William Burt

William Burt
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
University of British Columbia

BSc - Combined Honours Program in Geography and Earth Sciences: Geosciences, with a Minor in Ocean Sciences (2008)

William conducts oceanographic research and teaches undergraduate courses. His research focuses on estimating and understanding primary productivity in the waters off British Columbia. Aboard research vessels, William continuously pumps seawater through the laboratory and measures how light is absorbed and scattered, and uses that information to infer the biomass and growth rate of marine algae. He then tries to make sense of the data with the goal of publishing it in scientific journals.

My passion for research in natural sciences began in EOS 110, the first year Earth and Ocean Sciences course at UVic. I began with the Earth, studying geology at UVic, but slowly migrated into the Ocean, and after taking the Oceanography Science Minor program in 2007, I was hooked.

Subsequent education: PhD in Chemical Oceanography (Dalhousie University, 2015)