VIU science and technology community lecture series: ocean acidification in British Columbia’s coastal waters

Date: 2 March 2022

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Location: virtual

Description: Ocean acidification is a chemical change in seawater that is caused by the uptake of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. As carbon dioxide increases in the atmosphere from human activity, this chemical change intensifies and impacts marine life. This talk will review what we know and what we need to know about the patterns and impacts of ocean acidification in British Columbia coastal waters.

Bio: Dr. Wiley Evans is a chemical oceanographer at the Hakai Institute in British Columbia, Canada. He completed his PhD at Oregon State University studying carbon dioxide exchange between the ocean and atmosphere from northern California to southeast Alaska. He then worked on monitoring ocean acidification as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and then as a research associate at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory before joining the Hakai Institute. Wiley manages Hakai Institute’s Ocean Acidification Program and is the co‐chair for the British Columbia Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Action Plan led by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.

Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) spring 2022 Science and Technology Lecture Series is shining the spotlight on climate change research.

“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges currently facing humanity, and everyone will be impacted by the rapid environmental changes that are currently occurring on Earth,” says Dr. Tim Stokes, a VIU Earth Sciences Professor and the series coordinator and organizer.

At each lecture, researchers will share their findings on climate change science and delve into topics such as investigating changing snowpacks in Coastal BC, water resource management on Vancouver Island, and tracking past shifts in sea levels and their effects on humans. The Science and Technology Lecture Series has been offered almost every spring term for the last 15 years and was created as an opportunity for researchers to share their findings on a range of different science issues and topics with the VIU community and the public.

The series runs on Wednesdays, from 7-8 pm, from January 19 to April 6. There is no lecture on February 23, during VIU’s Reading Week. Lectures are offered in-person at Building 355, Room 203 at VIU’s Nanaimo campus and most lectures will be live streamed via Zoom. In-person attendance is at a reduced capacity of 50% and attendees must provide proof of vaccination and wear masks at all times. For Zoom links or to register to attend in-person lectures please visit the Science and Technology Community Lecture Series website.

Vancouver Island University (VIU), 19 January 2022. More information.

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