IOF Weekly Seminars

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.

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

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

Schedule

W2023/4 – Term 2

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DATE SPEAKER TITLE
February 23 READING WEEK – No Classes
March 8
In-person ONLY

Growing up on the coast of Florida, Lauren Shea spent most of her time on the water scuba diving, fishing, and surfing. She studied Marine Biology at the University of South Florida and upon completion, became a scuba diving instructor and boat captain.

Lauren has worked on a variety of research projects including fine-scaling marine protected areas in the Falkland Islands, studying eDNA in marine sediment in Saudi Arabia, and working to understand how ocean acidification is impacting Florida’s coral reefs during a stint at NOAA, she took up sailing full-time aboard sailing yacht, Argo, a 34m school ship that takes university students for a semester of experiential learning in marine biology, oceanography, leadership, and nautical science. Shortly after, she set her sights on high-latitude sailing and moved to northern Norway to work as an expedition manager and skipper on sailing expedition yachts in northern Norway and Svalbard.

After many years of sailing and diving around the world and witnessing the overwhelming extent of human impacts on the ocean, Lauren decided it was time to go back to school to study marine resource management and economics. She is a Master’s student at the IOF researching the economics of fishmeal production around the globe.

Lauren recently completed a rowing expedition across the Atlantic Ocean in Dec 2023-Jan 2024, with three other women marine biologists (Team Salty Science) to raise money for marine conservation and education.

Salty Science arrives in Antigua. Photo credit: @toughestrow

Salty Science arrives in Antigua. Photo credit: @toughestrow


Rowing the Atlantic — Four marine scientists row 5000km for ocean conservation

In December 2023, four women marine scientists set out from La Gomera, Canary Islands, on an 8.5m row boat. They were participating in the World’s Toughest Row, a grueling, unsupported, 5,000km race across the Atlantic Ocean from La Gomera to Antigua. Their team, Salty Science, encountered a swath of challenges, including heavy weather, equipment failures, and unexpected wildlife interactions. But after 38 days at sea, Salty Science arrived in English Harbor, Antigua, and claimed 1st place in the Women’s class of the race. Lauren Shea, a member of the team and a current MSc student at UBC’s Institute for Oceans and Fisheries, will give a presentation about their team’s journey to the start line and then across the Atlantic Ocean, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Note: This is an in-person only event – it will not be broadcast.

March 15
In person/over Zoom
Dr. Juan Jose Alava
PI, UBC Ocean Pollution Research Unit

Killer whales (Orcinus orca) from British Columbia (BC, Canada) are among of the most contaminated cetacean species in the world. They are ecologically, culturally and economically-important species in Canada's west coast and powerful spiritual beings for coastal First Nations communities. Yet, endangered southern resident killer whales (SRKWs), with a small population of ~73 or 74 individuals, are affected by cumulative environmental stressors and human-made threats, including lack of both quality and quantity of its main diet item (Chinook salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), physical disturbances by underwater noise (acoustic pollution), marine pollution and climate change. Concentrations and potential health implications of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), new persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in SRKWs have been scarcely documented. In this seminar, I will share the findings of the first concerted ecotoxicological assessment of CECs: alkylphenols (APs), triclosan, methyl triclosa; and, new POPs such as hexabromocyclododecane [HBCCD], and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), known as “forever chemicals” (PFOS, PFOA, PFHxS), as we ll as PAHs in skeletal muscle and liver samples of SRWK and investigate in utero transfer of these contaminants. Samples were collected from stranded, necropsied individuals from 2006-2018 in BC, Canada, in collaboration with Fisheries and Ocean Canada (DFO) and the Animal Health Centre, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. The most prevalent compounds were 4-nonylphenol (4NP), a predominant AP (median 40.84 ng/g ww), and interestingly, 7:3-fluorotelomer carboxylic acid (7:3 FTCA) was the primary PFAS (median 66.35 ng/g ww) observed for first time in killer whales from BC, followed by PFOS and PFOSA. For PAHs, C3-phenanthrenes/anthracenes (mean: 632 ng/g lw), C4-dibenzothiophenes (mean 334 ng/g lw), and C4-phenanthrenes/anthracenes (mean: 248 ng/g lw) presented the highest concentrations across all tissue samples. PAH diagnostic ratios indicated a dominant petrogenic-sourced contamination for SRKWs (i.e., more contaminated with hydrocarbon coming from oil/petroleum sources) in comparison to Bigg's (transient) killer whale, which showed a dominant signal of pyrogenic hydrocarbon sources (e.g., coming from vegetation and coal biomass burning and wildfires). A mother-fetus skeletal muscle pair revealed evidence of CECs, POPs, and PAH maternal transfer. Maternal transfer ratios indicated 4NP as the most transferred contaminant from mother to fetus (95%), while low molecular weight PAHs (C3-fluorenes, dibenzothiophene, and naphthalene) also exhibited higher maternal transfer rates. Our contaminant data serve to inform regulation and mitigate pollutant sources and contamination by emerging chemicals (e.g., “forever chemicals” or PFASs) in SRKWs’ critical habitat and prevent oil spills by improving hydrocarbon emission regulations and transitioning away from fossil fuel consumption with the aim to conserve this iconic species.

References:
Lee, K., Raverty, S., Cottrell, P., Zoveidadianpour, Z., Cottrell, B., Price D., Alava, J.J. 2023. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in threatened killer whales (Orcinus orca) of British Columbia, Canada: Contaminant source identification and a maternal transfer case study. Scientific Reports 13:22580

Lee, K., Alava, J.J., Cottrell, P., Cottrell, L., Grace, R., Zysk, I., Raverty, S. Emerging Contaminants and New POPs (PFAS and HBCDD) in Endangered Southern Resident and Bigg’s (Transient) Killer Whales (Orcinus orca): In Utero Maternal Transfer and Pollution Management Implications. 2023. Environmental Science & Technology 57 (1): 360-374.

March 22
In person/over Zoom
Dr. Diva Amon
Science Advisor, Benioff Ocean Science Laboratory, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Director, SpeSeas, Trinidad and Tobago
Subject matter: deep sea biodiversity
March 29 GOOD FRIDAY – No Classes
April 5
over Zoom
Dawn Dougherty
The Nature Conservatory
Subject matter: FishPath
April 12 TBA Student Presentations
January 12 Dr. Anna McLaskey, Research Associate, IOF Tracing prey sources from the base of the food web to understand drivers of pelagic nutrition
January 19 Dr. Trevor Branch, Professor, University of Washington Fear and food drive blue whale migration, singing, mating, and calving behavior
January 26 Dr. Jordan Rosenfeld / Dr. Steve McAdam Zombie ideas in marine ecology: ruminations around thresholds for hypoxia impacts / The importance of collaborative interdisciplinary research to white sturgeon recovery and conservation
February 2 Dr. Ahmed Khan Fishing for development: can we get the right ‘hook’ for sustaining fisheries benefits?

Please note: this session was NOT be recorded as per the speaker’s request.

February 9 Dr. Sasha Wagner What can black carbon in the ocean tell us about wildfire in the Earth system?

Please note: this session will NOT be recorded as per the speaker’s request.

February 16 Fraser McDonald Enhancing Marine Conservation through Adaptive Management in the Northern Shelf Bioregion MPA Network: Insights from a Commercial Fisherman
March 1 Dr. Andres Cisneros Montemayor Anti-Inequity and the Blue Economy

DATE SPEAKER TITLE
September 15 Dr. Daniel Pauly The Gill-Oxygen Limitation Theory (GOLT): current trends and challenges
September 22 Dr. Alifa Haque From citizen science to open-source low-cost technology monitoring vs. policing of small-scale fisheries in Bangladesh (case-study: sharks and rays)

Please note: a portion of this presentation is under embargo. It has been recorded and will be uploaded to the IOF YouTube channel once the embargo has passed.

September 29 Adam Soliman Deciphering legal terminology for fisheries scholars
October 6 Dr. Muhammed Oyinlola Future of mariculture under climate change
October 13 Dr. Rajeev Jaiman Advanced Models and Solutions for Mitigating the Impact of Ship Noise on Marine Mammals
October 20 Dr. Alexander Tewfik The importance of understanding maturity for conservation and sustainability of Belize's fisheries

Please note: a portion of this presentation is under embargo. It has been recorded and will be uploaded to the IOF YouTube channel once the embargo has passed.

October 27 <strongDr. Nazli Demirel Marine Stressors Magnified: Lessons from the Sea of Marmara Catastrophe
November 3 Dr. Nathan Bennett Blue injustices, human rights, and ocean defenders
November 10 Dr. Agni Klintuni Boedhihartono Sustainable Landscapes-Seascapes: For what and for whom?
Please note: This session was not recorded at the speaker's request.
November 17 Dr. Emily Rubidge Evaluating the design of the first Marine Protected Area Network in Pacific Canada under a changing climate

Please note: This session was not recorded at the speaker's request.

November 24 Seminar cancelled Seminar cancelled
December 1 Student Presentations
Please note: This session was not recorded.

March 3Dr. Nicola SmithAddressing the challenges of overexploitation, invasive species, and climate change to ocean sustainability

DATE SPEAKER TITLE
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.
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
February 3 Dr. Julia K. Baum Marine Heatwave-Driven Transformation of Coral Reef Ecosystems
February 10 Dr. Jonathan Moore Salmon Futures: Science and Stewardship of Salmon Systems in an Era of Rapid Change
February 17 Dr. Amy M. Van Cise The role of sociality in cetacean ecology, evolution, and conservation
March 10 Dr. Guillermo Ortuño Crespo The future of spatial ecology, transboundary management & the High Seas
March 17 Dr. Ben Halpern The environmental footprint of global food production
March 24 Dr. Jessica Gephart Global blue trade its role in sustainable food systems
March 31 Student Presentations Anna Schuhbauer (PDF, Fisheries Economics Research Unit)
Global economic impact of scuba dive tourism
Supervisor: Rashid Sumaila
Yulia Egorova (PhD, EOAS)
Global diversity and biomass of mesopelagic mesozooplankton
Supervisor: Evgeny Pakhomov

Shabnam Shadloo (PhD, OCF)
Exploring the relationship between toxoplasmosis infection and movement and behaviour of Glaucous-Winged gulls
Supervisor: Marie Auger-Méthé

Karly McMullen (MSc, OCF)
Plastic pollution perceptions in Ecuadorian mangrove communities
Supervisors: Juan Jose Alava and Evgeny Pakhomov

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

  • 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

DATE SPEAKER TITLE
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

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.

Term 2

DATE SPEAKER TITLE
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


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