Our team at MABRRI is constantly developing new projects and initiatives to create further student working opportunities. The projects below are a few of the projects we have developed or are currently waiting funding for. If you are interested, please dont hesitate to go to our Donate page to contribute to these projects. 

Developing Projects

Bull Kelp Sample Collection and Marine Monitoring in the Salish Sea

The aim of this project is to contribute to the work that the Pacific Salmon Foundation has been conducting through the development of their Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, as well as the work that the Nile Creek Enhancement Society has currently underway regarding enhancement of bull kelp within the Salish Sea in retaliation to climate change. The targeted goals of this project are as follows: [1] through meeting with tenured marine biologists and program coordinators that work for the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Nile Creek Enhancement Society, and Project Watershed; determine what locations are of particular interest to the organizations which are currently lacking data collection; [2] conduct a literature review on factors limiting the successful development of bull kelp; [3] the collection of bull kelp sori (seeds) to be sent in for further analysis, and to find heartier strains of bull kelp that may be more resistant to warming water temperatures; and [4] Collect water samples from each site to capture a water profile of the following attributes: temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, pH, and conductivity to help determine whether the site could support new bull kelp production.

The Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Atlas

As one of Canada's only 18 biosphere reserves, the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region (MABR) is a unique place that attempts to carefully balance conservation with sustainable development – a feat that is becoming increasingly rare in today’s society. Many people living within the MABR do not understand the significance of living within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and because of this, MABRRI has the potential for teaching the public about sustainable living within this beautiful region.

In order to do so, the MABRRI team is in the beginning stages of developing the MABR Atlas – a book meant to increase public awareness of the MABR. With chapters such as First Nations, Key Species, Water, Geological History, and Urban Development, readers will have the opportunity to learn about both environmental and human topics within the region. Creating the Atlas will involve collaboration between MABRRI’s undergraduate and graduate Research Assistants and local community members.

Our hope is that the MABR Atlas will find homes in classrooms, on coffee tables, and in the hands of Canadian and international tourists, leading to an increased understanding and appreciation for the region’s unique environment and the relationship between it and the people living there.