Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre is a not-for-profit, registered Canadian charity.


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Your oceanside campus.

Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre is a world-class teaching and research facility located on the outer west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada, situated in the traditional territory of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, a Nuu-chah-nulth Nation and member of the Maa-nulth Treaty Society.

The Marine Centre supports diverse coastal and marine research of the highest calibre and is recognized as among the very best research and training facilities in the world.

Explore the diversity of this dynamic coastal environment, from exposed rocky shorelines, expansive sandy beaches, productive estuaries, and ancient coastal temperate rainforests.

Educational support for BMSC students amidst Covid-19

Message from the Director, Dr. Sean Rogers
– revised April 2021

Dear friends,  

Upon carefully considering the unfolding situation with COVID19, ongoing recommendations from public health, and the remote nature of the Bamfield community, BMSC has decided that we will not be hosting on-site university courses or field trips until September 2021, at the earliest. We believe this is the best course of action to protect our students, protect our staff, and the small populations of Bamfield and Anacla. In the coming months, we will be working to evaluate how many visitors we can safely welcome to our campus in the future. At present, we are only welcoming and supporting researchers with critical research programs.

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Applications are now being accepted. The deadline to apply is June 11, 2021.

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How do lake-invading marine stickleback survive cold winters?

Marine stickleback have repeatedly invaded freshwater environments. On the Pacific coast of Canada, freshwater lakes are colder during the winter than the ocean – so how do marine stickleback invaders survive?

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