Science at Hakai

The Hakai Institute is a set of interlocking programs that blend technology and science to better understand the coastal margin of British Columbia and beyond. We eschew both scientific and geographical artificial boundaries, as our interdisciplinary teams work from ice fields to watersheds to the nearshore and coastal oceans. We link with regional and global networks. We integrate the disciplines. We fill the seams of coastal science.

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Deep Time

Deep Time

Coastal ecosystems are among the most productive on Earth. They provide myriad benefits that people have relied upon economically, socially, and culturally for millennia and continue to do so today. The oldest human footprints ever found in North America, over 13,000 years old, were discovered on the shores of Calvert Island. Village sites that are at least 14,000 years old have also been found in the area. We frame our current research in the context of long-term change and the historical and current human influence on the landscapes we work on.

Juvenile Salmon

Juvenile Salmon

Salmon have connections across the entire BC coast. Traces of salmon are found throughout coastal ecosystems, intrinsically linking the land and the oceans. Despite considerable interest, we still have a lot to learn about these species—factors that determine early survival, susceptibility to disease, as well as how salmon will respond to climate change stressors. Our research focuses on juvenile sockeye along their migration route through the northern end of the Salish Sea.

Biodiversity

Biodiversity

The varied habitats of coastal British Columbia are rich with a stunning array of life. Biodiversity—the variety of living things in an area—may seem like a scientific buzzword, but understanding biodiversity is critical to assess how and why coastal life changes. We monitor coastal habitats, conduct experiments, and use the latest genomic techniques to study biodiversity on the BC coast across a range of scales. Specifically, we focus on the inventory of nearshore organisms as part of Smithsonian’s MarineGEO network, as well as the use of eDNA to investigate further based on this inventory.