Brian Hunt

brian-huntAssistant Professor
UBC Hakai Professor in Oceanography
Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries

Contact Information

Office phone: 778-230-4776


Dr. Brian Hunt is a biological oceanographer with broad interests in the structure and function of pelagic ecosystems. He will bring much needed oceanographic direction into the IOF. His research has focused on plankton dynamics, the response of these lower trophic levels to bottom-up forcing by climatic and oceanographic conditions, and the implications of this response for mid-trophic levels, including forage and juvenile fish, as well as top predators. Brian’s research is wide ranging, spanning interests in the Antarctic, tropical South Pacific, New Zealand, Mediterranean, North Pacific and Arctic.

Since moving to UBC in 2006, British Columbia coastal ecosystems have been Dr. Hunt’s major research focus. After his initial involvement in the Tula Foundation funded Rivers Inlet Ecosystem Study between 2008 and 2011, Dr. Hunt has worked extensively in partnership with the Tula Foundation/Hakai Institute in developing Oceanographic Observatories’ on the Central Coast and in the Strait of Georgia. In addition to monitoring and communicating ecosystem response to climate, these platforms research new innovations in ocean observing, and inform collaborative programs with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and First Nations’ investigating the growth and survival of herring and salmon.

The Hakai Professorship in Oceanography was established through a generous donation of the Hakai Institute to the IOF. For more than a decade, Hakai donated enormous logistical and financial resources to UBC to bolster cutting edge research and committed to continue doing so through deeply rooted Hakai/IOF partnership.