Russell Markel (President)
Russell has spent his life and career as a marine ecologist and mariner studying, exploring, and sailing the BC coast. Founding Outer Shores is the realization of his ambition to bring together his experience, education, and passions to create an organisation that fosters education, awareness, and stewardship. During his PhD in the Department of Zoology at UBC, and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (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. As a mariner, Russell’s career has included everything from teaching sailing and yacht deliveries to commercial research vessels and search and rescue missions aboard Canadian Coast Guard fast-response craft and 47’ motor lifeboats. Most recently, Russell worked as a captain and expedition leader for Bluewater Adventures aboard this company’s vessels Island Roamer and Island Odyssey throughout BC and southeast Alaska.