Dr. Marc Trudel of Nanaimo’s Pacific Biological Station delivers a free public lecture January 21 at VIU’s Nanaimo campus about the migration patterns of the Pacific salmon.


By contributor Marilyn Assaf. 

Everything from astronomy, to glaciation, to human nutritional needs will be discussed by expert scientists during VIU’s free Science & Technology lecture series.

The weekly lecture series is open to the public Wednesday nights at VIU’s Nanaimo campus until April. Each lecture is delivered by a local scientist or visiting scientist from as far away as Prince Edward Island.

“There’s a topic to suit almost every interest,” says Wendy Simms, co-organizer of the series, “and you don’t have to have a scientific background to enjoy these talks. The lectures are aimed at a general audience, including community members, students, and educators.”

Dr. Marc Trudel of Nanaimo’s Pacific Biological Station will describe migration patterns of the Pacific salmon and discuss areas for future research on Wednesday, January 21.

On January 28, VIU researcher Dr. David Gaumont Guay will speak about the research gardens at Shq’apthut – A Gathering Place, assessing the benefits of green roofs in the urban gardens.

Each lecture is followed by a Q&A session where audience members are invited to spark discussion on current issues and meet the researchers in person.

Other topics for upcoming talks include marine natural products, and the ecology and epidemiology of rat-associated pathogens in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

The series runs from 7–8 pm on Wednesday evenings in bldg. 356, rm. 109 at VIU’s Nanaimo campus. For more information and a complete schedule of topics, visit the lecture’s web page.