Speaker Series

The 2014-2015 Raincoast Speaker Series (October 2014 - May 2015) is designed to provide public education opportunities that highlight important projects and ideas through a series of monthly lectures by some of the top environmental leaders in the region. The goal of the speaker series is to provide high-quality, inspirational events that create awareness around key environmental issues in our region. Lectures will focus on topics ranging from marine and terrestrial ecology, to environmental stewardship and sustainabilty. The Raincoast Speaker Series is sponsored by the District of Tofino

Please check back for updates to the 2014-2015 speaker series.

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Dr. Jackie Windh

Around Clayoquot Sound in 100 Million Years: A geological history of the region

When: Thursday, November 20th @ 7:30 pm
Where: Ecolodge Classroom, Tofino Botanical Gardens
Cost: $5

This whirlwind geological tour will condense 100 million years of earth history into an hour. Tofino sits on an active plate margin, and that tectonic setting influences everything about where (and how) we live today, including why we even have something to stand on, why we in BC are graced with such a scenic and mountainous landscape, why there are deposits of copper and other metals nearby (for example on Catface Mountain and in Strathcona Park) and why we are expecting what may prove to be the biggest earthquake humankind has ever recorded.

Speaker Jacqueline Windh will illustrate her presentation with photos of the geology from Tofino and surrounding areas - outcrops and locations that you can visit yourself - and will bring specimens to make your geological experience hands-on.

Dr. Jacqueline Windh is a geologist, photographer, and writer. She received her PhD in 1992 from the University of Western Australia. The focus of her doctoral research was structural geology: the study of movements within the Earth’s crust, and particularly how faults and fractures influence where gold and other metals are deposited. She applied this knowledge working as a geological consultant to the minerals industry for nine years, in Australia, Chile, Peru, Argentina, and Canada.

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Dr. John Ford

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Past Exploitation and Current Status of Marine Mammals in British Columbia

When: Thursday, November 6 @ 7:30 pm
Where: Ecolodge Classroom, Tofino Botanical Gardens
Cost: $5

The waters of British Columbia have a remarkable diversity of marine mammals – 31 species have been recorded here, one-quarter of all marine mammal species in the world.  After co-existing with First Nations people on the coast for millennia, many marine mammals were driven to near extinction by uncontrolled exploitation following the arrival of Europeans.  In this illustrated lecture, John Ford will provide an overview of the marine mammals of BC and describe their past exploitation and conservation status today. 

Dr. John Ford is head of the Cetacean Research Program, Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo, BC, and is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Zoology and Fisheries Centre, University of BC.

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