Darimont, Christopher

Hakai-Raincoast Conservation Scholar


Phone number: (250) 853-3287
Email: darimont@uvic.ca
Department: Geography

Research description:

Research Description

Chris Darimont is an interdisciplinary conservation scientist who applies natural and social science tools to confront conservation problems that are both conceptually interesting and acutely applied. Although Chris and his fledgling lab group have broad scholarly interests, they maintain three primary research domains: i) landscape ecology at the marine-terrestrial interface, ii) conservation biology of harvest management, and iii) conservation ethics.

Expertise Profile

The wildlife and people of the central coast of British Columbia – an area popularly known as the Great Bear Rainforest – comprise a study system of particular interest. While this geographic focus invokes a strong sense of place, the research is designed to have a global reach.
Chris’ interdisciplinary roots can be traced to broad training and a wide network of collaborators. After earning a PhD in Evolution and Ecology from the University of Victoria, his postdoctoral work took him to the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a large group of research partners conservation leaders from First Nations communities of coastal British Columbia. He maintains these important relationships, which guide his research interests. Although many conceive these collaborations as opportunities to develop the capacity of First Nations, Chris views them as prospects to develop his own capacity as an applied scholar. Finally, much of Dr. Darimont’s development can be traced to his long-term affiliation with the science-based eNGO Raincoast Conservation Foundation, having served as its Director of Science.

This background has cultivated in Chris a sense of responsibility to engage in outreach. His work is commonly featured in high-profile media (e.g., National Geographic television, New York Times).

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Countries lived or worked in:

US, Mexico

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