Exploring British Columbia’s Underwater Mountains – Dr. Cherisse Du Preez

Exploring British Columbia’s Underwater Mountains – Dr. Cherisse Du Preez

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Date(s) - 11/Mar/2021
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Can you picture the iconic coastal mountains that surround the city of Vancouver—the beaches, neighbourhoods, and forests giving rise to rocky slopes and towering snow-capped peaks? Incredibly, the Pacific Ocean covers ancient volcanoes larger and taller than most of the mountains we see on land (even Mount Baker). These hidden giants were largely undiscovered until recently when in 2017, local marine biologists (with the help of deep-diving robots) began to explore and chart British Columbia’s deep sea.

As the lead scientist on the project, Dr. Du Preez has discovered dozens of new seamounts and documented how they support a wealth of life, from old-growth forests of corals and glass sponges to visiting whales and strangely behaving sharks. While her science takes her to all corners of our blue planet, Dr. Du Preez studied marine biology at the University of Victoria and continues to call Vancouver Island home.

This presentation will be aired via Zoom Video Conferencing. On the Monday preceding the event, Nature Vancouver members will receive the Zoom link in the weekly e-News. To join the talk on Thursday, click on that link after 7:15 pm. The talk will begin at 7:30 pm.  Non-members are welcome and should Email denis@NatureVancouver.ca well in advance to register for the link.

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