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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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BMSC during COVID

Take a journey with us, and discover what has been happening at the “BMSC during COVID”.

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Ocean acidification / coralline algae paper a collaboration among Alumni from four of our member universities

Contrary to theoretical expectations, calcification does NOT always protect coralline algae from herbivory – species and shape matters!

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Predicting the fate of eDNA in the environment and implications for studying biodiversity

The role that differing environments play on the major processes that eDNA undergoes between organism and collection, with recommendations for eDNA practitioners.

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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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