Experts on kelp forests available for World Oceans Day

Social Sciences

Geography grad student Brian Timmer conducts field work in a bed of kelp near the Broughton Archipelago, on BC's central coast. Credit: Markus Thompson

On World Oceans Day, two geography graduate students are preparing for immersive field work to study kelp forests on the remote central BC coast. Adhering to strict COVID-19 protocols, Brian Timmer and Lianna Gendall will be self-isolating for 14 days before they embark on their MITACS internship with the Hakai Institute to better understand BC's threatened kelp forests, which are vital to ocean health. Read more about their research expedition in UVic News

Brian Timmer (Geography) is a master’s student studying remote sensing. He is using satellites, drones and spectral imaging to measure the depth of kelp forests found along the BC central coast. (Email:

Lianna Gendall (Geography) is a master’s student examining old nautical charts, government surveys, satellite imagery and traditional ecological knowledge from the areas surrounding Haida Gwaii to better understand how kelp forests have changed during the course of the last century.  (Email: )

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Keywords: oceans, climate, research, biodiversity, Geography

People: Brian Timmer, Lianna Gendall

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