with Dr. Stéphane Gauthier, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Darwin’s Cafe @ Tofino Botanical Gardens (1084 Pacific Rim Hwy)
$5 at the door
Euphausiids, or krill, as they are commonly called, are small crustaceans found throughout the world’s oceans. These zooplankton, often forming large swarms, are a very important part of the food web in the ocean. Krill serve as prey for countless species of predators, including fish, marine birds, and marine mammals. In fact, some whales eat them almost exclusively! In this presentation, we’ll explore the biology, ecology, and complex behaviour of these small but numerous critters.
Dr. Stéphane Gauthi is a research scientist at the Institute of Ocean Sciences (Sidney, BC). His research program focuses on the development of acoustics and complementary technologies to improve fisheries management and knowledge of ecosystem dynamics. Before joining Fisheries and Oceans Canada in 2011 he was a fisheries scientist with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research in New Zealand, where he worked on a wide range of ecosystems, from the Arabian Sea to the Antarctic Ocean.
George Fraser Room @ Ucluelet Community Center (500 Matterson Rd)
Whether you are into bugs that break down decaying forest debris and turn over soil or sea butterflies that help us monitor ocean acidification, there is something to capture your heart in this year’s Raincoast Speaker Series. Join us for 5 different topics from January to March, each an in-depth examination of one special tiny yet fascinating creature. Expert speakers will share their tales of discovery, and the big roles these tiny animals play.
Raincoast Speaker Series punchcard – attend all five topics to be entered in a draw for an amazing prize!
This year’s topics are: Carpenter Ants, Pteropods, Krill, Barnacles, and Bees
New this year we will be offering the series in parallel in Ucluelet and Tofino. That means two opportunities to see each speaker.
Thank you to Pacific Sands Beach Resort for providing accommodation for our speakers again this year!