Current Research

Faculty and students of the School of Environmental Studies are active in many different areas of research, most of which is interdisciplinary, spanning topics in sciences, social sciences, and humanities, reaching into history, and projecting into the future.

Our research takes us out onto the lands and waters, and into local communities and urban areas all across Canada, with some of our work being international in scope.

Much of our work is collaborative, and is undertaken in teams, together with others at UVic, at other universities, from various government departments, NGOs, First Nations, and other local communities. The breadth of our research is reflected in our numerous publications, conference presentations, research grants, and awards that we receive for our work.

We are truly at the forefront of achieving a better understanding of our environment and the place of humans within it.

Ban Research Group

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  • Our research is focused on coastal and marine conservation and social-ecological systems.
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Dempsey Research Group

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  • Geopolitics of biodiversity conservation.
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Higgs Research Group

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  • Landscape ecology, ecological restoration, and social perspectives on the mountainous landscapes of western Canada.
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Lantz Research Group

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  • Arctic Landscape Ecology Lab. We work at multiple scales to understand environmental change in the western Arctic. 
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M'Gonigle Research Group

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  • Cross appointed with Law. Political economy, activism and the environment.
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Rowe Research Group

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  • Political theory, social movement histories/futures, and ecological political economy. 
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Schaefer Research Group

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  • Faculty Coordinator of the Restoration of Natural Systems program. 
  • Urban ecology and ecological restoration. 
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Shaw Research Group

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  • Investigates how contemporary environmental challenges reshape political space and discourse.
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Starzomski Research Group

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  • We conduct research in community ecology, restoration ecology, and conservation biology.
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Taylor Research Group

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  • Our research utilizes an integral systems approach to issues of sustainability and change processes. 
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Turner Research Group

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  • The intersection between people, plants and environments in collaboration with BC Indigenous knowledge holders. 

Volpe Research Group

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  • We provide a rigorous and objective evaluation of the environmental performance of marine aquaculture globally.
  • Ecological and social sustainability in marine-based food production systems
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Wickwire Research Group

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  • Cross appointed with History. Early ethnohistory, especially oral Aboriginal and environmental history in BC and Northwestern North America. 
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