Marine Biology Programs 

The evening programs of the Marine Biology Section are held from January through April and September through December on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Centre, 949 49th Ave W (49th at Oak), Vancouver. These programs are open to the public and members are encouraged to invite their friends. For more information and suggestions for future programs please contact the Program Co-ordinator Joan Lopez at 604-682-1617.

Thursday, September 8
The Unique and Curious Kelps of British Columbia
Louis Druehl

BC has the richest kelp flora in the world. These seaweeds are the powerhouse that drives our shallow water fauna, holds the potentail of a great biofuel (Kelpanol), whose tasty constituents appear to hold off the diseases associated with aging, and provides bon vivants and the curious with novel and enjoyable experiences.

Louis Druehl, Professor Emeritus SFU, is the author of Pacific Seaweeds: Updated and Expanded Edition (Harbour Publishing 2016), the authoritative guide to over 100 common species of seaweeds in the Pacific Northwest. He has studied, taught and played with seaweeds for over 40 years and presently he is advancing kelp farming as a means of remediating our damaged ocean environment.   

Thursday, October 13
Sea Star Mass Mortality: Global Trends and Local Consequences
Jessica Schultz

Wildlife mass mortality events can have profound ecological consequences and may be becoming more frequent or severe due to climate change or other stressors. Starting in the spring of 2013, an unprecedented sea star wasting syndrome swept the west coast of North America. The wasting syndrome has been observed from Alaska to Baja California, and has affected some 20 different species of sea stars. However, the causes and contributing factors of the sydrome remain poorly understood. In this talk, Jessica will summarize the sea star wasting event, including what is known about it so far, and what researchers are doing to learn more. Jessica will also present work from her recent SFU MSc thesis, which investigated the ecological fall-out of the event in our local waters of Howe Sound, and explored global trends in mass mortality events involving sea stars and their relatives.

Jessica Schultz is the Manager and Research Coordinator of the Howe Sound Resarch and Conservation Program at the Vancouver Aquarium. She has also recently completed a Master of Science degree in the Department of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University. 

Thursday, November 10
To be announced ....