In the spring of 2015 we began studies through the Hakai Institute linking island biogeography with ecosystem subsidies on remote islands of the Central Coast of British Columbia. Yes, we’re studying 100 islands! This research grew from a pilot study of birds and plants that I initiated with Hakai on the remote Goose Islands in the region in 2011. We’ve now expanded to an integrated study of how nutrients from the sea affect the ecology of plants, breeding birds, mammals, insects, amphibians and their interactions. We had 16 people working in the field in 2015 and 2016. You can read more about it here.
Students are working with all four of the Principal Investigators, though each PI serves as the primary supervisor in one of the four species groups: birds (Reynolds), invertebrates (Reynolds) mammals (Chris Darimont), and plants (Brian Starzomski). This research is tied together through spatial analyses and visualization by Trisalyn Nelson.