Research

An aerial photo of the Nanaimo tramway.

VIU students create community exhibit at Nanaimo Museum

June 15, 2022

Exhibit, which explores the history behind some of city’s more unusual street names, runs until June 25.Nanaimo is home to many streets with less-than-common names, such as Dingle Bingle Hill Road and Bergen Op Zoom Drive. Between January and April, students in two upper-level... Read more


Terri Doughty, a VIU English Professor, smiles while standing in front of a rhododendron plant.

VIU hosts conference on the environment and young people’s literature and culture

June 1, 2022

The Assembling Common Worlds conference, held at VIU’s Nanaimo campus from June 10 to 12, will explore concepts of the human relationship with nature in youth culture.Vancouver Island University (VIU) is hosting a conference from June 10 to 12 that will help broaden the... Read more


Mandy Hobkirk uses her phone to take photos of pink flowers.

Citizen Scientists Asked to Look for Plants and Animals during Annual MABR BioBlitz

April 1, 2022

Event participants can make observations anywhere within the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region, whether that’s in their backyard or a community park.People can channel their inner scientist by participating in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region’s (MABR’s) annual BioBlitz... Read more


Three students examine a research poster at CREATE.

VIU’s CREATE Conference Showcases Student Research and Creative Activity

March 30, 2022

WHAT: VIU CREATE Conference – a celebration of student scholarship, research and creative activityWHEN: April 4-8, 2022, various timesWHERE: VIU’s Nanaimo campus, virtual sessions via Zoom and online exhibitsNanaimo, BC: Vancouver Island University (VIU) students are... Read more


Sandy Shultz

VIU Welcomes Award-winning Researcher and Neuroscientist

March 8, 2022

Dr. Sandy Shultz has received a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award to continue his research at VIU.Improving treatment for people with traumatic brain injuries is the focus of an award-winning researcher joining Vancouver Island University (VIU) this year.Dr... Read more


A beach in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere.

Open House Showcases Research Initiatives in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere

March 7, 2022

WHAT: Regional Research, Stewardship and Citizen Science Open HouseWHEN: Wednesday, March 16, 2-8 pmWHERE: Qualicum Beach Civic CentreAnyone curious about research and community stewardship activities happening in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region (MABR) and... Read more


Misha Zvekic stands in a garden at VIU's Nanaimo campus.

Microplastics Exposed to Sunlight Can Change their Behaviour in the Environment

March 1, 2022

VIU alum Misha Zvekic’s research on microplastics and the effects of exposure to light was recently published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.Microplastics are everywhere – in the oceans, rivers and the air you breathe – and are being ingested by various animals and other... Read more


Emmerson Pollard

VIU Psychology Student Researching Stress, Resilience in Romantic Relationships of Firefighters

February 28, 2022

Emmerson Pollard is investigating how romantic relationships impact firefighters’ ability to cope with stress.Whether it’s work-related stress, a family issue, financial worries or an unexpected challenge, all romantic relationships have their ups and downs.And while much has been... Read more


Kimberley Barrett wears a white lab coat and stands in a research lab.

Vancouver Island Marmot Breeding Program is Preserving the Genetic Diversity of the Species

February 24, 2022

VIU alum Kimberley Barrett publishes a research paper in an esteemed international journal that promotes conservation of biodiversity.The Vancouver Island marmot is one of Canada’s most endangered mammals and a captive breeding program was started in the late 1990s to help prevent... Read more


Dr. Chris Gill stands in a forested area at VIU's Nanaimo campus.

VIU Researcher Developing Precise Chemical Tests Requiring Minutes Instead of Hours

February 23, 2022

Chemistry Professor Dr. Chris Gill receives a $240,000 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada grant to pursue research.For two decades, Dr. Chris Gill and his research team have been revolutionizing scientific methods using direct mass spectrometry – an... Read more