Oceans and Fisheries Seminars

The IOF Oceans and Fisheries Seminar Series is open to the public. Everyone is welcome!

The IOF Oceans and Fisheries Seminar Series invites speakers to present the latest research in a wide range of disciplines related to freshwater systems, the oceans, and fisheries. Past speakers have included public communicators, economists, ecosystem modellers, anthropologists, and ecologists. These seminars draw a diverse audience, leading to thought-provoking discussions and a sharing of new ideas and perspectives.


Academic Year 2022-2023 – Term 2

Note: For Term 2 2022, IOF Seminars take place on Fridays from 11:00 am to 12 noon. They will either been in a Hybrid (in-person and via Zoom), or ZOOM only format.

February 3
Hybrid: In-person & online
Dr. Julia K. Baum
Professor and President’s Chair, Ocean Ecology and Global Change, University of Victoria
PEW Fellow in Marine Conservation
Julia Baum holds the Faculty of Science President’s Chair at the University of Victoria where she is also Professor of Ocean Ecology and Global Change and a Provost’s Engaged Scholar. An expert in coral reef ecology, marine fisheries and climate change, Baum’s research group works to advance understanding of ocean climate change impacts, and inform and catalyze climate solutions. Baum earned her B.Sc. from McGill University, and her M.Sc. and PhD from Dalhousie University. She was a Smith Conservation Research Fellow at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a Schmidt Ocean Institute Fellow UC Santa Barbara, before joining UVic in 2011. Baum is the recipient of the Sloan Research Fellowship in Ocean Sciences, the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation, and NSERC’s E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellow. She has served on expert panels for the Royal Society of Canada and the Chief Science Advisor of Canada, and is currently Science Advisor for Kelp Rescue and a Senior Advisor to Ocean Visions. Baum is a vocal champion of equity, diversity and inclusivity, and is also committed to communicating science and the need for climate solutions to policy-makers and the public.
Marine Heatwave-Driven Transformation of Coral Reef Ecosystems
Climate change-amplified marine heatwaves now pose an imminent threat to the world’s tropical coral reefs. On almost all coral reefs, however, climate change is superimposed on a suite of local anthropogenic stressors, and available evidence suggests that these impacted reefs can fare better than protected ones during heatwaves, leading to the ‘protection paradox’.

In this talk, we’ll journey an atoll in the central equatorial Pacific that endured heat stress of unprecedented duration during the 2015-2016 El Niño-induced 3rd global coral bleaching event. Dr. Baum will present ecosystem-scale results of the impacts of prolonged heat stress, and discuss the role that local stressors played in modulated heat stress impacts as well as distinct mechanisms of coral resilience.

February 10
Dr. Jonathan Moore
Professor; Liber Ero Chair of Coastal Science and Management, Simon Fraser University
Jonathan Moore a Professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, in the Department of Biological Sciences and the School of Resource and Environmental Management. He holds the Liber Ero Research Chair of Coastal Science and Management. Dr. Moore received his PhD from University of Washington and did a postdoc with NOAA fisheries. At SFU, he leads the Salmon Watersheds Lab. They focus on freshwater biodiversity, watersheds, and global change, with particular focus on BC’s rivers and their salmon. They work closely with a diverse array of collaborators and partner organizations and work hard to try to link science to positive watershed change. He is an award-winning scientist, and he has published over 120 papers on these topics. He lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia, and loves exploring coastal oceans, mountains, forests, and rivers with his family.
Salmon Futures: Science and Stewardship of Salmon Systems in an Era of Rapid Change
In watersheds of western North America, migratory salmon support ecosystems, economies, and cultures. However, these fish and their fisheries are threatened by climate change and multiple stressors. How do we steward salmon systems in this era of rapid change? Here Dr. Moore will share some stories of science and its application for salmon stewardship and climate resilience, from sea level rise to warming river temperatures to glacier retreat. While these are grave challenges and there is urgent need for climate change action, there are opportunities for forward-looking and collaborative science to help guide proactive conservation and management.

February 17 Dr. Amy M. Van Cise
Assistant Professor
Whale and Dolphin Ecology Lab
University of Washington
Tent: evolutionary ecology of marine mammals
February 24
READING WEEK – No classes
March 3 Dr. Nicola Smith
Liber Ero Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Changing Ocean Research Unit
Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Tent: climate change and marine invasive species
March 10 Dr. Guillermo Ortuño Crespo
Postdoctoral researcher
Stockholm Resilience Centre
The future of spatial ecology, transboundary management & the High Seas
March 17 Dr. Ben Halpern
Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UC Santa Barbara
Director, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
March 24 Dr. Jessica Gephart
Assistant Professor
Environmental Science
American University
Tent: role of global seafood trade in sustainable and resilient food systems
March 31
April 7 Student Presentations
January 13 Dr. Alex Moore Coastal wetland ecology and conservation: The role of predators
January 20 Dr. Courtney Shuert Migration, stress, and animal health: Using movement ecology to support conservation for narwhal and other marine mammals in the Arctic

This session was not recorded at the request of the speaker.

January 27 Dr. Jean-Baptiste Jouffray The Anthropocene Ocean: challenges and prospects for ocean sustainability


September 16 Dr. Megan Bailey, Associate Professor, Dalhousie University Tinkers, seeders and squishy lobster: Science in support of Treaty fisheries
September 23 Dr. Facundo Llompart, Researcher, Austral Center for Scientific Research (CADIC) Recent tensions between productive opportunities and conservation risks: case studies on fish, fisheries and aquaculture in southern Patagonia
October 7 Shelley Denny, Director of Aquatic Research and Stewardship, Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources Doing Treaty: An alternative fisheries governance model for Mi'kmaq Aboriginal and Treaty Rights to fish in Nova Scotia
October 14 Dr. Pierre Failler, Director of the Centre for Blue Governance Ocean in need of Blue Governance
October 21 Symposium to honour Professor Emeritus Dr. Tony J. Pitcher
October 28 Veronica Relano El Pueblo es El Mar - The people are the sea. An initiative of the SOS project, Somos OceanoS 2030
Not recorded at speaker's request
November 4 Dr. Erin Rechisky Fisheries and Oceans Canada South Coast Area Stock Assessment: Who We Are, What We Do and Why It’s Important for Pacific Salmon Management
November 18 Dr. Philippe Archambault Portrait of the marine biodiversity in the Canadian Arctic
November 25 Mia Strand, PhD researcher, Nelson Mandela University Arts-based participatory research methods for more inclusive area-based ocean management
December 2 Dr. Adaoma Wosu, The Landscapes and Livelihoods Group Seminar cancelled due to speaker illness.

September 10 Dr. Rosemary Ommer The importance of scale complexities in fisheries research
September 17 Dr. Stephen Palumbi The adaptive capacity of ocean species to respond to climate change
September 24 Dr. Amina T. Schartup The Biogeochemical Cycle of Mercury in an Era of Environmental Change
October 1 Dr. Rashid Sumaila Getting values and valuation right is fundamental to achieving Infinity fish
October 8 Dr. Gideon Mordecai The underwater epidemic; emerging viruses in wild Pacific salmon
October 15 Dr. Amanda Vincent Saving seahorses to save the seas
October 22 Dr. Katye Altieri Strategies for increasing the representation and success of Black Women in Oceanography – lessons learned from the Ocean Womxn programme in South Africa
October 29 Dr. Michelle Tseng Ecological and evolutionary effects of warming on plankton and insect communities
November 5 Dr. Vianey Leos Barajas Extending the hidden Markov model for analysis of animal movement data
November 12 Dr. Ian Perry DFO, and the Salish Sea
November 19 Dr. Jeremy Pittman Identifying entry points to enhance the adaptive capacity of small-scale fishing communities
November 26 Student and Presentations Student and Presentations

  • Max Miner (MSc student): Lax Kwil Dziidz: The place that squirts. Harmful Algal Blooms, Ancient DNA, and Gitga'at Shellfish Mariculture at Clamstown
  • Josh McInnes (MSc student): Photo-Identification and Community Structure of Transient Killer Whales off California and Oregon
  • Kristen Sora (PhD student): Beaufort Sea Historical Changes and Relevance to Management
  • Harmony Martell (Postdoctoral Fellow): Training Corals to Resist Bleaching

January 14 Dr. Tim Essington Expecting the unexpected: understanding and forecasting ecological responses to low dissolved oxygen in coastal ocean ecosystems
January 21 Dr. Lucy Woodall Co-creating deep sea science in a large ocean state
January 28 Dr. Espinosa Romero Sustainability at scale. Connecting 300,000 small-scale fishers in Latin America and the Caribbean for the mobilization of knowledge, solutions, and capital opportunities
February 4 Dr. Paul Venturelli The growing case for fishing apps as a viable (and exciting!) source of data
Please note: This session was NOT recorded at the speaker's request.
February 11 Lauren Eckert Conservation, conflict, and core beliefs: Examining conflict and opportunities towards transformation in an Orca-Salmon-Human system
Please note: This session was NOT recorded at the speaker's request.
February 18 Dr. Kristi Miller-Saunders Cumulative stressor impacts: towards a holistic measure of salmon health and condition
March 4 Dr. Michelle LaRue Many hands make light work: crowd-sourcing reveals population status for Weddell seals in Antarctica
March 11 Johanna Wagstaffe, meteorologist and scientist for CBC Vancouver and CBC News Network Extreme Weather 2021: A Snapshot of BC’s Future?
Please note: This session was NOT recorded at the speaker's request.
March 18 Dr. Elizabeth Selig Global risks of labor abuse and illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing
March 25 Dr. Jessica Black and Dr. Courtney Carothers Tamamta (All of Us): Indigenizing and Decolonizing Fisheries Education, Research, and Governance in Alaska
April 1 Dr. Juliano Palacios Abrantes Marine fishes do not need visas: managing shared fish stocks in a changing world Due to unforeseen circumstances, the seminar is cancelled this week.
April 8 Student Presentations

  • Natalie Benoit (MSc): Using environmental DNA (eDNA) to assess biomass of juvenile Pacific salmon
  • Allison Cutting (MSc): Entangling Assumptions: Sea Turtles and Paper Parks in a Nicaraguan Small-Scale Fishery
  • Charity Justrabo (MSc): Involving community in projecting the future of Nation-specific culturally important marine species in British Columbia under climate change.
  • Roshni Mangar (MSc): Understanding the fishers to change the fishery. Why are people involved in the bottom trawl industry in India
  • Vianney Guibourd de Luzinais (PhD): Dynamic modeling of the impact of extreme events such as marine heat waves

Please note: This session was NOT recorded as related papers have not yet been published\


September 11 Dr. Dana Lepofsky, Simon Fraser University The Clam Garden Network: Exploring the social-ecological contexts of clam management in the past, present and future
September 18 Dr. Robert Blasiak, Stockholm Resilience Centre The ocean genome and future prospects for conservation and equity
September 25 Dr. Jessica Sparks, University of Nottingham Modern slavery at sea: Working conditions in a changing marine environment
October 2 Dr. Andrea Reid "Two-Eyed Seeing": An Indigenous framework to transform fisheries research and management
October 9 Dr. Thomas Froelicher, University of Bern Ocean extremes: From marine heatwaves to compound events
NOTE: This session was not recorded at the speaker's request.
October 16 Dr. Ryan Rykaczewski, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Projected impacts of anthropogenic climate change on the California Current pelagic ecosystem
NOTE: This session was not recorded at the speaker's request.
October 23 Dr. Loren McClenachan, Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Colby College Warming waters, climate history, and adaptation: Lessons from Maine’s lobster fishery
NOTE: This session was not recorded at the speaker's request.
October 30 Dr. Sarah Harper, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Victoria and Nature United Closing the gender data gap to improve small-scale fisheries research and policy
NOTE: This session was not recorded at the speaker's request.
November 6 Dr. Boris Worm, Dalhousie University People and the Sea: A positive vision for 2050
November 13 Dr. Dana Miller, Senior Policy Advisor, Oceana Europe Fighting IUU fishing through improving corporate due diligence
November 20 Karen Sack, Ocean Unite Collaborating on Financial Innovation to Build Resilience to Ocean Risk through Nature Based Solutions
November 27 Dr. Andrea Frommel, Postdoctoral Fellow, Pelagic Ecosystems Lab Effects of environmental parameters on early life stages of commercial fishes and the implications for aquaculture
January 15 Dr. Martin Wolf, postdoctoral associate, Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy The Environmental Performance Index: What can data-driven analyses teach us about sustainability policy around the world?
January 22 Dr. Kristina Boerder, postdoctoral researcher, Dalhousie University Protecting marine biodiversity in the Anthropocene
January 29 CANCELLED. Due to circumstances beyond our control today's seminar has been cancelled.
February 5 Sara Cannon, PhD candidate, UBC Department of Geography and IOF History doesn't have to repeat itself: Looking back at the origins of biodiversity conservation shows that decolonization is necessary for just and effective steps forward
February 12 Dr. Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor, Research Associate, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries Enabling conditions for an equitable and sustainable Blue Economy
February 19 READING WEEK
February 26 Dr. Joey Bernhardt, Hutchinson Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University Linking physiology to population persistence and human well-being in a changing world
March 5 Dr. Rebecca Asch, Assistant Professor, East Carolina University Adding More Ecology to Ecological Niche Models: Life History, Non-Stationary Habitat Use, and Trade-offs in Climate Change Responses Among Fishes
March 12 Dr. Philippa Cohen Fish in food systems; beyond protein, production and pessimism
March 19 Dr. Ibrahim Issifu An integrated systems model for mitigating marine plastic pollution
March 26 Dr. Jesse Morin New Insights Into Pre-Contact Coast Salish Salmon Fisheries and Implications for Modern Stewardship
April 9 Samantha Ramirez
Kasey Stirling/Kate Mussett
Aaron Greenberg
Meaghan Efford
Rowenna Gryba
IOF Student presentations


Term 1, 2019/20

September 13 Rachael Sullivan
Equity Facilitator
UBC Equity & Inclusion
Community Building Education: Diversity and Inclusion at UBC
Video was not recorded
October 4 Dr. Alejandro Buren, Research Scientist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada Science advice in the context of complex and changing ocean ecosystems
October 11 Dr. Laura Parfrey, Assistant Professor, UBC Departments for Botany and Zoology Microbial community assembly on seaweeds
Video was not recorded at the speaker's request
October 18 Dr. Scott Hinch, Professor, UBC Forestry Touching salmon: When is it wrong? Consequences of release or escape from fisheries capture
October 25 Dr. Gideon Mordecai, Postdoctoral Fellow, UBC A genomic view of viruses in farmed salmon in BC
Video was not recorded at the speaker's request
November 1 Dr. Evelyn Pinkerton, Professor, School of Resource & Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University Strategies and Policies Supporting Access and Conservation by Small-Scale Fishermen in a Neoliberal World
November 8 Dr. Patrick T. Martone, Professor, UBC Botany & Biodiversity Research Centre The rise and fall of coralline algae: Evolutionary, morphological, and ecological trends
November 15 Jeroen Steenbeek, Software engineer, Ecopath International Initiative Recent advances in the Ecopath with Ecosim food (EwE) web modelling approach
November 22 Marta Coll, Researcher, Institute of Marine Science (ICM–CSIC) (Barcelona, Spain) Advancing food web modelling capabilities to analyse global ocean futures
November 29 Seth Wynes, PhD student, UBC Department of Geography How academics can lead by example in a carbon constrained world
Note: Video is available, however the sound cuts out at 28.08. Video continues to end so viewers can see the full slide deck.

Term 2

January 10 Panellists: Peter Klein, Professor, UBC Journalism and Executive Director, Global Reporting Program
Caroline Graham, IOF M.Sc. student (China)
Thomas Smith, IOF M.Sc. student (West Africa)
Moderator: Monique Rodrigues, UBC Journalism alum
Panel Discussion: Fish You Don't Know You Eat
January 17 Nigel Haggan, MA, MSc, PhD Unsettling fisheries science
January 24 Ian Urbina, New York Times investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner The Outlaw Ocean: A conversation with Ian Urbina
January 31 Dr. Dyhia Belhabib, Ecotrust Canada Spying and snitching on fishy behaviour at sea
February 7 Kyra St-Pierre, Postdoctoral Fellow, Pelagic Ecosystems Lab What happens on land doesn't stay on land: Downstream impacts of watershed changes in northern ecosystems. This session was not be recorded at the speaker's request
February 14 Sharon Wu, Managing Director, Research Support Services Navigating Research Support Services at UBC
This session was not be recorded at the speaker's request
February 28 Dr. Jennifer Sunday, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, McGill University The ecological mechanics of range shifts in a warming world
March 6 Jeffrey Whiting, President & Founder, Artists for Conservation Foundation Art as a force for conservation
March 13 Dr. Jessica Garzke, Postdoctoral Fellow, Pelagic Ecosystems Lab Environmental changes influence coastal plankton communities with implications on food quantity and quality for fish

Select IOF seminar videos are available for viewing here.