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Seaweeds of the West Coast
with instructor Dr Bridgette Clarkston
July 11-13, 2014
This 3-day field course, based out of the Tofino Botanical Gardens, will introduce participants to the wonderful world of West Coast Seaweeds.
Topics to be covered:
• Introduction to seaweeds - what are they, and what is their role in coastal ecology?
• Biodiversity and ecology of west coast seaweeds
• Essentials of collecting and identifying seaweeds in the field
• Seaweed foraging and the relationship between seaweeds and people
• Pressing and preserving seaweeds
Friday, July 11th
Evening (7:30 - 9:00 pm) - Introductory presentation: An overview of west coast seaweeds, different seaweed groups, role of seaweeds in coastal marine ecosystems.
Saturday, July 12th
Morning (7:30 - Noon) – Field trip to explore seaweeds on Tofino’s rocky coast and practice naturalist skills, including fundamentals of seaweed identification. Collection of seaweeds at field site - bring journals and cameras to record habitat info.
Afternoon (1:00 - 5:30 pm) – Seaweed identification and pressing workshop. Practice using dichotomous keys, field guides and online databases to identify unknown specimens. Create your own scientific and artistic seaweed presses.
Evening Presentation (7:30 - 8:30 pm) – Seaweeds and people: from traditional uses to modern foraging, and everything in between
Sunday, July 13th
Morning only (7:30 am - 1:00 pm) – Putting it all together: field trip to identify seaweeds and their communities in nature, including opportunities to share what you’ve learned with the group. Group lunch and course wrap-up.
About the instructor:
Dr Bridgette Clarkston is a seaweed biologist and science education consultant with Experience-Based Education. Her interests include seaweed biodiversity, outdoor education, science communication and photography. Connect with her on Twitter (@funnyfishes) and her website (bridgetteclarkston.com)
Course Registration is $240 per person (incl.tax), including breakfast & lunch on Sat. and Sun.