Research

Sean Sloan faces the camera while standing in front of a canopy of trees.

VIU Canada Research Chair Developing Tools to Inform Forest Recovery Initiatives

June 15, 2021

Dr. Sean Sloan will build on expertise in the field of forest management, wildfire dynamics, and satellite Earth observation to develop a new understanding of the geography of forest recovery and burning, with applications for sustainable forest management.Vancouver Island... Read more


Genevieve van der Voort examines insect samples with a microscope.

VIU Undergraduate Student Publishes Research Paper in Peer-Reviewed Journal

June 9, 2021

Genevieve van der Voort was the lead author of the published research – a rare accomplishment for an undergraduate student.Genevieve van der Voort is graduating from Vancouver Island University (VIU) with a significant accomplishment under her belt – she is lead author on a research... Read more


Dr. Lindsay McCunn smiles at the viewer while wearing a grey blazer and shirt.

VIU Researcher Investigates Hospital Design Elements to Improve Employee Well-being

May 20, 2021

VIU researcher surveying Island Health employees working in Cowichan District Hospital to understand what physical architectural features make a difference in their work satisfaction and well-being. Vancouver Island University (VIU) Psychology Professor Dr. Lindsay McCunn is... Read more


Two women walking a trail at Milner Gardens

VIU’s Milner Gardens Marks 20 Years as a Public Garden

May 13, 2021

Donated to VIU 25 years ago, the property is home to a range of educational activities, community events and research projects.From programs that connect children to nature, to the magic of Christmas in the garden, to studying the effects of climate change on local plants, Vancouver... Read more


A student wearing a green dress stands in front of audience members and discusses their research during the 2019 CREATE Conference.

VIU Students Presenting Research and Creative Activity during CREATE Conference

April 8, 2021

WHAT: VIU virtual CREATE Conference – a celebration of student scholarship, research and creative activityWHEN:  April 12-15, 2021, various timesWHERE:  Sessions offered via Zoom and online galleries, see full schedule hereVancouver Island University’s (VIU’... Read more


Deep Bay

BC Government Announces Support for Development of a Food Hub at VIU's Deep Bay Marine Field Station

March 2, 2021

The BC government has announced support for the development of new food hubs to strengthen food security on the island, including a new Seafood Innovation Centre at VIU’s Deep Bay Marine Field Station.“We are thrilled to harness the potential of Deep Bay’s world-class research labs... 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... Read more


VIU Nursing Professor Receives Financial Support to Continue Resilience Research

VIU Nursing Professor Receives Financial Support to Continue Resilience Research

January 26, 2021

Support from BC’s health research funding agency will enable Dr. Shannon Dames to focus on further developing a resilience-focused, psychedelic-assisted mental health therapy program.  An innovative psychedelic medicine-assisted therapy and resilience training program... Read more


Grant funds prototype of resilience education video game.

Grant Funds Prototype of Resilience Education Video Game

January 14, 2021

VIU Professor Dr. Leigh Blaney receives $10,000 grant to develop Firefighter Edge, a video game that could help firefighters cope with stress and anxiety experienced on the job.Vancouver Island University (VIU) Health and Human Services (HHS) Professor Dr. Leigh Blaney is branching... 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... Read more