Joe is an award-winning science educator, explorer, and public speaker. He's positioned at the intersection of science, education, outreach, and technology. Joe has brought science and exploration to life for over a million students from kindergarten to post secondary, and spoken in front of audiences around the world.
He founded the non-profit Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants (EBTSOYP), with a goal to inspire the next generation of scientists and explorers. EBTSOYP does this by bringing those on the frontlines of science, exploration, conservation, and adventure live into classrooms through virtual guest speakers and field trips. Since 2015, EBTSOYP hosted 3,500+ live events connecting a million students with leading scientists and explorers from 100 countries.
Joe's using technology to open the most remote corners of the planet to classrooms, sending textbook-sized satellite units into the field with explorers so they can live broadcast into classrooms from the most remote regions on the planet.
In 2017, he was selected as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, shortly after becoming National Geographic’s first Education Fellow, and founding National Geographic’s Explorer Classroom program. Joe's a top 50 finalist for the Global Teacher Prize and is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Explorers Club. In 2022, he was elected to the board of directors of the Explorers Club.
Joe's an experienced scuba diver, exploring cold Canadian waters, and around the world in places like Australia, Fiji, Dubai, Cozumel, the US, and the Galapagos - from German U-boats to the Great Barrier Reef.
2023 | ISTE 20 to Watch Award
2023 | Royal Geographical Society Fellow (UK)
2023 | Citation of Merit: Explorers Club Canadian Chapter
2022 | Elected to the Board of the Explorers Club
2021 | WeNaturalists People of Nature Awards in the category of Environment Educator
2019 | Environment and Climate Change Canada Grantee
2019 | National Science and Engineering Council Grantee
2019 | HundrED K-12 Top 100 Global Education Innovation
2019 | National Geographic Fellow
2018 | National Geographic Grantee
2018 | Explorers Club Fellow
2018 | Top 50 Finalist Global Teacher Prize
2018 | National Geographic Fellow
2018 | Ocean Exploration Trust Science Communication Fellow
2018 | Visiting Scientist University of Guelph
2017 | National Geographic Emerging Explorer
2017 | Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow
2017 | National Geographic Fellow
2016 | National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow
2016 | Canadian Scholarship Trust Inspired Minds Learning Project Grand Prize Winner