Visiting Teaching Opportunity – Marine Plankton Ecology
Location: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
Come teach exceptional students in a hands-on coastal learning environment. Take advantage of a fleet of boats, an extensive flow-through seawater system, helpful support staff, and unparalleled access to diverse coastal habitats.
photo: Dr. Edith Krause
Our Summer Semester courses are immersive, requiring intense commitment from students, TA’s, and Instructors.
BMSC is an important member of the local community of Bamfield and works collaboratively with the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, the Alberni-Clayoquot regional district, the RCMP and the Coastguard.
Our Summer Courses inspire investigation, promote critical thinking, and offer opportunities for independent research. Courses run in 3 or 6 week blocks. Classes are scheduled from Monday to Friday, with some work expected from students over the weekend.
This course will investigate the ecology and diversity of phytoplankton and zooplankton, and the links between plankton biology and the physicochemical characteristics of the marine environment in which they live. In the ocean, phytoplankton and zooplankton have unparalleled taxonomic, morphological and genetic diversity, and are the foundation of pelagic food webs. The goal of this course is to understand the dynamics of lower trophic levels in marine pelagic ecosystems, and the critical role of these organisms on the biogeochemistry and ecology of the ocean and the planet at different time and space scales. This course will include a combination of lectures, field and laboratory work, discussion of papers from the primary literature, and independent projects.
Required Qualifications and Experience