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Upcoming webinar: Canada’s Ocean Acidification Community of Practice

By February 22, 2021No Comments

Join us for the second CoP webinar of the year, and get to know Canada’s Ocean Acidification Community of Practice—Wednesday, March 10 at 1pm AST/12pm EST / 9am PST.

The MEOPAR OA Community of Practice (CoP) was formed in 2018, with the overarching goal of sharing knowledge and improving linkages between OA knowledge creators and end-users across Canada. The OA CoP is led by two co-leads, Dr. Helen Gurney-Smith (DFO) and Dr. Brent Else (University of Calgary) and coordinator, Dr. Kristina Barclay (University of Calgary, MEOPAR), with guidance from an interdisciplinary Steering Committee from across the country. OA CoP objectives include the development of knowledge transfer and community engagement via accessible content, resources, and databases, and best-practices for data collection and sharing involving research groups, stakeholders, and community-based research.

In this webinar, the OA CoP will present some of its key activities to date, its new online resources and blog series, as well as updates on the development of future projects. Current and future activities are focused on increasing online content and resources to increase OA CoP awareness and engagement, the development of a low-cost OA sensor package to aid aquaculture operations and larger monitoring efforts, conducting regional vulnerability assessments, and participation in partner OA organizations, including the GOA-ON North American Hub, the OA Information Exchange, DFO-NOAA OA Working Groups, the OA Alliance, and MEOPAR.

Presenter: Kristina Barclay joined the MEOPAR OA CoP in October 2020 as their new coordinator, and a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Calgary. She received her Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Alberta, where she studied the effects of ocean acidification on marine snails and their relationships with shell-crushing crab predators through time. Kristina hopes to bring her background in OA research and science outreach/communication to continue to mobilize and engage the MEOPAR OA CoP.