We conduct research in community ecology and conservation biology in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. We work in the field, conducting experiments and observational studies to explore long-term human impacts on communities of species in the Coast Mountains of southwestern British Columbia, and the bogs and forests of the Central Coast. Some of this is due to things like climate change, some from centuries of human occupation of the landscape. Much of the latter research is graciously funded by the Hakai Institute. We also do lab and field-based microcosm experiments to test ecological theory. Our main goals are to do interesting experimental and observational field work balanced with rigorous analysis of available datasets, to synthesize ecological science for policy and conservation, and to showcase the natural history of our field sites, like the species diversity of the Great Bear Rainforest on our Biodiversity of the Central Coast website.
The Biodiversity of the Central Coast website is now available as a free app! Download for Android and iPhone/iPad here.
We've also just created a clearinghouse of information on field school opportunities in BC. If you are interested in learning opportunities outside the classroom, have a look here: http://bcfieldschools.weebly.com/