Beaty Biodiversity Museum Partners with Outer Shores Expeditions

Guided by a crew of professional mariners and naturalists, Outer Shores Expeditions escorts small groups to explore, experience, and learn about the stunning wildlife and ancient cultures of coastal British Columbia. Check out the Outer Shores Expeditions website for details of the incredible trips they have planned. As a friend of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum you’ll receive 10% off any booked excursion when you mention the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

Some of the fascinating areas these excursions explore include Haida Gwaii, the Southern Gulf Islands, Pacific Rim National Park, and the Great Bear Rainforest. If the stunning coastal areas you’ll explore aren’t enough, you’ll do it dining on gourmet meals aboard the classic wooden schooner Passing Cloud.

Outer Shores Expeditions is lead by Russell Markel, who completed his PhD right here at UBC.


More about Russell

Russell has spent his life and career as a marine ecologist and mariner studying, exploring, guiding and teaching about the BC Coast. Founding Outer Shores is the realization of his ambition to bring together his experience, education, and passions to create an organization that fosters education, stewardship and conservation.

The University of British Columbia has figured prominently in Russell’s career path and successes.

During his Masters degree in the Department of Botany, Russell investigated processes that shape the diversity and organization of benthic marine communities.


During his PhD in the Department of Zoology at UBC, and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at UBC, Russell focused his research in three general areas: (1) the effects of over-fishing and over-hunting top predators on coastal ecosystems and human communities; (2) relationships between changing ocean climate and marine fish population dynamics; and (3) the design and effectiveness of marine protected areas.

Russell’s studies in the Department of Zoology spanned this department’s transition from the “Huts” to the Biodiversity Research Centre, where he enjoyed enormously the exceptional expertise, facilities, and interdisciplinary environment that this Centre provides.

Through the educational expeditions and citizen-science activities of Outer Shores, Russell is excited to maintain his close ties and build new collaborations with the both the Biodiversity Research Centre and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.