November, 2017

15Nov7:00 PMAncient Reefs: Glass Sponges of the North Coast7:00 PM Northwest Community College- Prince Rupert Campus

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Ancient Reefs: Glass Sponges of the North Coast

Wednesday, November 15 @ 7:00pm

Northwest Community College (Prince Rupert campus)


Glass sponge reefs are hotspots of biodiversity that were once thought to be extinct, until 1987 when large reefs were discovered in Hecate Strait. Since then, glass sponge reefs have been discovered throughout the coast of BC, but are not thought to exist anywhere else in the world.  Join Dr. Stephanie Archer of Fisheries and Oceans Canada to learn about these unique reefs, including preliminary results from the 2017 survey of recently discovered reefs in Chatham Sound, near Prince Rupert.


About the Speaker: Dr. Archer received her BS in Ecology from University of Georgia and her MS in Ecology from Utah State University. In the fall of 2015 she completed her PhD in Zoology at North Carolina State University where she studied how sponges influence the structure and function of seagrass beds and coral reefs. In early 2016 Stephanie began her appointment as an NSERC Visiting Fellow with DFO in Nanaimo. At the Pacific Biological Station she has been working on describing the community associated with glass sponge reefs and developing new methods for monitoring these amazing ecosystems.


(Wednesday) 7:00 PM


Northwest Community College- Prince Rupert Campus

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