Alex Hare

Hakai Institute
PO Box 309
Heriot Bay, BC
Canada, V0P 1H0


Research area(s):

  • Biological oceanography
  • Chemical oceanography

Area of Expertise:

Dr. Alex Hare works as a Biogeochemist at the Hakai Institute’s Quadra Island Lab. Some of the projects he has been involved with include:

  • The Hakai Institute established an ocean-monitoring program at the north end of the Strait of Georgia in late 2014. This program operates out of Hakai Institute’s Quadra Island field station and its footprint currently extends from the southern tip of Quadra Island to the southern entrance of Johnstone Strait, and across the transitional waters of the southern Discovery Islands between Vancouver Island and the mainland. The program is based on the principles of long-term ecological research and consists of oceanographic surveys that are performed year-round at regular frequencies from weekly to seasonally. During these surveys a comprehensive set of biological, chemical and physical oceanographic parameters are measured through CTD, Niskin bottle and zooplankton net deployments.
  • The Hakai Institute partnered with the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) in 2016 and 2017 to provide seawater measurements that track ocean acidification in the northern Strait of Georgia. The partnership is based on the PSF Citizen Science Program’s small vessel fleet that regularly deploys marine sensors and collects water samples along regular routes throughout the Strait. Water samples for ocean acidification measurements are collected by the Citizen Scientists at 7 locations and are analyzed at the Hakai Institute’s Quadra Island Field Station located in Hyacinthe Bay, Quadra Island. Together, these efforts are providing new insight into the processes governing coastal ocean acidification, how those processes are connected across locations, and where the timing and location of sensitive conditions for marine species may exist within the Strait.

Select Presentation(s) / Publication(s):

Pocock, K., Evans, W., & Hare, A. (2017). Science-industry partnership leading to a better understanding of ocean acidification in British Columbia, Canada. In G. J. Parsons & B. Tillmann (Eds.), Canadian Aquaculture R&D Review 2017. Retrieved from

Hare, A., Evans, W., & Pocock, K. (2017). Carbonate system time series of the northern Salish Sea. In P. C. Chandler, S. A. King, & J. Boldt (Eds.), State of the Physical, Biological and Selected Fishery Resources of Pacific Canadian Marine Ecosystems in 2016(pp. 151–154). Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 3225: 243 + vi p. Retrieved from

Evans, Wiley; Hunt, Brian P. V.; Jackson, Jennifer M.; Hare, Alex A.; Gurney-Smith, Helen; Mathis, Jeremy T.; Hales, Burke; “Tracking marine carbonate system variability in the northern Salish Sea” (2016). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 19.

Hare, Alexander; Hunt, Brian P. V.; Jackson, Jennifer; Evans, Wiley; Jacob, Wayne; Brunsting, Ray; Oceanographic Team, Hakai Institute; “Introducing Hakai Institute’s northern Strait of Georgia and Discovery Islands Ocean Monitoring Program” (2016). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 22.

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