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:  From left, Scott Britney, Dr. Mercedes Hernandez, Nicolen Johnson and Andre Gauvin have been conducting antibiotic-resistant gene research to determine how common they are in urban environments. (Please note that this photo was taken prior to the COVID

Biology Professor Investigating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Genes in Nanaimo Region

September 1, 2020

VIU’s Dr. Mercedes Hernandez is researching how common antibiotic-resistant genes are among bacteria from urban environments. Antibiotic resistance in bacteria is a worldwide problem and where previously these bacteria were more commonly found in hospitals, now they can be found in everything from the food we consume to the soil beneath our feet, says Dr. Mercedes Hernandez, a Vancouver... Read more


Dr. Jasmine Janes, a VIU Biology Professor, is researching bog orchids and trying to determine how and why they are hybridizing in the wild.

VIU Researcher Investigates Eco-Evolutionary Process of Bog Orchids

August 11, 2020

VIU Biology Professor Jasmine Janes has received a Discovery Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to help her research bog orchid hybridization.Bog orchids are hybridizing naturally in the wild even though there are multiple barriers that should prevent this process from occurring, says Jasmine Janes, a Vancouver Island University (VIU) Biology Professor, who... Read more


Dr. Jasmine Janes, a VIU Biology Professor, examines some of the insect specimens at the VIU Museum of Natural History.

VIU Biology Professor Pens Paper About Insect Apocalypse Myth

January 9, 2020

Scientific paper sheds light on the damage sensationalist language can have on public opinion and conservation efforts of insect populations.Insectageddon. The insect apocalypse. A global crisis of insect extinction. These sensationalist words and phrases used in media coverage can lead to public apathy and hinder conservation efforts and research about insect populations worldwide, says Dr.... Read more


Larissa Richards

Women of STEM

September 18, 2019

The white lab coat and plastic eye protection glasses may not have changed in the past two or three decades, but who is wearing them has. The number of women entering science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers has increased in recent years, but not enough. What needs to be done to ensure the increasing number of women accessing STEM education translates into more gender... Read more


Lainy Nowak, Master of Community Planning

The Class of 2019

September 17, 2019

The future is full of infinite possibilities for the more than 1,200 Vancouver Island University graduates who crossed the stage this year. Fuelled by their passions and equipped to excel in their fields thanks to hands-on learning opportunities and the support they received during their time at VIU, grads are ready to take on new challenges and opportunities in their chosen career paths. Three... Read more


Kimberley Barrett, VIU Bachelor of Science - Biology graduate

VIU Biology Graduate Sets her Sights on Protecting the Environment

May 27, 2019

Inspired by the environmental research she was able to participate in at VIU Kimberley Barrett is excited to enter into the world of research following graduation. ­­ Biology graduate Kimberley Barrett isn’t going to medical school like she originally planned five years ago when she first started her degree at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Partway into her journey she discovered helping... Read more


VIU Alum of the Month: Annie Hepp

Alum of the month: Annie Hepp

February 19, 2019

It may take Vancouver Island University (VIU) Biology graduate Annie Hepp a little while to get used to living and working in one of the largest southern United States, where she has landed a position with Texas Parks & Wildlife.  “Living in Texas has definitely changed the way I view long distances and road trips! “We have six regions in Texas State Parks and I cover Central Texas to... Read more


Coastal Communities Buoyed by New Fish-Health Lab

January 14, 2019

Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training News Release Communities dependent on fisheries are getting help in protecting British Columbia's fish stocks through the new, provincially funded Centre for Innovation in Fish Health at Vancouver Island University (VIU). “Our coastal communities depend on healthy fish stocks for their economic, social and spiritual well-being. For too long... Read more


VIU Professor Receives NSERC Discovery Grant for Endangered Species Research

October 9, 2018

What consequences are there to a species when it is on the brink of extinction, then re-populated through captive breeding? This question is one Vancouver Island University (VIU) Biology Professor Dr. Jamie Gorrell is at the forefront of discovering an answer to through his research with the Island marmot population.    “By studying the success of reintroductions we will learn how... Read more


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