Ideafest 2017

Ecology of a changing coast


MacLaurin Building (MAC)A144, David Lam Auditorium

March 8

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Ecology of a changing coast

The BC coastal region—from the Salish Sea to the Great Bear Rainforest and the Haida Gwaii archipelago—is home to some of the richest biodiversity on Earth. Fish, bears, wolves, whales, migratory birds and botanical species, among others, flourish here. And for millennia First Nations have flourished alongside them. Yet today, the effects of climate change, overharvesting and development are impacting this fine balance. Three researchers at the forefront of their fields discuss their research on the changing ecology of the BC coast and their efforts to minimize these threats, working with local communities and government.     

Presenters: Brian Starzomski (School of Environmental Studies) First Nations land use helped the forest grow bigger in BC's Great Bear Rainforest; Chris Darimont (Department of Geography) Guardians of the coast—Safeguarding salmon, carnivores and the habitats that sustain us all and Natalie Ban (School of Environmental Studies) Fish for the future: Indigenous stewardship of the ocean

This event is hosted by UVic's Vice-President Research, David Castle.