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Altering eelgrass: The impact of invasive European green crabs on critical habitat

BMSC Alumna, Brett Howard (SFU) and authors, report that the invasive green crab, Carcinus maenas, significantly reduces the density of ecologically important marine plant ecosystems.

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Humans unknowingly consume a lot of microplastics

Microplastic particles can easily sneak into our bodies undetected through food or when we breathe air containing microplastics, says BMSC Alunmus, Kieran Cox, a UVic marine biology PhD candidate in Francis Juanes’ lab.

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Undergraduate experiential learning leads to peer review publication

BMSC Scientific Diving class goes under to explore the effects of handling and captivity on red sea urchins.

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How do snails grow complex shells?

On growing a beautiful shell: How do snails coordinate the placement of shell sculpture?

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The answer to a long-standing mystery regarding the function of lamellose snail shell sculpture results in publication of BMSC undergraduate research

Although the frilled dogwinkle (Nucella lamellosa) is a well-studied intertidal snail, questions have remained regarding the purpose of some variations in shell form found commonly in individuals of this species. The function of axial lamellae, an external shell structure giving some individuals of this species a frilled appearance, has remained a mystery. As a part…

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Invasive European green crabs in Barkley Sound demonstrate faster attack rates and handling times for prey

Appetite for destruction: Invasive European green crabs in Barkley Sound eat faster and grow bigger

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Hook-induced injuries hamper suction feeding performance in marine shiner perch

Recreational fishing is popular throughout the world and has significant socioeconomic impacts. Catch-and-release fishing is beneficial for a number of reasons, but the immediate impact of hook removal is poorly understood. Melissa Thompson, a student in the 2017 Biology of Marine Fishes course (co-taught by Tim Higham and Sean Rogers) at the Bamfield Marine Sciences…

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BMSC Marine Invertebrate Zoology student observations inspires range expansion publication

Typically found on the wave-exposed sandy beaches of California and Oregon, the Pacific sand crab, Emerita analoga, was first noticed by our Marine Invertebrate Zoology students on Keeha Beach in 2016, leading to a publication by instructors, Dr. Mar Wonham (Quest U) and Dr. Mike Hart (SFU).

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In the sea, do sperm from different males directly compete for eggs, and do eggs have a choice??

Our 2012 Science Diving class was part of the field crew to assist with Dr. Levitan’s research.

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Our undergraduate experiential learning results in significant discovery about predicting biodiversity.

This new study, published online today, is the result of data collected by our undergraduate students as part of their field course, Coastal Community Ecology.

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