CMEC Lab Cleans Up at WSN’s 100th Anniversary Conference in Monterey (November, 2016)
CMEC Lab was well represented at this year’s WSN conference in sunny Monterey, California. Four awesome talks and three fantastic posters were presented over the 3 day conference… and as if that weren’t enough, TWO of the six awards were brought home.
A HUGE congratulations to Tanya Prinzing for winning Best Undergraduate Student Poster (based on her NSERC USRA summer research) and an EXTRA HUGE congratulations to Jenn Burt for wining Best Student Paper (Community/Ecosystem Ecology Category) for the THIRD YEAR IN A ROW! Jenn presented her PhD research on sea otter effects on kelp forests in BC’s central coast.
Other highlights included WSN’s Attitude Adjustment Hour at the incredible Monterey Aquarium and challenging UBC’s Harley Lab to a round of cornhole (beanbag toss). See the gallery for more fun pictures.
Chasing Low Tides: Clam Garden Work on Quadra Island (October, 2016)
Natasha Salter and her clam team braved the cold, rain, and middle of the night working conditions to tear down her field experiment measuring clam garden productivity. Stay tuned to see what comes from this very cool project!
Yes B’y! CMEC Lab Returns from #IMCC4 in St. John’s, Newfoundland (August, 2016)
The Society for Conservation Biology’s 4th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC 4) took place in St. John’s, Newfoundland this year. The theme was “Making Marine Science Matter” and the congress was attended by marine conservation professionals and students from academic institutions, NGOs and government agencies from all over the world. The sense of optimism and eagerness to come up with better tools to conserve the world’s oceans was palpable, along with the recognition of the importance of including social systems to inform marine conservation policy and management. Congratulations to Jenn Burt, who was recognized as a finalist for Best Student Presentation!
Hakai Blog Showcases Hakai Institute and CMEC Lab Research on Mapping Temporal Changes of Kelp Bed Size (March 21, 2016)
Read more about kelp forest monitoring surveys and CMEC Lab’s involvement in this really cool project: https://www.hakai.org/blog/life-at-hakai/kelp-it-changin%E2%80%99
Hakai Blog Showcases CMEC Lab Research on the Effect of Sea Urchin Size on Grazing Rates in Kelp Forests (February 18, 2016)
Read more about CMEC Lab alumni Christine Stevenson’s work on sea urchin size: https://www.hakai.org/blog/life-at-hakai/sea-urchin-size-matters
Anne Salomon – Winner of 2015 SFU Outstanding Supervisor Award! (February 10, 2016)
Current and former CMEC Lab students, staff, and colleagues came together to nominate Anne for a Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies (Excellence in Supervision of Graduate Students). Not surprisingly, she got it 🙂
Check out this nice profile of Anne: https://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/blog/year/2016/02/AnneSalomon.html
On a Roll! CMEC Lab Knows How To Tell A Good Story (January & February, 2016)
Natasha Salter (MRM) won 2nd Place for “Best Three Minute Talk” at the 37th Pacific Ecology and Evolution Conference (PEEC) in Bamfield on February 28th (http://peec.ca/) AND Honourable Mention at the Inter-Departmental Ecology of Aquatic Ecosystems (IDEAS) Symposium at SFU on January 30th for her proposal talk on her upcoming field work on clam gardens.
Jenn Burt (PhD) broke new ground at the IDEAS Symposium this year, winning the Most Innovative award for her amazing video abstract entitled “Sea Urchin Abundance, Size, and Behaviour Drive Rates of Kelp Consumption in Temperate Rocky Reefs”.
Great start to 2016, girls!
Stories from the 2014 summer field season
Ever wonder what the CMEC lab does in the field? Check out two ‘storify’ summaries of what the lab has been up to!
May/June – https://storify.com/joshsilberg/cmec-lab-summer-field-work-part-i-1/
July – https://storify.com/joshsilberg/cmec-lab-summer-part-deux/
CMEC Boat Announcement
After 5 years of hard work, the CMEC lab is proud to announce the newest addition to the team…our boat! The boat will be used in its inaugural field season on BC’s Central Coast this spring and summer to support our research above and below the water.
We received naming entries from a diverse array of creative collaborators ranging from distinguished emeritus professors to 4 year-old seafarers. After much deliberation and thought, it has been decided that the CMEC lab boat shall hitherto be known as Enhydra! The winning name was co-suggested by Josh Silberg (CMEC Lab Member) and Dr. Jon Driver (Vice-President, Academic & Provost of Simon Fraser University). Enhydra means “in the water” and is also the Latin genus of the sea otter. Thank you to all who participated! Stay tuned to the CMEC lab website for field updates on how Endydra will be used in the field!