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)

Check back for more information on the following scheduled lectures:

January 11, 2018: Dr. Darcy Mathews, The Ebb and Flow of Indigenous Tidal Pulse Fisheries in British Columbia

This is the story of a monumental stone and wood fish trap on the Central Coast of British Columbia. For hundreds of years the Heiltsuk peoples at the ancestral village of Hauyat used and maintained this trap to catch fish. Recent archaeological and ethnoecological work tells us a great deal about how and when this specific trap was built and used, and also how this place fits into a coast-wide sustainable and selective fishery practiced over thousands of years.

Dr. Darcy Mathews is an Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental Studies, at the University of Victoria. He is an Archaeologist and Ethnoecologist, interested in the deep history of intertidal and land-based resource management practiced by the indigenous peoples of British Columbia. This includes places such as fish traps, clam gardens, estuarine root gardens, indigenous soils, and culturally modified trees. In addition to his Central Coast work, Darcy is currently working with the Songhees Nation on a long-term research project on Chatham and Discovery Islands.

February Date TBD: Megan Adams (University of Victoria)

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)