Moira Galbraith

Zooplankton Biologist
Ocean Sciences Division
Institute of Ocean Sciences
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
P.O. Box 6000
9860 West Saanich Road
Sidney, B.C.
Canada, V8L 4B2

Phone: 250-363-6692

Fax: 250-363-6690


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Moira Galbraith is Zooplankton Biologist at the DFO’s Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney, BC. The main scope of her work is to identifying to species, sex and staging zooplankton collected through the LaPerouse Monitoring Program; Station Papa and Line P Times Series; and the High Seas Salmon surveys. Plankton is the base of the oceanic food web and how the zooplankton is doing determines how well animals like salmon; sea birds and whales will be faring in the near future. El Niño events change the plankton community structure which causes havoc up the food web. Constant monitoring of what species are in the area and where gives scientists a heads up of potential problems.

Select Presentation(s) / Publication(s):

Young, Kelly; Galbraith, Moira; and Perry, Ian, “Zooplankton variability in the Northern Salish Sea over the past 3 decades, and relationships with Coho salmon” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 403.

Esenkulova, Svetlana; Suchy, Karyn; Perry, Ian; Young, Kelly; Costa, Maycira; Flagg, Ryan; Galbraith, Moira; and Pearsall, Isobel, “Seasonal dynamics of oceanographic conditions, phytoplankton, and zooplankton in the Malaspina Strait, Strait of Georgia” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 376.

Suchy, Karyn; Perry, Ian; Costa, Maycira; Young, Kelly; Galbraith, Moira; Hunt, Brian; Esenkulova, Svetlana; Boldt, Jennifer; Thompson, Matthew; “Comparison of bottom-up processes in Canadian subregions of the Salish Sea” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 441.

Carmack, Eddy; Holling, Buzz; Vagle, Svein; Dempsey, Mike; Eert, Jane; Zimmerman, Sarah; Galbraith, Moira; Hannah, Charles; Chittenden, Cedar; and Williams, Bill, “Oceanography of Cowichan Bay: A background view for early marine survival of Chinook and Coho salmon” (2014). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 198.

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