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Sea urchins are on the move, and the ‘Blob’ is partly to blame

February 6, 2023 - Media release

New research has uncovered a change in behaviour of deep-sea fragile pink sea urchins off the south coast of Vancouver Island that is linked to climate change impacts including the “Blob,” a marine heatwave that persisted in the Pacific Ocean off North America between 2013 to 2016. Researchers from the University of Victoria (UVic), Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), and the Memorial University of Newfoundland found that pink sea urchins have been moving up into shallower waters as food sources and oxygen levels at lower depths decline due to a warming ocean.

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Mapping the health of kelp forests

January 5, 2023 - The Ring

Canopy-forming kelp forests are a vital lifeline for spawning herring and juvenile salmon, but a raft of environmental stressors make the future of those underwater forests uncertain. A new research alliance is examining the resilience and decline of bull kelp along the BC central coast due to warming ocean temperatures, in hopes of identifying areas of potential protection and possible restoration.

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Hope and story

December 9, 2022 - The Torch

UVic social sciences grad and Crookes professor Sean Holman works long hours trying to bring a human face to the way the media covers climate change—and build communities of action.

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Clean energy future

October 28, 2022 - knowlEDGE

Rural and Indigenous communities are poised to play a central role in Canada’s low-carbon energy future, according to one of Canada’s top energy transition researchers. UVic geographer and civil engineer Christina Hoicka explains that as the impacts of climate change grow, a massive upscaling of renewable energies will be required.

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