With 20+ years of experience, Ymène has always enjoyed exploring natural environments and living among them. She grew up in Tunisia where she studied geology and environmental engineering. She obtained a master’s degree in environmental studies in Glasgow, Scotland. Her adventures took her to the US where she joined a doctoral program in soil science and conducted field-based research. She measured the components of the water balance and compared various cropping systems in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Post-doctoral research focused on hydrology and nutrient management on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, quantifying nutrient and sediment losses via runoff into the Chesapeake Bay. The source of these nutrients was the intensive poultry industry on the Delmarva Peninsula. This experience led her to the Canadian prairies where she explored beneficial agricultural management practices in nutrient management and water quality in Southeastern Saskatchewan. She then went on to consult for the oil and gas industry in Alberta and assessing soil and groundwater contamination with hydrocarbons and salinity. As an environmental expert, she worked on a project for the International Fund for Agricultural Development on sustainable agricultural practices in eastern Senegal. Currently based in Calgary, she works independently as an environmental soil scientist and hydrogeologist, sings in two Calgary choirs, and volunteers as an interpreter for the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society.