Hailey attended Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario where she received an HBSc, Biology in 2018. During her time as an undergraduate, she also studied at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and Chungnam National University in South Korea.
She recently completed an internship in Fisheries Resource Management at the University of Belize Environmental Research Institute in partnership with the Fisheries and Marine Institute of the Memorial University of Newfoundland. In Belize, she worked closely with conservation officers, researchers, and Fisheries Department to monitor small-scale fisheries within the newly established Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve. Before this, she was a Research Assistant at Cape Breton University’s Verschuren Centre for Sustainability, where she researched the mitigation of an invasive oyster parasite and sustainable aquaculture.
She is currently a research intern working with Dr. Susana Carvalho and Dr. Eva Aylagas Martinez on invasive cryptofauna in Red Sea coral reefs. This research aims to evaluate the colonization of non-indigenous species in natural and artificial habitats, such as coral reefs, local marinas, and commercial shipping ports.