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Historical Ecology & Coastal Archaeology

OverviewWhat to Expect Instructor: Dr. Iain McKechnie Overview: This course will introduce students to historical ecology from an archaeological perspective. We will visit a series of coastal archaeological sites in Nuu-chah-nulth territory in Barkley Sound and examine archaeological and ecological data from these sites in the lab. The majority of our time will be spent at the…
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Place-based learning in Huu-ay-aht Territory – FULL

OverviewWhat to Expect Overview: On the west coast of Vancouver Island, Nuu-chah-nulth peoples, including Huu-ay-aht First Nation (HFN), have occupied their homelands along the mountains and seas for thousands of years. This extended land and water tenure is reflected, among other ways, through a multitude of narratives, songs, ceremonies, family lines and place names. In relatively…
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Biological Oceanography

OverviewWhat to Expect Instructor: Dr. Brent Else Overview: This course will serve as an introduction to oceanography, with an emphasis on how physical and chemical processes drive primary production and the rest of the marine food web. Lectures topics will include ocean structure, waves/tides, circulation, ocean chemistry, land/ocean interactions, primary producers, marine animals, and marine ecosystems.…
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Crustacean Biology

OverviewWhat to Expect Instructor: Dr. Gregory Jensen Overview: Cross dressing. Sex change. Chastity belts. Crustaceans were doing all this and more, long before humans ever appeared. Come learn all about this fascinating group in a setting where you can study them up close in their natural habitat and in the lab. Crustaceans are one of…
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Science Journalism (cancelled)

OverviewWhat to Expect Overview: This course will focus on the practice of science journalism. Topics will include identifying newsworthy stories, finding sources, techniques of effective interviewing, story structure, and writing in the style and at the level required by journalistic outlets (newspapers, magazines, and online). Research Skills: The Science Journalism course does not teach research techniques…
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Marine Ecology

OverviewWhat to Expect Instructors: Dr. Chris Neufeld, Sam Starko Overview: This hands-on field based course will focus on the ecology of local intertidal and subtidal habitats. In the first part of the course, students will study the fundamental ecological theories developed and applied in the marine environment. During regular field trips students will learn many…
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Conservation Biology – FULL

Overview Instructors: Dr. Wendy Palen, Dr. Thomas Sisk Overview: The conservation of biodiversity requires a solid scientific foundation rooted in ecology and evolutionary biology. Science in support of effective conservation must often integrate biological processes and mechanisms operating at multiple spatial and temporal scales. This course will investigate processes that drive patterns in the composition,…
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Subtidal Science (formerly Scientific Diving)

OverviewWhat to Expect Instructors: Dr. Isabelle Côté, Siobhan Gray Overview: British Columbia’s marine ecosystems are rich in diversity and offer exciting opportunities for research. Yet the challenge of accessing this system is significant, and presents a barrier to many wishing to study it. This course is designed as an introduction to the techniques and practical aspects…
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Fall seminar, Thursday Sept. 24, 5pm

Title: “The role of low dissolved phosphorus in the formation of Didymosphenia geminata blooms”. Dr. Max Bothwell . Location: RIX A.

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Hagfish slime reduces uptake of metals, but not organic nutrients.

Hagfish slime acts as a selective filter, allowing the passage of nutrients across the skin, but impairing the transport of trace elements that may cause toxicity at relatively elevated levels.

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