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In winter 2019 an international group of 21 scientists voyaged to the Gulf of Alaska to shed light on the high seas life history of Pacific salmon. Read more here: Gulf of Alaska Expedition    

Molecular techniques and teamwork are giving scientists an unprecedented look into the plankton dynamics in the Strait of Georgia. Blog post IOF blog post

In January 2019 the Pelagic Ecosystem Lab launched a new project to determine the baseline concentrations of microplastics in Baynes Sound, Strait of Georgia, and the uptake up microplastics by zooplankton and herring. Bayne’s Sound is the most important spawning and rearing habitat for herring in British Columbia. This project is a collaboration with the […]

While human activity is known to impact a variety of ecosystems, the effect of human activity on coastal biodiversity is largely unknown. Coastal seagrass meadows are important nursery grounds for commercial and ecologically significant fish species. Globally, these ecosystems have declined at an average rate of seven per cent a year since 1990, making their […]

Biochemical tracers show that microphytoplankton (diatoms) never contributed more than 20% to zooplankton biomass in the Gulf of Lion (Mediterranean), even during diatom blooms. In contrast, picophytoplankton contributed 25-65% to zooplankton biomass.

New research shows that the life cycle of Limacina helicina’s comprises two generations per year, not one as previously thought. Read the details here.  This has implications for the survival of this species under climate scenarios that impact phytoplankton bloom timing and aragonite saturation states in the surface ocean.    

"Licence to Krill" follows an international scientific expedition deep into the pack ice as they search for the reason Antarctic krill have been in dramatic decline.

Project ISOZOO is designed to contribute to our understanding of how marine zooplankton is impacted by climate change and other human impacts, and the consequences for the food webs that they support.