Your research

By analyzing the chemistry of stars of different ages, astronomer Kim Venn (right) is learning more about how the universe formed and evolved—helping to answer the question of how we came into being.

UVic’s Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) manages the world’s most advanced cabled ocean observatories off BC and in the Arctic, providing data to support decisions on marine and public safety, biodiversity and ocean change.

World-renowned ethnobotanist Nancy Turner works with First Nations communities—especially those on BC’s central coast—to document and promote their traditional knowledge of plants, including foods and medicines.

Biochemists Terry Pearson (pictured) and Washington DC-based Leigh Anderson, along with their start-up company SISCAPA Assay Technologies Inc., have developed a way to measure more than 25 different biomarkers at once in just one drop of blood

Environmental studies professor Ana Maria Peredo explores alternative economies and their impact on the social and environmental aspects of communities.

Francis Zwiers, an international expert on climate variability and change, leads the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, which promotes collaborative research on climate change impacts in the Pacific Northwest.

Mechanical engineer Yang Shi is one of the world’s most cited experts on the long-distance control of machines and electrical systems, also known as networked control systems.

Anthropologist April Nowell studies tool use and diet among our Stone Age ancestors.

Find your own place

UVic is recognized as a research leader in Canada and around the world. We're home to faculty experts and researchers in diverse fields. As part of an institution that values creativity and critical inquiry as an avenue to innovation, you have the opportunity to find your own place and follow your passions. Investigate what we have to offer.

You can also learn more about conducting your research.

Research right now

At UVic, we're exploring ways to build healthier societies, to foster cultural knowledge and traditions and to put our values into practice at home and abroad. We are tackling the challenging issues—from cancer cells and fuel cells to climate change and cultural change. See what we are up to in research right now.

Areas of research strength

While our research influence is broad, UVic is internationally recognized for some key areas of research strength. Explore these in detail below.

Co-operative education, careers and research opportunities

UVic is the largest provider of graduate co-operative education (co-op) in Canada. Join co-op and you’ll alternate academic terms with paid work terms in your field. You’ll graduate with hands-on experience, plus you’ll earn a salary to help fund your tuition.

A co-op work term can also be a great way to make progress on your research. Find a position that relates to your final project, thesis or dissertation. Explore opportunities to work in research roles on campus. Participation may be optional or mandatory so check with your academic unit for details.

Visit Co-operative Education Program and Career Services to learn more about co-op and to plan your career pathway.

UVic’s expertise database

Use the expertise database to learn more about UVic’s areas of research strength and the faculty members and researchers already here.


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