Photo: Dr Bridgette Clarkston

Seaweeds of the West Coast


Seaweeds of the West Coast
with instructor Dr Bridgette Clarkston
July 11-13, 2014
Tofino, BC

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 (

Course Registration is $240 per person (, including breakfast & lunch on Sat. and Sun.