The future of chocolate

Dr. Sophia Carodenuto (pictured on the left) has published new research about cocoa farming, deforestation, and what we can do about it. Since 2012, Carodenuto has been working with government agencies and cocoa farmers to identify options for improving the sustainability of cocoa in three West African countries, where roughly three quarters of the world’s cocoa is produced by an estimated two million cocoa farmers. Photo credit: Duncan Grumko.

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Getting to the bottom of underwater noise

Francis Juanes, Rosaline Canessa, and Stan Dosso study three aspects of underwater noise: how it impacts the ability of the southern residents to use echolocation for detecting prey and communicating with each other; how it affects the behaviour and physiology of chinook salmon; and how to improve current methods of measuring disturbances from marine vessel traffic and its impact on the whales.

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Geography co-op student of the year

Congratulations to Noah Snell, this year's Geography Co-op Student of the Year! Noah worked as a Human Resources Assistant with the Canadian Red Cross. As part of his co-op, he travelled to Grand Forks to assist with the emergency response to catastrophic floods. Click the button to learn more about exciting co-op placement opportunities.

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Dr. Maycira Costa is researching the spatiotemporal dynamics of the coastal ocean to reveal impacts on regional food webs and Pacific salmon habitat.


Understanding people and their environment

Geography is an integrative, environmental discipline that at its core asks how we impact, and are impacted by, the natural world. As an interdisciplinary field, we view problems from multiple perspectives, including physical science, social science and humanities approaches.

We're proud to be a community where disciplines intersect, generating unique insights in one of the most extraordinary environments world-wide.

Our students gain the specific set of tools needed to integrate information from the human and natural perspectives to solve new and complex challenges as they emerge, in the environment and in the world around us.

Want to understand how human-environment interactions impact the world? Looking for hands-on learning opportunities that bring theory to life? Find your edge in UVic's Department of Geography! 

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