Research Overview

The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre provides year-round research facilities, basic and specialty equipment, and technical assistance to scientists from the five western Canadian universities as well as visiting scientists from other Canadian and international institutions.
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BMSC offers unparalleled access to a wide array of environments – including unique coastal, freshwater, marine, and rainforest habitats and exceptional species diversity.

Research Themes:

BMSC fosters an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to various research themes in coastal sciences:

  • Ecology, Evolution & Conservation
  • Climate Change
  • Fish Physiology
  • Fluid Dynamics & Mechanics
  • Invasive Species
  • Aquaculture

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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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Who's Been Here? View All

Introducing BMSC researcher, MSc student Shannon Mendt

Shannon Mendt, a Masters student from Thompson Rivers University, is investigating the effect that energy reserves have on the mortality of juvenile intertidal invertebrates.

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