Floating Ideas

Join us once a month for our evening lecture series and find out what’s new in marine science from the experts! Free to members, regular admission rates apply. Lectures begin at 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)

February 6, 2018: Megan Adams, Connecting land and sea - bears and people sharing coastal habitats

Bears and people have lived together, sharing space and food, since time immemorial. One food they have in common is Pacific salmon, a rich food source that sustains bears  and people alike through the long winter, and nourishes the surrounding forest. Recent research tells us the extent to which bears rely on salmon on the Central Coast of British Columbia, and opens new possibilities as to how bears and people can continue to share fish sustainably. 

Megan Adams is a PhD candidate with the Applied Conservation Science Lab at UVic and a biologist with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. Megan is passionate about the intersection of ecology and natural resource management, pursuing research that is applied and community driven. Working with the Wuikinuxv Nation and the Central Coast Bear Working Group, she studies spatial variation in dietary salmon of black and grizzly bears and its potential implications for fisheries and land use. 

March 12, 2018: James Miskelly, The Story of Vancouver Island as Told by Plants

The vegetation of southern Vancouver Island has been shaped by a variety of forces over the last ten thousand years.  Ice ages and warm spells have left behind a curious juxtaposition of species that seem to belong in the frozen north beside species that may be more at home in the southern deserts.  Landscape-scale management by Coast Salish civilizations over millennia has likewise left tell-tale signs in the plant community.  In the last two hundred years, vegetation has been altered at an unprecedented rate.  What do you see when you look at a forest, marsh, or meadow? What ancient stories do the plants tell?

James Miskelly is a biologist with expertise in Garry oak ecosystems, plants, insects, and restoration. James completed a Master of Science in Biology from the University of Victoria in 2004 and since then has worked on projects dealing with a variety of rare plants and animals. He has worked with all levels of government, conservation organizations, and private companies. James is a research associate at the Royal BC Museum and a member of the Arthropods Specialist Subcommittee of COSEWIC and the Rare Plants Recovery Implementation Group of GOERT.

April Date TBD: Christina Service (University of Victoria)