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Louis D. Druehl and Bridgette E. Clarkston

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The academics and authors Louis D. Druehl and Bridgette E. Clarkston discuss their new book Pacific Seaweeds: A Guide to Common Seaweeds of the West Coast (Harbour Publishing, 2016), with Joseph Planta.


Pacific Seaweeds: A Guide to Common Seaweeds of the West Coast by Louis D. Druehl and Bridgette E. Clarkston (Harbour Publishing, 2016).

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: Pacific Seaweeds


Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

Fifteen years ago Louis D. Druehl published Pacific Seaweeds. It sold 10,000 copies, and now a new updated and expanded version has just been published. Pacific Seaweeds: A Guide to Common Seaweeds of the West Coast is a visually stunning book, in full colour that allows the reader to identify various species of seaweed found in and around British Columbia. There are recipes too. Louis Druehl and Bridgette E. Clarkston join me now. They co-author this new book. I’ll ask them about their work with seaweed, as well as seaweeds vital place in the ecosystem. Louis Druehl is professor emeritus at Simon Fraser University, where he taught and researched kelp for 36 years. He was instrumental in establishing the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. He lives in Bamfield, where he and his wife Rae Hopkins operate Canadian Kelp Resources Ltd. He is the author of a previous book Cedar, Salmon and Weed. Bridgette Clarkston is a seaweed biologist, educator and photographer. She teaches at California State University, Monterey Bay, and has taught at the University of British Columbia, and the University of New Brunswick. She is the author of A Field Guide to Seaweeds of the Pacific Northwest, published by Harbour Publishing, which publishes this book. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program in Bamfield, British Columbia, Louis Druehl; Dr. Druehl, good morning. And in Monterey Bay, California, Bridgette Clarkston; Dr. Clarkston, good morning.

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