Verena Tunnicliffe - Biology
They're the lifelong passion of Dr. Verena Tunnicliffe (biology), an internationally renowned expert on the sea life found at hydrothermal vents, subsea volcanoes and low-oxygen zones.
Tunnicliffe’s research focuses on the biology and ecology of deep-ocean organisms living in extreme conditions, and has contributed onto the formation of two major ocean reserves.
“Learning about adaptations in these harsh conditions helps us understand the limits of life, and enables us to protect ocean biodiversity in the face of climate change”, she says.
As director of the ocean observing network VENUS, Tunnicliffe’s lab interacts extensively with a wide research community interested in ecosystem processes in the Salish Sea. The Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea (VENUS) is an innovative approach to interacting with the oceans.
Scientific instruments under the sea surface and on the sea floor connect directly to a data clearinghouse and to the computers of researchers via fibre optic cables. Study locations in Saanich Inlet and Strait of Georgia support internationally significant research on a range of topics.