Counts of birds passing a geographic location during migration to or from their breeding grounds are often used to estimate long-term population change. However, birds often stop at count sites for several days to fatten for their next migratory flight, affecting probability of detection. The migratory path followed might also vary among years. The influence of such factors on population estimates are unknown.
The economically cost-effective methods of intensive open net-pen farming externalize the costs of waste treatment and clean water supply by drawing these critical ecosystem services from the nearshore marine environment. Salmon farms serve as point sources for organic nutrients (uneaten feed and salmon waste), parasites, and heavy metals. Salmon farms may have impacts on proximal wild species including increases in disease and parasite abundance and chemical and heavy metal contamination.
I am a member of the Squamish Nation and my research focuses on restoring an important traditional plant food into the Squamish estuary. The title of my research is "Ecological and Cultural Restoration of an iconic Plant Food (Fritillaria camschatcensis) in the Squamish River Estuary, British Columbia." I will be working with Dr. Nancy Turner and Dr. Trevor Lantz as my co-supervisors at the University of Victoria to undertake this research as part of a larger research project led by Dr.
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, with Parks Canada, are undertaking a riparian restoration project on Lyell Island, Haida Gwaii. On this island, Haida First Nation protests against old growth logging in 1984 led to the creation of Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve.