Coastal science expedition project awarded $43,000

September 17, 2018
Lisa Weighton
Canadian Coast Guard Ship Vector

Students and the public from four coastal communities on Vancouver Island will have the chance to board a working research vessel and interact with scientists to learn about local marine research thanks to seed funding from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s PromoScience program.

The joint project between Royal Roads University, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Natural Resources Canada aims to stimulate curiosity for the ocean. It’s also an opportunity to interact with working marine scientists, Coast Guard officers, crew and technicians while learning about local marine research.

Royal Roads University was awarded $43,000 for its collaborative PromoScience Expedition, an interactive tour that provides opportunities for those living in remote communities to learn about high-quality marine science and technology.

The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Vector, a working research vessel, will stop at Bamfield, Port Alberni, Tofino and Ucluelet between Oct. 17 and 21. Eight working marine scientists will demonstrate things like how to sample properties of the water column and the creatures that live in it, core ocean sediments, and deploy complex bottom sounders that show what the bottom of the ocean looks like.

“Our goal is to provide youth opportunities to learn about marine science research in their local areas, and meet working scientists,” says Dr. Audrey Dallimore, member of the PromoScience Expedition science team and associate professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability.

“As scientists, we are looking forward to meeting young people and their communities on the ship, and learn about their local knowledge as well.”

Watch a video about the original PromoScience 2010 Salish Sea Expedition