Maycira Costa

Citizen scientists get on board for research

Passengers on BC Ferries this summer have an exciting opportunity to help scientists better understand ocean health and declining salmon populations in the Salish Sea. “This type of crowdsourcing is very useful to scientists,” says UVic geographer and FOCOS (ferry ocean colour observation system) project lead Maycira Costa.


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Photo by Dillon von Petzinger

UVic cave expert named 2016 National Geographic Emerging Explorer

Exploring the meaning behind the geometric symbols on cave walls launched the research career of UVic, PhD candidate in anthropology, Genevieve von Petzinger and won her recognition with a 2016 National Geographic Emerging Explorer award.

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photo credit: Bethany Coulthard

Tree ring data points to worst drought in centuries

New research by Bethany Coulthard of UVic’s Tree Ring Laboratory shows that in the coming decades BC is very likely to be hit by the worst drought it's seen in past 350 years.

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photo credit: Amy Hartzenberg 2011

New app for BC central coastal species

A new app developed by UVic researchers to identify over 700 species in the Great Bear Rainforest will help deepen our appreciation of the biodiversity along BC's central coast. (photo credit: Amy Hartzenberg)

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David Atkinson

Weather watchers

A UVic geographer helps northern residents prepare for the impact of Arctic storms. "I look for the link between weather events and people and then provide solutions that help them conduct their way of life."

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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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Be the change

We are pleased that you are interested in learning more about the faculty and the seven different social sciences disciplines that examine all aspects of our society and the world we live in.

  • If you're curious about the world around you, there's a social science you can master.
  • If sustainability strikes you as important, there's a research project you can create.
  • If you like contributing to communities, there are opportunities to study and work in the most remote corners of the world.
Whether you are a prospective student, one of our alumni, one of our supporters, or you just want to know more about us, I look forward to the opportunity one day to meet you and to welcome you as a member of our community. —Catherine Krull, Dean