BMSC Overview


The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre is a not-for-profit, registered Canadian charity,
and a shared campus of the
Universities of Victoria, British Columbia, Alberta, Calgary, and Simon Fraser University.

Perched on the outer west coast of Vancouver Island, BMSC provides access to a remarkable diversity of marine, terrestrial, freshwater and cultural sites of the North East Pacific basin. With 3000 sq m of modern laboratory space it can support research in almost any field of study.

Situated in the town of Bamfield, within the traditional territory of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations in Barkley Sound, and adjacent the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, BMSC offers unparalleled access to a wide array of environments – including unique coastal, marine and rainforest habitats and exceptional species diversity.

BMSC was established in 1972 by the Western Canadian Universities Marine Sciences Society (WCUMSS) in order to provide a permanent base for marine and coastal-oriented field operations on the west coast of Canada.

WCUMSS has a mandate to:

  • Provide world-class research infrastructure for marine and coastal scientists from the member universities and from other Canadian and International institutes
  • Offer senior undergraduate and graduate courses and programs in marine and coastal sciences
  • Provide training for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and technicians in practical aspects of marine and coastal research
  • Offer in-residence programs in marine biology and general science to schools, colleges, First Nations and other public groups

BMSC’s 2019 Management Council:

Drs. Sean Rogers (BMSC Director, U of Calgary), Jon Driver (WCUMSS President, SFU), Isabelle Côté (SFU), Frank Marsiglio (U of Alberta), Leslie Rigg (U of Calgary), Barbara Hawkins (U of Victoria), David Coltman (U of Alberta), Michael Caldwell (U of Alberta), Cathy Ryan (U of Calgary), Meigan Aronson (UBC), Ray McNichol (UBC).