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Dr. Chris Neufeld

University of British Columbia

Dr. Christopher J. Neufeld is an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia and a Research Scientist at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC) where he leads the Kelp RESCUE (Resilient Coastal Underwater Ecosystems) Project. Dr. Neufeld is a broadly trained scientist with 15 years of experience leading collaborative and impactful research in coastal ecosystems. Dr. Neufeld has established collaborations with scientists from federal and provincial agencies (Parks Canada, DFO, FLNRO), non-profits, and First Nations. He is also a member of multiple international marine habitat working groups and has recently authored the COSEWIC Status assessment for Yelloweye Rockfish. He has authored 15 refereed publications in high-impact journals, and he regularly speaks about his work on coastal ecology and kelp forest resilience in national and international venues and in the popular media (e.g. CBC’s Quirks and Quarks, NPR’s Science Friday, National Geographic). Prior to his current role, Dr. Neufeld served as the Associate Director Education at the BMSC, Faculty Instructor at the University of Calgary, and regular faculty at Quest University.

The Kelp RESCUE Project is conducting translational research towards innovative solutions for scalable kelp forest restoration. Supported by a grant from the Ngan Page Family Fund and overseen by the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, it launched in June 2021.