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

Recent Publications View All

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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Targeting high quality adult habitat important for rockfish protection & MPA design

Two recent studies published in MEPS give new insight into rockfish population dynamics in Barkley Sound with 7 years of survey data.

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Who's Been Here? View All

We honour the memory of Dr. Bill Austin, a founding father of BMSC.

Dr. William C. Austin was a highly regarded marine biologist, environmentalist and educator who studied and documented marine life of the Pacific Coast of North America for close to 60 years.

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Seminar, Tuesday August 29: “Battle of the sexes: How sexual conflict obstructs natural selection.” 5pm, Rix Centre

Join us for a seminar by Dr. Chippindale,

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