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Free glaciology and marine programs for girls seek applications

January 26, 2017

International Arctic Research Center

Inspiring Girls Expeditions is accepting applications through January 31, 2017 for free summer science and wilderness expeditions in Alaska and Washington for girls ages 16 to 17.

Three teams of up to nine teenage girls and three instructors will spend 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers or fjords with tidewater glaciers. They’ll conduct scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, oceanographers, artists and mountaineers.

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Early days of Marine Science 2016

September 15, 2016

We have almost made it through two weeks of Marine Science and students have already explored a great variety of ecosystems:

On their first day of class first year marine scientists watched barnacles feed, limpets crawl around and seaweed wave around in the water off the Pearson College dock.

Second year marine scientists have braved (and all survived!) the mudflats.  More details to follow on those two trips…

First years have been to Weir’s beach,

Albert Head Lagoon,


and the Director’s intertidal.


I have been immensely impressed with the level of enthusiasm shown by all of these students.

From the photos above, you can see a few of them really sinking their feet in to the various ecosystems!

Deep sea creatures surface in Pedder Bay

January 28, 2016

Over the past week, several creatures, usually only seen in the deep sea, made appearances in the floating lab and on the Pearson College dock.

For more detail on individual organisms see the Flickr album Deep Sea costumes 2016.

Goodbye Courtney!

December 18, 2015

Courtney & octopus

We’ll miss you very much in both Marine Science and Diving and we thank you for all of your wonderful and enthusiastic contributions!

Laura Courtney Kevin

Emil Courtney Michal

Courtney Anne elephantseal

Aia Malou Courtney

That’s Courtney on the right in the unicorn onesie (along with Aia Pikachu and Malou the seal).

Pedder Bay sunrise – 4 December 2015

December 4, 2015

This one is for little Laura…

PB sunrise

Blustery day in Pedder Bay

November 17, 2015


It is rare that we see whitecaps in Pedder Bay, but they were plentiful today.


Big gusts too! (see upper right of the photo above).  No wonder really why the power went out at about 11 am.  Fortunately it was restored around 8 pm.

Next tree to fall

Students in one of today’s Marine Science classes were certain that the leaning tree above was going to fall in to the water – it hasn’t happened yet, but it is still quite windy tonight, so stay tuned…

Connection with ONC Wiring the Abyss expedition 2015

September 24, 2015

B block ONC

On Monday 14 September, first year marine scientists in B block were fortunate to be able to make contact with Dave Riddell of Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) while he was aboard the R/V Thompson. Dave was part of the recent ‘Wiring the Abyss 2015’ expedition and did a wonderful job explaining what ONC does and what the expedition was all about.


The photo above shows JASON, the ROV that was used during the expedition as well as small images of Dave Riddell and students in the floating lab (lower right corner).

Thanks Dave!!

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup 2015

September 24, 2015

It was a small but dedicated group of Pearson College folks who joined the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup at Esquimalt Lagoon on the morning of Sunday 13 September (the same day as Metchosin Day!).GCSC A


Thanks Catriona, Maya, Karena (for beach cleaning & driving), Simon, Devin & family!

First day of Marine Science 2015

September 7, 2015

Pedder Bay 7 Sept 15Today was the first day of classes for the 2015/2016 academic year!

And even the deer were scrambling to get to class…


Diverse divers continued.

May 4, 2014


Dive buddies go through a thorough safety check top-side.Image

Getting all the gear on can be a task.ImageImage

All ready to roll back into the water.ImageImageImageImage

Surface checks are done just before decent.Image

Top-side crew keeps an eye on divers’ bubbles and warns away vessel traffic.Image


The coast is clear.


Divers head back to the boat after another successful dive.


Aura makes it all look simple.


It is trickier than it looks hauling all that gear around.



She is almost there.


After the dive comes hot chocolate and a relaxing ride back to the college.



Chilling (literally).