How do I prepare for a successful research season at BMSC

First and foremost, it is recommended to get in touch with the Head of Research Services (250-728-3301 x 255) or the Research Coordinator (x 259) to have a conversation about your research needs and get your questions answered well in advance of your stay. Please give us a call anytime between Mon-Fri 8:30 to 4:30 to chat or email and to set up a phone call. 

Preparing for your research visit to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC) involves careful planning and consideration of various aspects of your stay. Here’s a glance of what you need to know to ensure a successful and productive research experience at BMSC:

Research Proposal and Permits: Ensure your research proposal is well-defined and approved. Familiarize yourself with sampling regulations and best practices. Contact BMSC in advance to discuss your research goals and get advice on obtaining any necessary permits for collecting samples or conducting research in the area (including Animal Use Protocol approvals) for your study. Details are found HERE**This is the most urgent preparatory requirement since many permits or Animal Use Protocol approvals involve external bodies that require 30 to 90 days for application approvals. If you have questions, give us a call!**

Accommodations: Reserve your accommodations well in advance. BMSC provides on-site accommodations for researchers, but availability may be limited during peak seasons. Instructions on booking accommodation will be provided to you with your successful research application acceptance packet.

Travel Arrangements: Plan your travel to Bamfield, which can be reached by road or by boat. Consider transportation logistics, including ferry schedules if you’re traveling from the mainland. See our transportation FAQ for options outside of driving.

Supplies and Equipment: Prepare a list of the equipment, materials, and supplies you’ll need for your research and then coordinate with us if you require any specialized equipment. BMSC generally has equipment to loan, but recommends you bring your own supplies (e.g. gloves, disposable tips, tape) or any gear that is absolutely essential to your research.

Safety Protocols: BMSC prioritizes safety. Attend any safety orientations or meetings conducted by BMSC staff and adhere to safety guidelines and protocols throughout your stay.

Communication and Data Management: As we are a remote field station, internet access may be limited, so plan for data management and communication accordingly. Consider bringing a mobile hotspot or other communication tools if needed.

Access to Facilities: Familiarize yourself with the research facilities available at BMSC, including laboratories, equipment, and boats. Coordinate access and scheduling with BMSC staff.

Community Engagement: Engage with the local community and respect their environment. Participate in community events or educational outreach opportunities if they align with your research and interests. BMSC often hosts public events, and collaborations with local organizations can enhance your research.

Research Ethics and Regulations: Ensure that your research complies with ethical guidelines and regulations. Familiarize yourself with BMSC’s policies and any applicable ethical review processes.

Local Knowledge: BMSC staff and local residents are valuable resources for information about the area, including field sites, wildlife, and research opportunities. Don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Departure and Checkout: When your research is complete, follow BMSC’s checkout procedures for accommodations, equipment, and resources. Leave your workspace clean and organized.

Downtime and Exploration: Take advantage of your time in Bamfield by exploring the local trails, beaches, and marine environments during your downtime.

Communication and Collaboration: Connect with other researchers and students at BMSC. Collaborative efforts often lead to valuable insights and shared experiences.

By preparing thoroughly and maintaining open communication with BMSC staff and the local community, you can ensure a productive and enriching research experience in Bamfield. Enjoy your time at BMSC, and make the most of the unique opportunities for marine and environmental research in this beautiful coastal setting.

***get in touch with the Head of Research Services (250-728-3301 x 255) or the Research Coordinator (x 259)***