Photo: Bridgette Clarkston

Seaweeds of the West Coast
with Dr. Katy Hind
June 9 - 11, 2017
Tofino, BC

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!

Dr. Katy Hind is a seaweed biologist and Hakai Scholar. She is currently working as a Senior Laboratory Instructor at the University of Victoria (UVic). In her research, she has described new species of seaweed using an integrative approach that combines molecular techniques, historical DNA, morphology, biogeography and ecology. To find out more about Katy’s research visit

Course fee is $240 and includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Friday (7:30pm-9pm)
Evening Classroom
• Introductory presentation: An overview of west coast seaweeds, different seaweed groups, role of seaweeds in coastal marine ecosystems.

Saturday (8am-5pm; 7:30-9pm)
Field and Classroom
• 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.

• 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.
• Seaweeds and people: from traditional uses to modern foraging, and everything in between

Sunday (8am-1pm)
• 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.

Course Registration is $240 per person and includes lunch on Saturday & Sunday

Here are some photos from past sessions: