Ian Walker

New study warns of double whammy of weather along BC coast

A new study co-authored by UVic’s Ian Walker points to possibilities of severe flooding and erosion with El Nino and La Nina weather systems. (Photo: Walker on Calvert Island. Credit: D. Shugar, 2014, Hakai Institute)

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wolf in Bella Bella

Science confirms two distinct wolf types in BC

New research co-authored by a University of Victoria wildlife scientist provides genetic evidence that BC’s mainland wolves and coastal wolves appear to be genetically distinct.

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nancy turner

UVic ethnobotanist earns national fellowship

UVic ethnobotanist and Hakai Research Chair in Ethnoecology Nancy Turner is the fourth UVic professor to be honoured with this prestigious national fellowship. As a 2015 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow, she is recognized for her research on the crucial role plants play in Indigenous cultures and languages.

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Are humans unsustainable 'super predators'?

A UVic study shows how extreme human predatory behavior is responsible for widespread wildlife extinctions, shrinking fish sizes and disruptions to global food chains.

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Galiano Island field school breathes new life into learning

“The highlight of the field school for me was the hands-on learning and knowing that the project we worked on was being used for actual research for ongoing projects.” (course: ES 441, School of Environmental Studies)

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Leslie Butt

Study on transnational migration focuses on statelessness

A new study on the impacts of migration on children in Indonesia points to simple solutions with great impact. Two UVic researchers, with an Australian collaborator, conducted this community-engage research.

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