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

DATE SPEAKER TITLE
February 21 READING WEEK – NO seminar
February 28 Dr. Jennifer Sunday
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, McGill University

Jennifer Sunday is an Assistant Professor at McGill University, specializing in marine ecosystem responses to climate change through species’ range shifts, changing ecological interactions, and adaptation. Dr. Sunday currently holds a William Dawson Scholar Chair at McGill University, and a Sloan Fellowship in Ocean Sciences. Her work has contributed novel advances in understanding how physiological variables relate to species’ ranges and their climate vulnerabilities, and how climate change responses occur in the context of community interactions and temporally varying environments. In addition, Dr. Sunday is an affiliate of the Hakai Institute, where she is exploring the use of eDNA for tracking marine biodiversity responses to global change.

The ecological mechanics of range shifts in a warming world
As the world has warmed, species distributions have moved polewards in latitude, upwards in elevation and deeper in depth. This global redistribution calls on ecologists to apply long-standing hypotheses about the factors that limit species distributions. Here I present macrophysiological analyses showing how marine and terrestrial ectotherms differ in the extent to which they are physiologically limited within their distributional ranges. I use contemporary records of range shifts to further elucidate the relative roles of species traits and ecological interactions in mediating range shifts in a warming world. I then present work aimed at connecting physiological responses in simple experimental environments to population responses in variable and competitive environments, and share ongoing work aimed at tracking high-resolution range shifts in real-time.
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
TBA
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
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

Term 1, 2019/20

DATE SPEAKER TITLE
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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