Researcher Profile

Louis A. Hobson

Job Title: Professor
Employer: University of Victoria
Place of Birth: Ralston, Oklahoma, USA
Public School attended: Woodrow Wilson Elementary, Harry Ells Junior High, Richmond, CA.
High School attended: Richmond Union High School, Richmond, CA
Further Education: Humboldt State College, Arcata, CA (B.Sc.), University of Washington, Seattle, WA (M.Sc., Ph.D.), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hold, MA (P.D.F.).
Geographic focus of research: Northeastern Pacific Ocean, Strait of Georgia, North & South Atlantic, Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, South Pacific Ocean

Brief synopsis of current research:
Environmental conditions leading to excystment of resting stages of marine protistan plankton resident in sediments of Saanich Inlet, a fjord in Vancouver Island. Rates of grazing by protistan herbivores on protistan autotrophs in coastal, marine waters.

Mailing address:
Department of Biology/School of Earth & Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria

Recent Publications:

Hobson, L.A. & M.R. McQuoid. In Press. Pelagic diatom assemblages are good indicators of mixed water intrusions into Saanich Inlet, a stratified fjord in Vancouver Island. Marine Geology.

McQuoid, M.R. & L.A. Hobson. In Press. A Holocene record of diatom and silicoflagellate microfossils in sediments of Saanich Inlet, ODP Leg 169S. Marine Geology.

McQuoid, M.R. & L.A. Hobson. 1998. Assessment of palaeoenvironmental conditions on southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, using the marine tychoplankter "Paralia sulcata". Diatom Research, 13:311-321.

Hobson, L.A. & M.R. McQuoid. 1997. Temporal variations among planktonic diatom assemblages in a turbulent environment of the southern Strait of Georgia, British Columbia, Canada. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 150:263-274.

McQuoid, M.R. and L.A. Hobson. 1997. A 91-year record of seasonal and interannual variability of diatoms from laminated sediments in Saanich Inlet, British Columbia. Journal of Plankton Research, 19:173-194.

I became fascinated by planktonic diatoms and their cellular architecture while taking a first-year course in invertebrate zoology during my second year of college. I continue to be fascinated by all aspects of their biology/ecology and hope to continue studying them long after I retire from teaching.