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Brian Starzomski

Brian Starzomski - Environmental Studies

Ian McTaggart Cowan Professor

Environmental Studies

Office: B225 250-853-3564
PhD (Zoology) 2006, University of British Columbia
Area of expertise:
Biodiversity, conservation biology, community ecology, ecological legacies, protected areas, community science, restoration ecology.

Office Hours

By appointment only.

About Brian Starzomski

Broadly trained as a community ecologist and conservation biologist, Brian’s research examines biodiversity structure and dynamics, and seeks to link theory and empirical approaches. Basically he looks at where species are and tries to explain why they’re there.

Recent and current projects have been focused in British Columbia, looking at how human use of nature impacts biodiversity, whether over decades or millennia, or how marine-terrestrial interactions structure island food webs. A large component of his work uses community science approaches to inventory biodiversity across Canada, including in BC Parks), often with endangered and threatened species. Some new and old work is still focused on the insects and plants of Costa Rica. Brian doesn't have an organismal bias to his research, and he is comfortable working across the taxonomic spectrum, from insects to plants to birds.

For more information see his website, Google Scholar profile, iNaturalist, and the BC Biodiversity program website

Accepting Grad Students?

 Brian is accepting graduate students.


Please see Brian's Google Scholar listing for details on publications.