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

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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Who's Been Here? View All

Seminar, Tuesday May 29: “Hidden Treasures: Marine biology in the art and poetry of Neruda’s Maramoto”.

Join us for a seminar by Dr. Mar Wonham, 5pm, ALL WELCOME!

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