BMSC welcomes Dr. Dave Turpin as the new WCUMSS president.

We wish to thank Dr. Jon Driver for 10 years of strong support as President of WCUMSS!

Thank you so much Jon!

We are excited to welcome Dr. David Turpin as the new President of WCUMSS.

Trained as a biological oceanographer Dr. Turpin’s connection to BMSC dates back to the 1970s. During his career he served as President of both the University of Alberta and the University of Victoria. Prior to these positions he was the VP Academic at Queen’s University, Dean of Arts and Science at Queen’s, and Head of the Botany Department at UBC. His research interests in primary production and phytoplankton resource competition led to a major research program designed to understand the physiological and biochemical interactions between photosynthesis, respiration and nitrogen assimilation.

In addition to his passion for marine and coastal science, David and his wife Suromitra Sanatani share a commitment to international development and global citizenship which has led to educational and research partnerships around the world. Dave has chaired the World University Service of Canada and serves on the Board of CARE Canada. In recognition of this commitment the University of Alberta established the David Turpin and Suromitra Sanatani Scholarship for Refugees and Displaced Persons.

For his contributions to research Dr. Turpin was awarded the Steacie Fellowship and elected to the Royal Society of Canada. His service to the broader community has been recognized with the Order of Canada and the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. 

We have a very strong supporter for our next chapter!  Welcome to the BMSC Team Dr. Turpin!

WCUMSS Management Council members in attendance October 1, 2022 at the BMSC:

Left to right: Ray McNichol, (Treasurer, UBC), Dr. Peter Constabel (UVIC), Dr. David Turpin, (WCUMSS President), Dr. Kristin Baetz (UCalgary), Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Reuppell (UAlberta), Dr. Sean Rogers, (BMSC Director, UCalgary, Secretary), Dr. Elizabeth Elle (SFU), Dr. Vanessa Auld (UBC), Dr. Peter Loock (UVIC) and Dr. Jon Driver (SFU, WCUMSS past President).