News & events

Geographers take aim at grizzly-bear hunting ban

Researchers in UVic Geography's Applied Conservation Lab have strong opinions about loopholes in BC's recent grizzly bear hunting ban. "Let’s face it: Grizzlies are hunted for trophies. Grizzly hunters kill to feed their egos, not their families. Additionally, and despite pre-election rhetoric, the new government is missing an opportunity to craft policy that aligns with ethics and economics."

Geography PhD creates virtual environment for coastal planning project

Today, Rob Newell will walk across the convocation stage with his PhD in Geography, the final steps in a research project that involved a lot of virtual and real-world walking. For his research, Newell applied cutting-edge technology to develop a virtual reality experience that takes visitors on a tour of Sidney Spit park, over land and underwater, using visualization tools.

Alumnus launches software to assess earthquake risk in Greater Victoria

Last week, UVic Geography alumnus Ben Kerr launched an online tool that allows local home and business owners to predict the impact of an earthquake on their property. Kerr says, "The idea is to give people more information to use when they come up with family response plans and preparedness.” The software went live on Oct 19, just in time for the Great BC Shake Out, an annual event that raises awareness about earthquake safety.

Confederate memorials and the unjust geography of memory

Reuben Rose-Redwood co-authored an opinion piece for Atlantic's CityLab on the practice of naming streets after celebrated figures and what it can symbolize for different communities. He discusses the implications of renaming spaces and toppling monuments, pointing out that they often coincide during times of change in politics or societal values.

Arctic live dive to be Canadian first

Maeva Gauthier, incoming Geography PhD student and Fish Eye Project co-founder, hosted Canada's first live broadcast dive under the Arctic Ocean. The "live dive" was organized by Maeva and Fish Eye Project co-founder Mike Irvine in partnership with the UVic-led Ocean Networks Canada, the Canada C3 expedition, as well as Ocean Wise and Polar Knowledge Canada. The dive was streamed from the north dock in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut this past Sunday.

Ken Josephson receives Social Sciences Excellence award

Geography's Ken Josephson was recently celebrated at the Faculty of Social Sciences Excellence Awards for his work with connecting communities. He received the 2017 Meritorious Staff Contributions Award for his "enthusiasm, resourcefulness, and passionate commitment to the department and the Vancouver Island community."

Coffee cup sustainability: Geography student encourages alternative options

For a UVic Sustainability Project campaign, filmmmaker and geography student Levi Hildebrand took part in a video stunt that involved having dirty coffee cups dumped on him, with the aim of drawing attention to the number of paper coffee cups that are used on campus. CBC News interviewed Hildebrand and reported that the video has been viewed tens of thousands of times on several social media sites. Read the full article at CBC News.

Why men trophy hunt: 'Showing off' and the psychology of shame

Dr. Chris Darimont co-authored an opinion piece published today in the peer-reviewed journal Biology Letters that suggests modern-day trophy hunting is actually status-seeking behaviour that can be traced back to our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Los Angeles Times and the Huffington Post have picked up the story so far. Read the full articles at Los Angeles Times and Huffington Post.

1st term Fall 2017 exam period

Spring 2018 ITA and TA Conference

Duration: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: HHB 128

SEOS PhD Oral Examination: Rameses D'Souza

Duration: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: CLE B017

Spring 2018 ITA and TA Conference

Duration: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: HHB 128

Spring 2018 ITA and TA Conference

Duration: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: HHB 128

Effective presentations: Strategies for preparation and delivery (ITACC Series)

Duration: 2:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: HHB 128

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