News Stories

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

VIU's Canada Research Chair Focused on "Future Proofing" Shellfish

May 9, 2018

Dr. Timothy Green will be CRC Research Chair in Shellfish Health and Genomics Climate change is one of the biggest threats to shellfish populations and sustainable shellfish farming in Canada and worldwide. In British Columbia, ocean acidification caused by climate change is recognized as a key threat. That’s one reason why Dr. Timothy Green, Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) new Canada... Read more

VIU Press Launches First Book

March 16, 2018

Adjunct Professor Michael A. von Hausen pens Small is Big, a guide to revitalizing small- and mid-size downtowns Vancouver Island University (VIU) Press celebrated an important milestone this week with the launch of its first book. This special honour goes to Small is Big: Making the Next Great Small to Mid-Size Downtowns by Michael A. von Hausen, a leading Canadian urban designer and planner... Read more

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