Kristina Barclay

Kristina wearing a hat, jacket, and holding a crab while smiling.Kristina is a palaeoecologist and marine ecologist specializing in predation, ocean acidification, and marine invertebrates like crabs, snails, and clams. Her research focuses on the intersections between marine ecology, archaeology, and palaeontology to make connections between the past, present, and possible future. She primarily studies how marine invertebrates and their interactions are impacted by climate change and human activities. As a result, Kristina spends as much time working with live animals as ancient ones! She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Alberta in 2020 where she studied the impacts of ocean acidification and human activities on predator-prey relationships between crabs and snails. She also did her Master’s degree on the relationships between Devonian brachiopods and their encrusting organisms. Kristina is currently a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Victoria where she is investigating the health of British Columbia’s crab populations since prehuman times. She was also previously a postdoc at the University of Calgary, where she served as Canada’s Ocean Acidification Community of Practice Coordinator (funded by MEOPAR). Kristina is passionate about science education and public outreach, and has spent several years working in museums and science centres. Outside of work, Kristina likes to go biking, hiking, and tidepooling, and volunteers for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

Current Affiliation: Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Victoria, Departments of Biology and Anthropology


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