New field school will travel to Tanzania

New in 2019, the Tanzania Field School, led by Dr. Philip Dearden and Dr. Bruce Downie, will take students halfway across the globe to learn about conservation and development in predominantly rural environments through engagement with local peoples and conservation organizations. Applications now open! Photo: Phil Dearden

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Our students are active in the community and on campus, making a difference in the world around them. 

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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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Our campus is a living classroom—with field schools and lots of opportunities for hands-on learning, you'll never get stuck at your desk.

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Geography field study courses foster experiential learning and other ways of knowing, both locally and around the globe.

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Get paid to learn with incredible co-op placement opportunities, like Kyle, who worked as an Ecological Monitoring Technician in Waterton Lakes National Park.

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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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