The research program in the lab is both field and bench based. Students are typically associated with one (or more) of the three research groups in the lab - Seafood Ecology; Metabolic Ecology; Community Dynamics.
The Seafood Ecology Research Group focuses on issues at the intersection of the limited production capacity of marine systems and the [seemingly] unlimited capacity of human systems to consume - and the inevitable frictions that arise. Specific areas of interest include the role aquaculture in balancing food security and marine conservation (both in the BC context and globally) and efficacy of marine protected areas.
The Metabolic Ecology Group seeks to uncover the fundamental drivers of ecosystem regulation and development. Re-visualizing fundamental ecological processes through the lens of inexorable physical laws reveals striking and powerful insights into how ecological systems self-organize in response to natural and anthropogenic influences.
The Landscape/Seascape Ecology Group(Surf & Turf) is interested in questions of spatial ecology, specifically what factors help species persist in, or recolonize old ranges. Students with an interest in marine or terrestrial mammals in this context are co-supervised by Dr. Jason Fisher and should contact him directly.
Field research typically focuses on issues of marine conservation in the waters surrounding Vancouver Island or landscape level questions with a mammal focus in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta (with Jason Fisher as co-supervisor). Our bench-based work is often international in scope (e.g. GAPI).
Two major pieces of lab infrastructure are the vessels Sloop-Jo and Jolly-Seber.
The Sloop-Jo 20 ft LOA 2x60 HP 4 Stroke engines Open deck work boat
The Jolly-Seber (in Victoria Inner Harbour) 33 ft LOA 2x225 HP 4 Stroke engines Head, galley, fridge, heating, 1000lb davit 12" Chartplotter, 2 Kw Radome, RS 125 GPS Sensor, DSM 300 Depth Sounder (w transom mount transducer), RayMarine 215 VHF (w Morad VHF Antenna).