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Graham Brownlee, MSc

MSc Zoology



Cell Phone: (778) 957-9272

Location: Squamish/Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw territory


Graham (he/him) is an IBA Researcher with Firelight. He is a settler with roots from Estonia and England and is currently living on the territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) peoples.

Graham holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences and a master’s degree in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. His research has primarily focused on the impacts of human-driven climate change on coastal nearshore ecosystems through physiological and organismal responses to environmental change and their implications for ecosystem productivity and resilience. He has answered these questions through manipulative field and laboratory experiments simulating climate change, intertidal and subtidal surveys monitoring biological response to environmental stress, and through analytical techniques such as statistical modeling, geospatial statistics, and habitat suitability modeling. He has conducted ecological monitoring and experimental field work in remote locations along the coastal margin of British Columbia and worked with Coast Salish communities on marine spatial planning to support the revitalization of culturally important species and providing environmental conditions suitable for exercising traditional harvesting rights.

As a CAUS1 scientific diver, Graham enjoys scientific and recreational diving to explore the marine of the northeast Pacific, and tries to fit in as much paddling, hiking and biking, and volleyball and basketball as he can.