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.

These seminars, also part of the FISH 500 course, every Friday during the academic year, from 11:00am to 12:00pm in the AERL Building Theatre (Rm. 120). The AERL Building is located on 2202 Main Mall at UBC Vancouver.

Term 2

January 24 Ian Urbina
New York Times investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner

There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But perhaps the wildest and least understood, are the world’s oceans: too big to police, and under no clear international authority, these immense regions of treacherous water play host to rampant criminality and exploitation.

In his new book, The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier, New York Times investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Ian Urbina uncovers a globe-spanning network of crime and exploitation that emanates from the fishing, oil and shipping industries, and on which the world’s economies rely.

Join Ian at the University of British Columbia as he discusses the stories of astonishing courage and brutality, survival and tragedy, that he witnessed in the high seas.

Moderated by Peter Klein, director of UBC’s Global Reporting Centre, this event is a collaboration between the Sea Around Us initiative, the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, UBC’s School of Journalism, the GRC, and Trace.

January 31 Dr. Dyhia Belhabib
Ecotrust Canada
Spyglass app: citizen reporting of illegal fishing
February 7

Kyra grew up among the lakes and rivers of eastern Ontario, far from – but always well connected to - the ocean. She combines principles and techniques from multiple disciplines, including limnology, hydrology, analytical chemistry and biology to understand complex ecological processes. She has worked across the Arctic, focusing on the impacts of glacial melt and permafrost thaw on downstream waters, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in aquatic biogeochemistry with the Hakai Institute and Pelagic Ecosystems Lab, working at the land-ocean interface of B.C.’s Central Coast.

Climate change is occurring more dramatically across northern regions than anywhere else on the planet. Warming and wetting are leading to increased glacial melt, permafrost thaw, and lengthened growing season, already resulting in transformative changes to the structure and function of freshwater ecosystems. But the impact of these changes may extend much further, beyond the coastlines that delineate the boundary between land and sea. The land-to-ocean aquatic continuum concept acknowledges that changes on land have important consequences for the quality and function of coastal waters, linked by rivers and streams that integrate changes happening across the watersheds that they drain. Using case studies from watersheds in the Canadian Arctic and the Central Coast of British Columbia, we will show the impact of wide scale landscape processes to the transport and processing of key nutrients and pollutants, highlighting the potential consequences of such changes on the quality and function of coastal waters.

February 14 Sharon Wu
Managing Director, Research Support Services
UBC Office of Research Services
The administrative side of scientific research
February 21 READING WEEK – NO seminar
February 28 Dr. Jennifer Sunday
Assistant Professor, William Dawson Scholar
Hakai Institute Research Affiliate
Department of Biology
McGill University
March 6 Jeffrey Whiting
President & Founder
Artists for Conservation Foundation
The role art has to play in conservation science
March 13 Jessica Garzke
Postdoctoral Fellow, IOF
March 20 TBA TBA
March 27 TBA Student presentations
April 3 Harmony Martell
Ocean Leaders Postdoctoral Fellow
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger: Acquired thermal tolerance in Scleractinian corals
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

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.

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