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Paleoenvironmental / Marine Palynology Laboratory


Paleoenvironmental Laboratory at UVic, located in OEASB B424, B412, and B409, is the first marine palynology Laboratory in Western Canada. The laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art microscopy and palynological sample preparation equipment.


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Our research involves studies of taxonomy and ecology of dinoflagellate cysts and other marine palynomorphs, with the emphasis on their biogeographical distributions in the eastern Pacific Ocean and estuarine waters of North America. It leads to the identification of primary factors driving these biogeographical distributions. A compiled and calibrated modern database allows us to use dinoflagellate cysts for quantitative and qualitative reconstructions of past climatic and oceanographic conditions. Dinoflagellate cysts are shown to be used for accurate reconstructions of sea-surface temperature, salinity, marine productivity, intensity of upwelling, and coastal eutrophication. This research is multidisciplinary as it involves some elements of marine geology, biology, geography and environmental science.