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Introduction To
Marine Life Course

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Course Details

Introduction to Marine Life originally took place during the fall of 2014. It is now archived here for all to view. 

This course gives students of all ages a wonderful introduction to the marine life of British Columbia. Building on the Aquarium’s successful research and education programs, the course introduced participants to a variety of sea creatures found along the shores of BC. Experts from the Vancouver Aquarium shared their knowledge of sea creatures and the issues they face in today’s changing world. 


Classes

Whales, Dolphins & Porpoises

Course Materials: handout  | cetacean identification guide

Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard has a broad range of research experience in the field studies of marine mammals, with a particular focus on killer whales. He has been an active collaborator in the ongoing studies of the behavioural and population biology of killer whales in British Columbia and Alaska since 1984, and has also studied the species in Norway and the sub-Antarctic.

Carla Crossman is an East Coast native and grew up around the water with a love of the ocean and a passion for the protection of biodiversity through research and public outreach. She has an undergraduate degree in biology from Queen’s University and studied porpoises for her master’s degree at UBC.  Carla currently is a marine mammal research biologist for the Vancouver Aquarium Cetacean Research Program.

Tessa Danelesko was raised in Calgary, Alberta and fell in love with the ocean during summer vacations exploring the shores of Vancouver Island. She attended the University of Victoria and completed the Combined Biology and Psychology BSc program. She has experience working and volunteering for a variety of marine conservation and research projects that have taken her around the globe and she is currently the Coordinator for the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network at the Vancouver Aquarium.


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Sub-tidal Marine Organisms

Course Materials: handout 

Dr. Jeff Marliave has been studying the marine life in Howe Sound for over a third of a century. He has monitored prawn nurseries and glass sponge growth as indicators of environmental quality as well as conducted surveys to assist in the establishment of Rockfish Conservation Areas in Howe Sound.  Dr. Marliave has produced over 85 scientific and technical publications.

Jessica Schultz is the Research Coordinator for the Howe Sound Research Program at the Vancouver Aquarium.  Jessica  completed an Honours Degree in Marine Biology at the University of British Columbia in 2012.  Jessica has worked on a variety of scientific diving projects, including monitoring glass sponge reefs, fish and invertebrate population monitoring, kelp forest ecology, and sedimentation on coral reefs.  Jessica’s research experience has also included investigating the impacts of climate change on intertidal organisms, and analyzing Canadian fish conservation and management policy. 

Donna Gibbs is a Research Diver/Taxonomist for the Howe Sound Research Program at the Vancouver Aquarium.  Donna has been working at the Vancouver Aquarium since 1992 as an educator and aquarist.  Her expertise is in marine taxonomy and her experience with local species is extensive.  Donna has logged over 2,300 cold water research dives and has been diving for the Aquarium’s Howe Sound Research Program for 17 years.  She has contributed to 7 scientific journal articles, and also played an integral role in producing the well-known book, Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest


rockfish

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Inter-tidal Marine Organisms

Course Materials: handout 

Andy Lamb graduated from UBC with a BSc in 1971 and was employed by the Vancouver Aquarium as an aquarist/collector and a school program co-ordinator. He was also a fish culturist at DFO’s West Vancouver Laboratory for 22 years.  Andy is co-author of Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest and Coastal Fishes of the Pacific Northwest and among various periodical contributions, he also writes a continuing marine life mysteries feature in Northwest Dive News.  He lives on Thetis Island with his wife Virginia where they operate a marine-oriented bed and breakfast called Cedar Beach.

Bernard P. Hanby is fisherman, photographer, scuba diver and ocean conservationist. He started fishing in the UK when he was five years old and moved to Vancouver, B.C in 1960 to fish the B.C coast for salmon, steelhead and trout. Bernie served on the Sport Fishing Advisory Board and wrote articles on coastal salmon fishing for Western Fish and Game.  He became a sport diver and underwater photographer whose photographs have appeared in numerous publications including Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest, where he is a co-author. He is an advisor for the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre’s Board of Directors and he is a founding member of the Marine Life Sanctuary Society.  


nudi

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Seals & Sea Lions

Course Materials: handout

Dr. Andrew Trites is a Research Associate at the Vancouver Aquarium, professor at the UBC Fisheries Centre and Director of the UBC Marine Mammal Research Unit.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Ecology, and a Master of Science and PhD in Zoology.  Andrew’s research is primarily focused on Steller sea lions, northern fur seals, and harbor seals, and involves captive studies, field studies and simulation models that range from single species to whole ecosystems. His research program is designed to further the conservation and understanding of marine mammals, and resolve conflicts between people and marine mammals. 

 

 

 


sealion

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Seabirds

Course Materials: handout

Dr. Mark Hipfner has conducted research on many aspects of seabird biology and marine ecology in Alaska, Canada's eastern Arctic, Newfoundland and Labrador, and British Columbia. Research topics have focused on the evolutionary ecology of the Alcidae, parental investment decisions related to egg production and chick provisioning, causes and consequences of variation in the size and composition of eggs, factors affecting offspring growth and development, and ecological and demographic responses of seabird populations to environmental variability. Mark has directed the Centre for Wildlife Ecology's seabird research and monitoring program at Triangle Island, British Columbia since 2001. The program aims to integrate pure and applied science to provide a more comprehensive understanding of seabird biology and enable the Canadian Wildlife Service to enact effective conservation strategies for marine wildlife. 

 



seabird

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Books & DVDs

A variety of wildlife books and DVDs are available for purchase in the Aquarium's Gift Shop.  

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Vancouver Aquarium public programs provide family-friendly opportunities for people to connect with each other through hands-on activities, lectures, films, classes and field trips—all focused on aquatic conservation. 

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