Darcy Mathews

Darcy Mathews
Assistant Professor
Environmental Studies

PhD (UVic)

Office: DTB A141

I am an ethnoecologist and archaeologist. I work in collaboration with First Nations communities to understand the deep history of social and ecological relationships between past peoples and their environments.

My research is multi-disciplinary and collaborative, bolstered by indigenous experts in traditional knowledge, other archaeologists, ecologists, geographers, ethnobotanists, and other specialists. It is through these and other methodological and theoretical approaches that I approach how people, plants, animals, and places have interacted with one another in myriad ways through time.

In concert with the Hakai Institute and the Heiltsuk Nation, for example, we are working to understand the landscape-scale management of intertidal resources on the Central Coast over the past 5000 years. This includes practices such as building clam gardens, estuarine fish traps and root gardens.

I am also partners with the Songhees Nation, working together to understand the deep human and ecological history of Chatham and Discovery Islands. These ancient records are a legacy of Indigenous inhabitation and management of coastal environments which continue to inform the present-day and future meaning and use of these ancestral places.


  • ES 321: Ethnoecology
  • ES 481: Field Methods in Ethnoecology