Dr. Brian Hunt is a biological oceanographer with broad interests in the structure and function of pelagic marine ecosystems, and their response to climate forcing and anthropogenic impacts.
His research has focused on plankton dynamics, the response of these lower trophic levels to bottom-up forcing by climatic and oceanographic conditions, and the implications of this response for mid-trophic levels, including forage and juvenile fish, as well as top predators. Brian’s research is wide ranging, spanning interests in the Antarctic, tropical South Pacific, New Zealand, Mediterranean, North Pacific and Arctic.
Since moving to UBC in 2006, British Columbia coastal ecosystems have been Dr. Hunt’s major research focus. After his initial involvement in the Tula Foundation funded Rivers Inlet Ecosystem Study between 2008 and 2011, Dr. Hunt has worked extensively in partnership with the Tula Foundation’s Hakai Institute in developing Oceanographic Observatories’ in British Columbia, and conducting research into the early life history of juvenile salmon and herring. This work is done in collaboration with a growing network of Canadian researchers, including the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, First Nations’, NGOs and other academic institutes.
Dr. Hunt currently holds the UBC Hakai Professorship in Oceanography
Hakai Research Associate - University of British Columbia (2014 - ongoing)
Marie Curie Research Fellow - University de Luminy (2012-2014)
Research Associate - University of British Columbia (2009 - 2011)
Post-doctoral fellow – University of British Columbia (2005 – 2009)
PhD - University of Tasmania, Australia (2001 – 2005) - thesis pdf
MSc - Rhodes University, South Africa (1998 – 2000)
BSc Honours - Rhodes University, South Africa (1997 – 1998)
BSc - Rhodes University, South Africa (1994 – 1997)