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, which are also part of the FISH 500 course, will be offered every Friday, from 11:00am to 12:00pm.

Please note: Many of these seminars will be held online, via Zoom. Those offered in-person should also be offered online. More details to come.

Academic Year 2021/22

2021 Term 1

October 22

Katye Altieri is the Lead PI of Ocean Womxn, and a Senior Lecturer in the Oceanography Department at the University of Cape Town. Katye has a B.Sc. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Oceanography. She was a NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow for two years and then spent another two years as a Postdoctoral Research Associate jointly appointed at Princeton University and Brown University. After her postdoctoral time, she pursued a Masters in Public Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University (2014). Katye received the Claude Leon Merit Award in 2017 and the Peter B. Wagner Award for Women in Atmospheric Sciences in 2008. Current research interests include air pollution in coastal cities, the impact of human activities on surface ocean biogeochemistry, and studying the remote marine atmosphere of the Southern Ocean as a proxy to understand more about atmospheric chemistry and climate during the preindustrial.

In 2018 the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town (UCT) created and funded an Advancing Womxn Initiative designed to build research capacity among Black South African womxn. The Ocean Womxn Fellowship program was developed in response to this call. Despite South Africa being a country with a majority Black population, at the time of the call only 12 out of 73 postgraduate students in the Department of Oceanography at UCT were Black South African womxn, and the academic staff was 100% white. The vision of Ocean Womxn is to be a prestigious research and leadership training program for Black womxn that recruits, retains, and enables the success of the next generation of Black womxn oceanographers. Here, I will present an overview of the program, with an emphasis on key lessons learned thus far. I will also discuss the key barriers to success that were identified – classified as financial, professional, and personal –, as well as the strategies implemented to overcome these barriers. Interestingly, the barriers and their potential solutions are not all unique to the South African context. Instead, many exist across the Ocean Sciences and as such, the lessons learned are broadly applicable to other programs and Universities.

October 29 Dr. Michelle Tseng
Assistant Professor, UBC Botany

Our lab primarily explores the effects of temperature warming on plankton and insect communities. In this presentation I will share some recent work showing that warming alters fat profiles of phytoplankton, which then affects both the productivity and evolutionary potential of zooplankton herbivores. On the insect side, I’ll share some new results demonstrating that insects grown in warmer environments have reduced flight ability and decreased pollination potential. Together these results provide a snapshot of some important effects of warming on aquatic and terrestrial invertebrate communities.

November 5
(in person)
Dr. Vianey Leos Barajas
University of Toronto
Animal movement
November 12
Dr. Ian Perry
Emeritus Scientist
Pacific Biological Station
Fisheries & Oceans Canada
November 19
Dr. Jeremy Pittman
University of Waterloo
Environmental policy and governance
November 26 Student Presentations TBA
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


Past seminars

September 11Dr. Dana Lepofsky, Simon Fraser UniversityThe 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

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.