Valentin Schaefer

Valentin Schaefer
Emeritus Director: Restoration of Natural Systems
Environmental Studies

PhD (Ecology) 1979, Simon Fraser University

Val is a biologist and ecologist by training who has developed unique expertise in the emerging field of Urban Ecology. He is a founder and former Executive Director of the Institute of Urban Ecology at Douglas College in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.

Val was Director of the Restoration of Natural Systems Program at the University of Victoria from 2005 - 2019.

Val is a leading proponent of urban ecology and urban biodiversity who has written extensively and presented internationally on these topics. He is also an environmental educator who has conducted numerous community projects promoting nature in the city.


  • ER 312A: Field Study in Ecological Restoration
  • ER 311/ES 341: Principles and Concepts of Ecological Restoration
  • ER 325: Ecosystems of British Columbia, Canada and the World
  • ER 331: Urban Restoration and Sustainable Agricultural Systems
  • ER 390: Selected Project

Faces of UVic Research video

Learn more about Dr. Val Schaefer's research here.