Area of Expertise:
Dr. Wiley Evans manages the Ocean Acidification Program at the Hakai Institute, which conducts research along the coastal margins of British Columbia and Alaska. Wiley received his PhD from Oregon State University in 2011. He conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Ocean Acidification Research Center before moving on to a Research Scientist position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, Washington. Wiley joined the Hakai Institute in January 2016 with the aim of advancing nearshore OA-specific ocean observing capacity in data-poor regions of our coast.
His research focuses on the marine carbonate system in the coastal ocean settings and targets: (1) net exchange of carbon dioxide between surface waters and the atmosphere, (2) manifestations of ocean and estuarine acidification, and (3) regional carbon budgets. His research involves a variety of platforms including moorings, autonomous vehicles, ships and satellites; as well as high-speed measurement systems to resolve the marine carbonate system. He also works directly with regional stakeholders, such as shellfish hatcheries, in Alaska and British Columbia to monitor the evolution of corrosive ocean conditions.
The Hakai Institute, a non-profit independent research organization, 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.
Select Presentation(s) / Publication(s):
Evans, Wiley; Winterburn, Darlene; Pocock, Katie; Weekes, Carrie; and Hare, Alex, “Results from the Baynes Sound Environmental Intelligence Collaboration (BaSEIC)” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 169. https://cedar.wwu.edu/ssec/2018ssec/allsessions/169
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. https://cedar.wwu.edu/ssec/2016ssec/climate_change_ocean_acidification/19/
Gurney-Smith, H., Evans, W., Mohns, K., Smith, C., & Russell, T. (2017). Tracking in situ real-time responses of ocean acidification effects on biological organisms and influence on plankton diversity. In G. J. Parsons & B. Tillmann (Eds.), Canadian Aquaculture R&D Review 2017. Retrieved from http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/aquaculture/sci-res/rd2017/intro-eng.html
Evans W., & Gurney-Smith H. (2016). A novel carbonate system time series from a highly resolved site in the Northern Salish Sea. In P. C. Chandler, S. A. King, & R. I. Perry (Eds.), State of the Physical, Biological and Selected Fishery Resources of Pacific Canadian Marine Ecosystems in 2015 (pp. 135–138). Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 3179: viii + 230 p. Retrieved from http://waves-vagues.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Library/365564.pdf