Kira Krumhansl is a postdoctoral fellow interested in the interactions between humans and kelp forest ecosystems. In BC, Kira is working collaboratively with the Heiltsuk Nation in Bella Bella to design a sustainable management plan for a newly developing commercial harvest of the giant canopy kelp Macrocystis integrifolia. Specifically, she’s conducting research to inform an analysis of trade-offs between the benefits of harvest and some of the services humans derive from kelp forests, including carbon storage and fisheries. Kira is also engaged in research synthesizing current data and knowledge to understand the impact of climate change on kelp ecosystems globally.
Kira is coming from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, where her dissertation focused on examining dynamics of detrital production in kelp ecosystems, with an emphasis on how human activities are altering energy flow through detrital pathways. Since her dissertation, Kira has conducted community-based research throughout Nunavut to investigate the impact of organic pollution on soft-sediment benthic communities. Kira has also been actively engaged in science outreach and education projects, with an interest in bringing scientific data to high school classrooms as a means of engaging students in the wonder of science.