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Students and a professor at VIU hold models of molecules in their hands.

VIU Researcher Investigating Impact of Plastic Pollution on Deep-Sea Organisms

October 13, 2021

Chemistry professor Dr. Heather Wiebe is pursuing her research with the help of a $120,000 NSERC Discovery Grant.Plastic pollution is reaching the deepest depths of the ocean and the impact of these contaminants on marine life that live in these high-pressure environments is unknown.Dr. Heather Wiebe, a VIU Chemistry Professor, is investigating the ability of deep-sea organisms to... Read more


Sara Guzman stands in front of a building, wearing an orange sweater.

Alum of the Month: Sara Guzman

September 15, 2021

Sara Guzman has always been fascinated by tiny things you can’t see with the naked eye, from microbes to chemical reactions in cells. It’s the reason Guzman knew she wanted a science career.Her parents encouraged her to pursue higher education. Guzman, originally from Bogota, Colombia, decided to attend university abroad and selected Vancouver Island University (VIU). She graduated from VIU in... Read more


VIU students examine a scallop held by Provan Crump, from Coastal Shellfish Ltd.

VIU Program Focuses on the Future of Food Security Through Aquaculture

March 24, 2021

VIU’s new, unique aquaculture minor program allows students to combine it with either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree and prepares them for careers in the growing field of aquaculture.People with a passion for creating food security solutions and advancing knowledge for sustainable and earth-friendly food production can now enroll in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) new... Read more


A wolverine stands on a pale grey rock in the wilderness.

Scholarly Article Sheds Light on Whether Island Wolverines are a Distinct Subspecies

February 4, 2021

Through DNA analysis, VIU researchers determined that Vancouver Island wolverines are not a distinct subspecies from those found on the mainland in North America.Scientists and conservationists have been questioning for decades whether wolverines on Vancouver Island are a distinct subspecies from those found on the mainland in North America.The answer to this question is critical because... Read more


A Canada Lynx in the forest

VIU Researchers Examining Genetics of Canada Lynx

December 14, 2020

Data could help governments and wildlife conservation groups understand how climate change might impact the life cycles of the Canada lynx and other species in the boreal forest.The lynx-hare predator-prey cycle that has existed for thousands of years in North America is increasingly under threat from climate change.“The lynx are specialist predators that rely almost exclusively on snowshoe hare... Read more


VIU Forestry Professor Bill Beese stands in front of trees.

Fires are "Just the Tip of the Iceberg" of Climate Change's Impact on Forests

October 5, 2020

EXPERT COMMENTARY: As wildfires continue to rage across parts of Western Canada and the United States, we were curious about some of the other impacts climate change is having on forests and what forest management tools are being taught in classrooms today to address these issues. Bill Beese, a VIU Forestry Professor and Forest Ecologist, shares some insights.The catastrophic wildfires... Read more


:  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. Dan Baker a VIU Fisheries and Aquaculture Professor, examines some of the produce growing in the aquaponics greenhouse.

Students Learn about Sustainable Food Production at Aquaculture Greenhouse

July 2, 2020

VIU Fisheries and Aquaculture students learning in the aquaponics greenhouse gain knowledge about economic, environmental and socially sustainable food production.A state-of-the-art greenhouse at Vancouver Island University (VIU) is giving students hands-on experiences while they learn about the environmentally sustainable method of growing food through aquaponics.Aquaponics is a local, organic... Read more


Air Quality Improves Across the Province During the COVID-19 Crisis

May 26, 2020

Vancouver Island University (VIU) student researchers see a dramatic decrease in air pollution levels due to reduced car and plane traffic.Restrictions imposed to help save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic have led to less people driving and flying, which has created a rare opportunity for Vancouver Island University (VIU) researchers and students to study the impacts of automobile and plane... Read more