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Plastic Ocean

January 8, 2018

By Rachel Stern Scientists don't fully understand the impacts of microplastics on ecosystems, and VIU faculty and students are on the cutting edge of research on the issue.   A rising tide of plastics are floating in the world’s waterways and amongst the debris is a hidden pollutant — microplastics. Microplastics are smaller than five millimetres, but most are indiscernible to the human... Read more


Introducing the Mass Specmobile

January 8, 2018

By Jenn McGarrigle   Is there something strange in your neighbourhood’s air or water? VIU’s Applied Environmental Research Labs is developing new technologies that could revolutionize how we figure out what’s going on in our environment.   Thanks to a $1-million investment from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and BC Knowledge Development Fund, VIU scientists are developing new... Read more


International Biosphere Research Journal Launched by VIU

January 8, 2018

Biosphere reserves are the subject of research around the world, yet the field of study didn’t have an academic journal dedicated specifically to biosphere research. That is, not until recently, when VIU faculty and staff stepped up and created an online academic journal — the International UNESCO Journal of Biosphere Reserves. “There are 669 designated biosphere reserves located in 120... Read more


VIU Scientists Earn Grants for Ground-breaking Research

January 8, 2018

Grant funding is helping Dr. Erik Krogh and Dr. Chris Gill push boundaries and develop new scientific approaches in environmental chemistry and analytical mass spectrometry.  The VIU Chemistry Profs were awarded two Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Discovery Grant awards totalling $250,000, which will be distributed over five years to support... Read more


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