Biology in Bamfield: An AP Adventure

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - By: Chidinma A, Alex ‘17; Photo by Linnea M, Allard '17

Early morning, Monday, September the 19th, seventeen eager Biology 12AP students headed off campus and began the five hour bus ride to what would become a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, a cooperative effort of UVic, UBC, Simon Fraser, U of A and the University of Calgary. 

Upon arrival, students immediately jumped into their packed schedule, commencing their journey with a quick, but delicious lunch and a fascinating marine reproduction lab. Day one was chock-full of labs and boat trips to become familiar with the surroundings and what would become home for the next few days. Students were able to view, handle, and study many marine organisms firsthand. 

One highlight of the trip was the bioluminesce boat trip” where we were able to view bioluminescent, or ‘glowing’ plankton off of the main docks before turning in for the night. Throughout the following days students were just as immersed in experiences and labs performed with state-of-the-art equipment and there was even a beachfront campfire.

Before departing, a final lab was performed, and students were able to observe and identify different types of live phyto and zooplankton, before hopping back on the bus and coming home. 

Thanks to Mr. McCarthy and Ms. Wolinsky for leading this excellent experience.

Chidinma A, Alex ‘17

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