2017)

  • BC Ministry of Education, French Programs (2016)

  • Social Enterprise Grant, Fish Eye Project (2016)

  • Sustainability Grant, Saanich municipality, Fish Eye Project (2015)

  • Arctic Slope Community Foundation: grant for education project on the North Slope (2012)

  • Best Cinematography & Editing, Before the Ice Melts, 5 min, UVic Film Fest (2011)

  • TD Go Green Film Challenge, Aquaponics- Back to the future, 3rd national position (2011)

  • Citation of Merit, Explorers Club, Canadian Chapter (2010)

  • Bob Wright Graduate Scholarship for Involvement & Excellence in Marine Science (2009)

  • ArcticNet Training Fund for Antarctic Expedition (2009)

  • Personality of the Faculty of Science Award, UQAM (2007)

Maeva Gauthier

I'm a marine ecologist, communicator, connector, and explorer. I love ocean education, science communication, and film as a tool to connect and bring awareness. My love for the ocean brought me to the West Coast of Canada in 2007 to study marine ecology after a biology undergraduate degree in Montreal. And I stayed ever since. 

For the past 10 years, I have been lucky enough to follow my passion for ocean science. My interest for science outreach and education led me to work on short film productions, public speaking, magazine writing, and educational projects. My academic journey brought me to both poles in 2009, the Antarctic and the Arctic, which hold a special place in my heart. In 2011 I co-founded the non-profit Fish Eye Project, providing live underwater broadcasting to connect people with our ocean in a very unique and interactive way. People can now watch and participate in our events from their smart phones to the Giant Screens. 

I've recently started a PhD in Geography (UVic) to use participatory video to engage arctic communities around global changes they're experiencing. Prior to that, I've completed a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education and Communication (2015), Masters in Marine Ecology (UVic, 2012) and BSc in Biology (UQAM, 2007).  

I enjoy making impossible things happen.  


Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC)

Communications Director, The Explorers Club, Fellow International '13 

Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Fellow Member '13


One of Maeva’s greatest attributes are her excellent people skills. She is also a first rate, open-minded listener, and capable with dealing with a large diversity of personalities . She is a team player and her qualities makes her a greatly liked individual everywhere she works.

- Ken Wu, Ancient Forest Alliance

Maeva is a talented, articulate, and dedicated individual whose work consistently demonstrated a passion for the natural world and a refreshing creativity. She has a distinct knack for combining a keen cultural and scientific curiosity with her artistic disposition and natural storytelling abilities.

- Jeff Morales, National Geographic TV & Film/ Tamarin Productions Inc.