Research

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


Dr. Spencer Russell works in the Centre for Innovation in Fish Health.

VIU Researchers Investigating Effects of Heat Waves on Marine Animals

December 8, 2020

Three VIU Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture researchers are leading an investigation on the effects of heat waves, due to climate change, on marine animals.Climate change is causing more extreme temperature events, such as heat waves, in marine environments. Researchers at Vancouver Island University (VIU) are studying how these changes are affecting the health of fish and shellfish thanks... Read more


Dr. Erik Krogn and Dr. Chris Gill stand beside each other in a wooded area

Researchers Developing "Game-Changing" Methods to Measure Contaminants

December 3, 2020

VIU acquiring first high-resolution mass spectrometry instrument of its kind in the central Vancouver Island region thanks to grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and BC Knowledge Development Fund.Vancouver Island University (VIU) researchers are striving for faster, better and more economical mass spectrometry methods to measure environmental and biological samples in the field to... Read more


Photo of Dr. Richard Lane, smiling with greenery behind him

Researchers Developing a Better User Interface for Historical Archive

December 2, 2020

VIU researchers are mapping historical data contained in the Canadian Letters and Images Project and creating a sophisticated interface so scholars, students and the public can gain better access to information contained in the archive.Researchers at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) MeTA Digital Humanities Lab are using advanced computer software to help map large quantities of historical... Read more


Gender and History VIU

Women’s History Month: Healing and Caring

October 28, 2020

Vancouver Island University researchers are shining a spotlight on the ways in which gender has played a consistent role in determining what forms of healing and caring are recognized, institutionalized and rewarded.VIU’s Dr. Cheryl Krasnick Warsh, Dr. Cathryn Spence, Dr. Katharine Rollwagen and Dr. Whitney Wood worked with Dr. Kristin Burnett from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario; Dr... 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


Vancouver Island University faculty members are researching the social impacts of coronavirus.

VIU Provides Special Funding for COVID-19 Research Projects

July 6, 2020

The University’s Research Award Committee funds nine faculty coronavirus projects for a total of $40,782.Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Research Award Committee is supporting nine COVID-19 research projects that will help gain a better understanding of the virus’s impact on society and how to improve responses for potential future pandemics.The pandemic has impacted every sector of society... Read more


VIU Research Supports Health-Care Professionals Suffering From Emotional Distress

Supporting Health-Care Professionals Suffering From Emotional Distress

June 12, 2020

VIU professor receives federal government grant to aid in the development of an innovative psychedelic medicine-assisted therapy program for the treatment of mental health issues experienced by first responders.A Vancouver Island University (VIU) Nursing professor developing a psychedelic medicine-assisted therapy and resilience training program has received a sizeable federal government grant.... Read more


Gender Symposium Shines Light on the History of Healing and Caring

June 11, 2020

VIU researchers received a $19,050 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Connection Grant to host symposium.Vancouver Island University (VIU) researchers are shining a spotlight on the ways in which gender has played a consistent role in determining what forms of healing and caring are recognized, institutionalized and rewarded.VIU’s Dr. Cheryl Krasnick Warsh, Dr. Cathryn Spence, Dr.... Read more