We respectfully acknowledge that the BMSC is situated on the traditional territory of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, a Nuu-chah-nulth Nation and member of the Maa-nulth Treaty Society.
Nestled between the rugged outer coast and Barkley Sound’s protected inner waters, lies the sacred ancient village of Kiix̣in. Learn about the Huu-ay-aht First Nations have a long and proud history in their traditional territories. Their history extends back to the beginning of time, and tells of many great people, adventures, traditions and deeds. Kiixin is the traditional capital village of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, a Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation..[Read More]
Early in 1969, a float plane meandered its way over the convoluted bays of western Vancouver Island’s coast as eager eyes peered from the window. Seaweed scientist Louis Druehl was one of those aboard heading a search committee tasked with choosing the best spot to build a Canadian west coast marine science station.
While the ecologists and phycologists carried on with their course work amidst friendly rivalry, construction was taking place at the old cable station site. A ‘penthouse’ for offices was built on the roof as well as a complex seawater system, sewage treatment plant, and backup generators were installed.
The Pacific Ecology Conference (PEC) was hosted by the Bamfield Marine Station for the first time in 1985. Now called the “Pacific Ecology & Evolution Conference”, PEEC is a student-run, annual conference that aims to provide opportunities to early-career scientists to exchange ideas and seek collaborations with peers from across Western Canada and the United States, with the goal to create a comfortable and intellectually stimulating environment, welcoming presentations on..[Read More]
The Eco-physiology Laboratory consists of five laboratories and adjoining aquaria with flow-through seawater and dry lab space, supporting neurophysiology, animal physiology, and molecular biology research. Three laboratories in the Eco-physiology building are designated for isotope use, certified by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and equipped with a liquid scintillation counter. This facility also houses an Atomic Absorption Spectrometer, -80˚F freezer, autoclave, and various other equipment. Expansion of the library..[Read More]
Now a focal point at the BMSC, “the Rix,” as it is lovingly called, is a striking building with scalloped roof and awe-inspiring ocean view. Overlooking Bamfield inlet, inside the Rix are an Environmental Integrity Lab with high-quality seawater; a Biotechnology Lab supporting molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry and physiology; a Digital Imaging Facility with high tech confocal laser scanning and compound microscopes, analytical equipment labs, computer lab and office..[Read More]