Our undergraduate experiential learning results in significant discovery about predicting biodiversity.

This new study, published online today, is the result of data collected by our undergraduate students as part of their field course, Coastal Community Ecology, under the instruction of Dr. Chris Neufeld, Sam Starko, and co-authored by Dr. K.C. Burns (Alumni instructor), here at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.

The new research makes use of Bamfield’s exceptional geographical location to address a long-standing
puzzle about islands: why do some small islands have many unique species while other islands have very
few? It turns out that part of the answer lies in how exposed islands are to storms and waves, something not
worked into previous estimates of island biodiversity.

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Link to publication here