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 2020/21

These seminars, which are also part of the FISH 500 course, will be offered online via ZOOM every Friday, from 11:00am to 12:00pm. This will the case for Term 1, and may also be the case for Term 2.

Term 1, 2020/21

October 30

Dr. Sarah Harper completed her PhD in 2019 at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, where she focused on estimating the contributions by women in fisheries economies around the world. Her research continues to weave together social, economic and policy dimensions of fisheries in BC and around the world, including gender equality, Indigenous fisheries, fisheries access and licensing policies, subsidy provision and reform, among other topics. Sarah is currently the gender co-lead for the Illuminating Hidden Harvests project, a collaboration between the FAO, WorldFish and Duke University, she is an instructor for the Haida Gwaii Institute where she teaches a course on fisheries co-management in the North Pacific Coast, and is about to start a Mitacs funded Postdoctoral Fellowship with the University of Victoria and Nature United, investigating climate change vulnerability and adaptation in BC fisheries. Sarah has worked with the United Nations FAO, Ecotrust Canada, the Heiltsuk Nation, Oceana Washington, and the Vancouver Aquarium’s OceanWise program. Her approach to research is highly collaborative, seeking projects that push for more sustainable and equitable ocean policies and institutional change.

The importance of gender in fisheries is gaining recognition as reflected by the Small-scale Fisheries Guidelines, and in mandates by organizations and funders to include gender in any research with a human dimension. Developing fisheries policies and programs now often requires a gender analysis to identify and mitigate the impact of these efforts on women and other vulnerable groups. This push for equity and equality emerges from human rights-based approaches to small-scale fisheries, further bolstered by the Sustainable Development Goals. While there is increasing emphasis on gender inclusion in fisheries policy and programs at a high level, the data needed to support gender analysis and the development of targeted programs on the ground, that redress inequalities, are lacking. Acknowledgement of this gap in gender data to inform fisheries management and policy is not new but efforts to close this gap might finally be gaining traction. This seminar focuses on the need to close this gender data gap for more informed and effective small-scale fisheries management and how to go about doing it. As we move even more fully into a data driven world where models and algorithms are used to make predictions and develop future scenarios, reducing gender bias in fisheries socio-economic data is even more critical to advancing gender equality in this sector.

This seminar will not be recorded at the speaker’s request

November 6

Boris Worm is a Killam Research Professor in Marine Conservation Biology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. His research program focuses on changes in marine biodiversity, and the effects of fisheries, climate change, and other human impacts on global ocean ecosystems. He is also the Ocean Frontier Institute’s Ambassador for Ocean Literacy and the Scientific Director of Ocean School, a youth education initiative developed in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada.

In this presentation I will argue that humanity has reached a critical turning point in our relationship with the ocean. We now comprehend our collective impacts and dependence on the sea and have the opportunity to work towards recovery at a global scale. I will present evidence that substantial rebuilding of marine ecosystems is possible over the next 30 years, assuming that local solutions are scaled to the global level, and integrated across national boundaries and diverging interests. Building ocean literacy, especially among youth, is identified as a critical prerequisite towards realizing that vision

November 13 Dr. Dana Miller
Oceana Europe
Fighting IUU fishing through improving corporate due diligence
November 20 Karen Sack
Ocean Unite
Investing in Blue Nature: Tackling Ocean Risk and Building Coastal Resilience
November 27 Vanessa Jaiteh
Ph.D. candidate, Murdoch University Perth, Western Australia
TBA: bycatch of pelagic fisheries in Palau or small scale shark fisheries in Indonesia
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.


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.