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Dr. Rachael Scarth

Dr. Rachael Scarth

Associate Vice-President Research Operations



The Associate Vice-President Research Operations (AVPRO) supports the Vice-President Research and Innovation (VPRI) to promote and facilitate research at UVic. The AVPRO and the Associate Vice-President Research work with the VPRI on strategic planning and policy development for research at UVic.

The AVPRO leads research operational planning, risk management and research facilities support. They have oversight of internal research processes and regulations. They coordinate with academic administration to ensure research service delivery through the Office of Research Services (ORS). The ORS provides information and advice about research opportunities. They also support faculty as they develop research proposals and obtain regulatory approvals.


Dr. Rachael Scarth received her doctorate from the University of Cambridge in plant breeding and genetics in 1981. After a post-doctoral fellowship with Agriculture Canada, Dr. Scarth joined the canola breeding program at the Department of Plant Science at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Scarth is the co-developer of over 30 canola and rapeseed cultivars with special oil quality traits. These include the world’s first canola cultivar with low linolenic oil quality. She has a career total of over 60 publications. She received an honorary life membership from the Manitoba Seed Growers Association and the Canadian Seed Growers Association.

From 2001-2005, Dr. Scarth served as the Associate Dean Research for the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. In this role, she was responsible for the administration of the faculty’s research programs.

Dr. Scarth joined UVic as the Director of the Office of Research Services in 2006. She was appointed to the AVPRO position in 2011.