Paula Piilonen is a mineralogist in the Research and Collections Division of the Canadian Museum of Nature. Her work is focused on the mineralogy and evolution of alkaline rocks and she is currently working in Cambodia, Norway, New Mexico and Virginia. She is also the Vice-President of the Mineralogical Association of Canada, the first female to hold this position. In her spare time, Paula is a Muay Thai instructor, enjoys running, cycling and squash. She has participated on Students On Ice (2014).