Pospelova, Vera


Phone number: (250) 721-6314
Email: vpospe@uvic.ca
Department: School of Earth & Ocean Sciences

Research description:

Understanding of causes and mechanisms of environmental change, whether it is related to climate change, or ecosystem degradation due to natural variability, or anthropogenic activity, requires compilation of environmental data that span beyond the period of instrumental measurements. If long-term monitoring measurements are scarce or unavailable, such information could be obtained only by studying (paleo)proxies from sedimentary records. My group is using organic-walled microfossils (dinoflagellate cysts, foraminiferal organic linings, pollen and spores, etc.) and geochemical proxies as indicators of past and present environmental conditions.

International activities:

I collaborate with colleagues in the USA, Japan, Belgium, Finland, Germany, the UK, and Korea.



Community projects

My group conducts (paleo)oceanographic research in coastal waters of British Columbia, e.g. Vancouver Island fjords (particularly Saanich and Effingham Inlets), the Strait of Georgia, bays of the Capital Regional District (CRD).

Ex: Human impact on coastal waters and the distribution of toxic species.

The goal of this project is to identify natural variability and human impact on coastal and estuarine waters. In addition, this project investigates the spatial and temporal extent of toxic species of dinoflagellates in order to determine their environmental preferences in coastal and estuarine environments. Frequency and extent of HABs (harmful algal blooms) in the resent past has been assessed.

Example: Krepakevich, A. and Pospelova, V. (2010). Anthropogenic impact on coastal bays of Southern Vancouver Island (BC, Canada) as reflected in phytoplankton sedimentary records. Continental Shelf Research, 30(18), p. 1924-1940.

UVic Speakers bureau

Vera Pospelova takes part in the UVic Speakers Bureau.
More information about the Speakers Bureau can be found here.

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