Meet the Coastal ISC Team

Jessica Bayley

Executive Director

Jessica Bayley joined the Coastal ISC team as Executive Director in 2022. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Simon Fraser University. Having previously worked for the Metro Vancouver Invasive Species Council, she has a strong background in invasive species management. She is familiar with the importance of regional invasive species organizations in prevention and integrated pest management. Jessica has also managed provincial conservation lands throughout the South Coast of BC, conducted research on the effects of invasive plants on pollinators in the Garry Oak ecosystem on Vancouver Island, and worked on restoration projects to conserve salmon populations.

Jessica resides on the Sunshine Coast and enjoys exploring the beautiful trails and beaches at her doorstep with her husband, Paul, and pup, Andie.

Sydney Vandermale

Operations Coordinator

Sydney Vandermale holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria. Here is where her passion for plants flourished. Sydney focused on courses covering topics in ecology, permaculture, and ethnobotany during her undergraduate degree. Sydney has worked in many different fields since completing her undergraduate degree including small-scale vegetable and flower farming, small business operations, and ecological restoration. She is currently enrolled in the Restoration of Natural Systems Diploma program through the University of Victoria and is excited to apply the valuable knowledge gained here her work with the the Coastal ISC. 

 Sydney enjoys spending her time off looking for new plants to identify on iNaturalist, knitting, and either mountain biking, skiing, or surfing depending on the season. 

Carl Bols

Lead Invasive Species Technician

Carl Bols holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of British Columbia. His past work experience includes work as a research assistant at the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, and a Forest Technician at the Skimikin Seed Orchard. He is very passionate about silviculture, forest regeneration, and GIS applications in forestry. Carl is excited about this role and the opportunity to learn more about invasive species identification and integrated pest management in municipal and forestry settings as well as a chance to see more of Vancouver Island!

 

 His personal interests include wild foraging, basketball, and hiking

Paige Taylor

Invasive Species Technician

Paige Taylor holds holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Calgary. Her professional background includes work as an Environmental Field Technician, where she gained extensive experience in environmental monitoring and remediation projects. Her time at the University of Calgary allowed her to explore studies such as plant biotechnology, animal development, and the physiology of flora and fauna. Her engagement with invasive species began through her volunteer work with the Invasive Species Council of BC. Currently, Paige is actively involved in a grant funded project aimed at enhancing community education on invasive species.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Paige enjoys skiing, hiking, and camping throughout Vancouver Island.

Anna Bilouzenko

Invasive Species Technician

Anna Bilouzenko is in their final year of study of Natural Resource Sciences at Thompson Rivers University, but has joined the Coastal ISC to explore new environments and learn about the various ecosystems across BC. Anna has worked the past two summers in invasive species management and outreach in the interior, and is excited to gain more experience with coastal invasive species. 

Alongside a passion for invasive species management, Anna also enjoys riding horses, crafting, and following their recent arrival to the island, beach combing!