Raincoast Education Society Speaker Series: Part 1 of a 5-part series
ZOOPLANKTON: FOUNDATION OF THE FOOD WEB
with DFO zooplankton taxonomist Moira Galbraith
Thursday, January 10th, 7:00 pm
Ecolodge Classroom @ Tofino Botanical Gardens (1084 Pacific Rim Hwy)
New this year is the Raincoast Speaker Series punchcard! Attend all five talks to be entered in a draw for an amazing prize!
Our opening talk sets the stage for the whole series: plankton – consisting of both photosynthetic phytoplankton and their primary consumers, zooplankton – are the foundation of the entire marine ecosystem. Although plankton often goes under the radar, our first speaker puts it under the microscope. Moira Galbraith works for DFO running the zooplankton taxonomy group at the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney, BC, where she analyses plankton samples from all over the west coast. Come and learn about how plankton communities respond to changes in ocean conditions, and how their seasonal cycles of abundance affect the distribution of everything from birds to whales.
Whether your interests lie in landing a tyee, or orca ID (or maybe just plankton taxonomy), as a westcoaster, chances are you are involved and engaged when it comes to marine matters, and here is a chance to get informed too! The Raincoast Education Society is proud to present the 2019 edition of our Raincoast Speaker Series – this year’s theme is “Predator and Prey”. From copepods to killer whales and everything in between, come out and join some of BC’s leading scientists to learn more about the key players in the marine food web, how they interact amongst each other, and what it all means for us. Whether you are keen on learning more about the biology and ecology of the species whose home we share, or looking to get some perspective on the politics of stock assessment (or maybe just brushing up on your plankton taxonomy), this series is guaranteed to please, and we can’t wait to sea you there! New this year is the Raincoast Speaker Series punchcard! Attend all five talks to be entered in a draw for an amazing prize!
⚠️Highway 4 at Kennedy Hill is re-opened with a single-lane bridge as of 8:00pm, Saturday, January 25th. Expect delays and drive with care.