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Camp Life with Keith
October 18, 2018 by Katrina Pyne, Grant Callegari
Keith Jordan—one of the longest running employees at the Hakai Institute—does a bit of everything. He tests the drinking water, rounds up the garbage, and fixes anything out of whack around the Ecological Observatory. Every camp needs a Keith...or five.
13,000 Years of Coastal Living
October 09, 2018 by Meigan Henry, Grant Callegari, Katrina Pyne
A team of archaeologists are looking for evidence of humans—the oldest sites they can find in the Discovery Islands off Vancouver Island, BC. When the glaciers receded, people arrived. These people adapted to coastal living, even as the shorelines changed dramatically. Come into the field for a behind-the-scenes look at how they piece together the history of coastal living for the last 13,000 years.
Introducing the Marna Lab
October 04, 2018 by Katrina Pyne, Grant Callegari
In the fall of 2018, the Hakai Institute is pleased to take you inside our newest laboratory at our Quadra Island Ecological Observatory. Filled with 40 specialized aquaria, the Marna Lab will allow us to test current theories about ocean acidification and climate change in controlled ways that are just not possible in the field. Check it out!
Fatal Attraction: The Carrion Beetle
September 18, 2018 by Katrina Pyne
The perfume of rotting meat fills the air. Most people would walk in the opposite direction. But if you’re a carrion beetle—or the scientists that want to find them—that funky fragrance is irresistible. Join entomologists Sung Jo and Chris Ernst as they attempt to catch beetles using some malodorous methods.
Lichens: Corals of the Forest
August 23, 2018 by Katrina Pyne
You’ve probably walked past them hundreds of times. Devil’s matchstick, frog pelt, lungwort, and, of course, fairy barf. While these sound like ingredients for a fictional witch potion, you can find these and more on a walk through the forests of British Columbia. Let us introduce you to a symbiotic relationship like no other—the lichens.