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, January 12
Sea Otters
Leah Honka

Sea otters (Enhydra lutis) are well known to be drivers of change in nearshore marine ecosystems due to their role as keystone species.This top predator has been recovering on the coast of BC since 1969, yet until recently, all we have known of sea otters and their impact on coastal ecosystems has come from research on populations in California, Washington and Alaska. During the summer of 2013, in collaboration with Dr. Anne Salomon (SFU), Linda Nichol (DFO), the Hakai Institute, and the Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department, Leah Honka conducted the first study of sea otter feeding behaviour in British Columbia as part of her Masters research at SFU. She will take you on a journey to BC's central coast to share her knowledge of sea otters and their big appetites, and to high-light the trade-offs that come with the recovery of these charismatic ocean creatures. 

Leah is now working on salmon conservation science with the Pacific Salmon Foundation in Vancouver.

Thursday, February 9
Photogrammetry of Cetaceans
Dr. Lance Barrett-Lenard

In recent years, Dr. Lance Barrett-Lenard, along with colleagues, has been studying cetaceans from the air - with a drone specially equipped with a camera. Photographing and videoing whales from above is providing valuable information on body condition, size and behaviours that are impossible to observe in any other way, with neglible impact on the animals being studied.

Dr. Lance Barrett- Lenard is the Senior Research Scientist at the Vancouver Aquarium's Cetacean Research Lab.  


More details to follow ..... 

Thursday, March 9
Diving in Indonesia: Raja Ampat & Bali
Jennifer Ingram

Jennifer is an avid traveller, scuba diver, and underwater videographer. Be prepared to share in the beauty of this remote diving destination.


More details to follow ...