Seaweeds of the West Coast - June 2018

Come and learn about the world of West Coast Seaweeds with seaweed enthusiast, author, and educator Dr. Bridgette Clarkston! This three-day field course (Friday evening - Sunday afternoon) is based at the Tofino Botanical Gardens.


June 15 - 17, 2018


Raincoast Education Society


Dr. Bridgette Clarkston


PO Box 815
Tofino, BC


Topics to be covered in this year’s course include an introduction to seaweeds (What are they? What is their role in coastal ecology?), biodiversity of west coast seaweeds, essentials of collecting and identifying seaweeds, seaweed foraging, the relationship between seaweeds and people, pressing and preserving seaweeds, and more!

Bridgette Clarkston is a seaweed enthusiast and co-author of the field guide, Pacific Seaweeds: A Guide to Common Seaweeds of the West Coast. She is a science educator and avid photographer with over 11 years of teaching and outreach experience. She has worked with initiatives such as the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre and the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at the University of British Columbia. She specialized in seaweed taxonomy during her PhD at the University of New Brunswick where she discovered several new species of red seaweed, including one she named Euthora timburtonii. Currently, she is a faculty member in the Botany department at the University of British Columbia.



Course fee:

$240 per person and includes lunch on Saturday & Sunday