Colin Bates

Colin Bates brings many hats to Quest University Canada: ecologist, beekeeper, botanist, polar expedition guide, and filmmaker. These seemingly disparate vocations are united by his interest in understanding human relationships with the natural world, through research, teaching, documenting, exploring, and communicating:

Colin has studied coastal ecology from the west coast of Vancouver Island to the Bay of Fundy. Primarily, he researches the causes and consequences of anthropogenic impacts on marine biodiversity. He has biology degrees from Simon Fraser University (B.Sc. 1996), the University of New Brunswick (M.Sc., 2002), and the University of British Columbia (Ph.D., 2007). He is an adjunct professor in the Botany Department at UBC.

Colin first experienced the block plan as a student in 1995, and has taught on the block since 2001. His course history includes: science filmmaking, seaweed biodiversity & ecology, plant biodiversity, photography, beekeeping, scientific research methods, biostatistics, and science journalism. He has supervised hundreds of undergraduate independent research projects, and he routinely teaches at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.

Colin has worked in the Arctic and Antarctica since 2007 as a lecturer, guide, and zodiac driver onboard polar expedition tour vessels. Among his polar credentials, he has sailed ¾ of the way around Antarctica on the icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov, he participated in the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition searching for the Franklin’s HMS Erebus and Terror, and he runs Quest’s Antarctica Field Course.

As a co-founder of ScienceFilm, Colin runs workshops teaching science professionals how to communicate their stories and research findings with compelling and professional-quality video narratives.

 In his free time, Colin is a fanatic tinkerer, gardener, Volkswagen and Vespa mechanic, and musician.