Weekly 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.

Please RSVP to receive your personal link to the specific Seminar.

Term 1, 2020/21

September 25

Dr. Jess Sparks is Associate Director of the University of Nottingham Rights Lab (Ecosystems and the Environment Programme), Assistant Professor of Antislavery Ecosystems in the School of Geography, and Nottingham Research Fellow. Her research focuses on conceptualizing and quantifying the processes and interconnections that facilitate a modern slavery - environmental degradation - climate change nexus specifically in fisheries, agriculture, and forestry. Her research uses both quantitative and qualitative research methods to student these bi-directional and non-linear links through a social-ecological systems approach.

Investigative journalism and emerging scholarly research have posited links between fish stock declines and poor working conditions including modern slavery. However, in the rush to solutions to end such atrocities this relationship is often oversimplified and the Global South almost exclusively spotlighted. This oversimplification is also compounded by a paucity of data, the inaccessibility of exploited fishers hidden away at sea, and a lack of international consensus on defining, identifying, and using the term modern slavery. This talk will unpack these challenges while presenting and critiquing evidence on the multidirectional and non-linear relationships between fish stock declines and working conditions, specifically highlighting the processes that facilitate these interconnections across a multitude of geographies.

October 2

Dr. Andrea Reid is a citizen of the Nisga’a Nation and an incoming Assistant Professor with the University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (starting January 2021). There, she will help lead the Indigenous Fisheries Research Unit, working to build a national and international hub for the study and protection of culturally significant fish and fisheries. Her research program adopts highly interdisciplinary and applied approaches to improving our understanding of the complex interrelationships between fish, people and place. Reid’s PhD in Biology (Carleton University ’20) centred on multiple stressor effects on Pacific salmon, using tools and insights from Western and Indigenous sciences in tandem. Reid is a cofounder of Riparia, a Canadian charity that connects diverse young women with science on the water to grow the next generation of water protectors. She is also a National Geographic Explorer (Grantee ’12,’15,’16,’19) and a Fellow of The Explorers Club (FI’19).

Increasingly, fisheries researchers and managers seek or are compelled to “bridge” Indigenous knowledge systems with Western scientific approaches to understanding and governing fisheries. Here, we will move beyond the all-too-common narrative about integrating or incorporating (too often used as euphemisms for assimilating) other knowledge systems into Western science, instead building an ethic of knowledge coexistence and complementarity in knowledge generation using Two-Eyed Seeing as a guiding framework. Two-Eyed Seeing (Etuaptmumk in Mi’kmaw) embraces “learning to see from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, and from the other eye with the strengths of mainstream knowledges and ways of knowing, and to use both these eyes together, for the benefit of all”, as envisaged by Mi’kmaw Elder Dr. Albert Marshall. In this talk, we will examine the notion of knowledge dichotomies as well as imperatives for knowledge coexistence and draw parallels between Two-Eyed Seeing and other analogous Indigenous frameworks from around the world. We will explore its operationalization through Canadian-based aquatic and fisheries case studies that co-develop questions, document and mobilize multiple knowledges, and co-produce insights and decisions. In sum, we will see how Two-Eyed Seeing creates a pathway to a plural coexistence, where time-tested Indigenous knowledge systems can be paired with, not subsumed by, Western scientific insights for an equitable and sustainable future.

October 9 Dr. Thomas Frölicher
University of Bern
Ocean extremes: From marine heatwaves to compound events

October 16 Dr. Ryan Rykaczewski
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
Projected impacts of anthropogenic climate change of pelagic ecosystems in the northeast Pacific

October 23 Dr. Loren McClenachan
Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Colby College
Subject matter: Historical marine ecology research
Title: TBA

October 30 Dr. Sarah Harper
Postdoctoral Fellow, Fisheries Economics Research Unit, IOF
Subject matter: Gender & Fisheries
Title: TBA

November 6 Dr. Boris Worm
Dalhousie University
Subject matter: Ocean Literacy
Title: TBA

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


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.