Principal Investigator

Dr. Brian Hunt

Dr. Brian Hunt

Assistant Professor, UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Faculty of Science
The University of British Columbia

Dr. Brian Hunt is an ecosystem oceanographer with broad interests in the structure and function of pelagic marine ecosystems, and their response to climate forcing and anthropogenic impacts.

His research has focused on plankton dynamics, the response of these lower trophic levels to bottom-up forcing by climatic and oceanographic conditions, and the implications of this response for mid-trophic levels, including forage and juvenile fish, as well as top predators. Brian’s research is wide ranging, spanning interests in the Antarctic, tropical South Pacific, New Zealand, Mediterranean, North Pacific and Arctic.

Since moving to UBC in 2006, British Columbia coastal ecosystems have been Dr. Hunt’s major research focus. After his initial involvement in the Tula Foundation funded Rivers Inlet Ecosystem Study between 2008 and 2011, Dr. Hunt has worked extensively in partnership with the Tula Foundation’s Hakai Institute in developing Oceanographic Observatories’ in British Columbia, and conducting research into the early life history of juvenile salmon and herring. This work is done in collaboration with a growing network of Canadian researchers, including the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, First Nations’, NGOs and other academic institutes.

Dr. Hunt holds the UBC Hakai Professorship in Oceanography

The Hakai Professorship in Oceanography was established through a generous donation of the Tula Foundation to the IOF. For more than a decade, the Tula Foundation has donated enormous logistical and financial resources to UBC to bolster cutting edge research and is committed to continue doing so through a deeply rooted partnership with the IOF.


  • SCI 113 – First-Year Seminar in Science
  • EOSC 270 – Marine Ecosystems
  • EOSC 473/573 – Methods in Oceanography
  • EOSC 575 – The Biology and Ecology of Marine Zooplankton
  • FISH 520 – Fisheries Conservation, Governance, and Evaluation