Session Information

Marine Biodiversity and the Health of Canada's Oceans

Date: Thursday, March 3

Time: 7:00pm

Location: SFU Vancouver Harbour Centre, Room 1900, 515 West Hastings Street

Format: GLOBE Week Event

A free public talk and discussion, presented by Dr. Paul Snelgrove, Research Professor, Ocean Sciences and Biology, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.

Oceans encompass more than 95 per cent of Earth’s biosphere, and their massive volume and remoteness ensure we will not fully quantify their biodiversity in our lifetimes. Human pressures on the ocean will almost certainly increase in the future, yet we have little understanding of the role that different species play in maintaining ocean health.  Although charismatic and commercial species have attracted public concern, few consider the many other species that inhabit ocean environments and help to support us and the species we care about. Dr. Snelgrove will discuss the new tools and approaches that have revolutionized ocean sciences in the last decade, documenting new species, new environments, and new processes that create unprecedented opportunities to improve ocean sustainability. This presentation is free and open to the public but reservations are recommended. To reserve a seat, visit

Host: Centre for Coastal Science and Management, Simon Fraser University and the Shorefast Foundation