INSTITUTE FOR MULTIDISCIPLINARY ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH IN THE SALISH SEA
Furthering our vision for the Salish Sea: a resilient and interconnected bioregion in a changing world
CO-CREATING COMMUNITY AND CONNECTION TO PLACE
IMERSS is a multidisciplinary, cross–cultural, and transboundary community of practice dedicated to long-term ecological research in the Salish Sea bioregion. We are driven by a common desire to empower communities in the effort to monitor biodiversity in this sensitive and dynamic coastal environment.
We strive to foster open access to science, scholarship, technology and art, encouraging individuals to play active roles attending to changes in the ecosystems that surround us. In this way, we hope to counteract the impacts of cultural amnesia and shifting baselines in this era of rapid ecological and social transformation.
IMERSS is a federally incorporated Canadian non-profit (1203734-3).
An ongoing taxonomic inventory of the diatoms of the Salish Sea.
Developing low-cost data collection and analysis systems for long-term pollinator surveillance and hyperlocal weather and climate monitoring.
Curating a critical baseline record of the vascular plant diversity of the Salish Sea–legacy of the late Harvey Janszen (July 11, 1946–May 10, 2021)
Studying the diversity and distribution of maritime lichens in the Salish Sea
An initiative to locate 12 plant species identified as being at risk of extirpation from Galiano Island.
A newly initiated research partnership between IMERSS and Parfrey Lab (UBC) exploring the microscopic worlds of eelgrass community ecology.
A science outreach program connecting communities with the wonders of natural history, as seen through the lens of microscopy, hosted by Dr. Elaine Humphrey
Weaving biodiversity data, Indigenous language, and place-based knowledge into an eco-cultural mapping framework.
A multidisciplinary working group advancing innovative approaches to organizing and communicating biodiversity data.
A community effort to monitor local scale microclimatic variation, helping to predict future climate impacts.
A community-based initiative to document the flora and fauna of Galiano Island, BC.