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.
IMERSS strives 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.
An ongoing taxonomic inventory of the diatoms of 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 mentorship program connecting youth to the wonders of marine biology, supervised by Dr. Elaine Humphrey
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.