Seaweeds of the West Coast: A Weekend Field Course
Raincoast Education Society
with instructor Dr. Bridgette Clarkston
June 15 – 17, 2018
Course fee: $240. includes lunch on Saturday & Sunday
This three-day field course (Friday evening – Sunday afternoon), based out of the Tofino Botanical Gardens, will introduce participants to the world of west coast seaweeds.
Topics to be covered in this year’s course include an introduction to seaweeds (What are they? What is their role in coastal ecology?), biodiversity of west coast seaweeds, essentials of collecting and identifying seaweeds, seaweed foraging, the relationship between seaweeds and people, pressing and preserving seaweeds, and more!
Bridgette Clarkston is a seaweed enthusiast and co-author of the field guide, Pacific Seaweeds: A Guide to Common Seaweeds of the West Coast. She is a science educator and avid photographer with over 11 years of teaching and outreach experience. She has worked with initiatives such as the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre and the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at the University of British Columbia. She specialized in seaweed taxonomy during her PhD at the University of New Brunswick where she discovered several new species of red seaweed, including one she named Euthora Timburtonii. Currently, she is a faculty member in the Botany department at the University of British Columbia.
Further details and registration can be found here.
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