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Spencer Wood


Spencer migrates like a Surf Scoter up and down the West Coast through Alaska, British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.  He’s often found knee-deep in the surf, pondering the organisms that live along the outer shores.  For the last decade, he’s been studying how these marine communities have changed over thousands of years, using ancient shell remains left by people at coastal village sites in BC and AK.  These projects have given Spencer a unique perspective on the natural and cultural history of the West Coast (and sent him to some of its most beautiful beaches).  While not aboard the Passing Cloud, Spencer also works for the Natural Capital Project, researching ways that societies benefit from healthy marine ecosystems, and partnering with people, governments, and corporations who use this information to make better decisions.

You can learn more about Spencer’s recent research activities by checking out the articles below:

Should we put a price on Nature? High Country News (Jan 2015)

Recreational demand for clean water: evidence from geotagged photography from visitors to lakes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (March 2015)

Cleaner lakes are social media stars. Discover Magazine (February 2015)

Network structure beyond food webs: mapping non-trophic and trophic interactions on Chilean rocky shores. Ecology (Jan 2015)


My name is Russell Markel and I’m the Founder and President of Outer Shores Expeditions. If you’re a first time visitor, you might be asking; “What is Outer Shores?”

The Schooner

Passing Cloud is a 70′ classic wooden schooner designed by William James Roue, famous for designing the legendary schooner Bluenose in 1921.