Research

Dr. Lindsay McCunn

What is environmental psychology and why is it important?

July 12, 2024

Dr. Lindsay McCunn explains Did you know our physical environments can have a big impact on our health and well-being? Environmental psychologist Dr. Lindsay McCunn, a Vancouver Island University (VIU) Psychology Professor, studies how and why our environments impact individuals and what we can do... Read more


A forest fire

Experts on wildfire prep and water conservation 🔥

June 20, 2024

In this issue of VIU news & experts:  Surviving wildfire season Getting children outdoors and learning on the land Why talking about sex with your kids is important Diagnosing brain injury in victims of intimate partner violence Featured experts Getting wildfire ready The recent wildfire that... Read more


Mountain peaks covered in snow with a cloudy blue sky overhead.

New remote sensing technologies used to measure water from the province’s snowpack and glaciers

June 6, 2024

Hakai Cryosphere Node researchers are using LiDAR technology to measure snowpacks on a grander scale than was possible before. Researchers at the Hakai Cryosphere Node are revolutionizing the way we measure snow and are gaining a better understanding of how wildfires influence the melting of the... Read more


Dr. Sandy Shultz sitting at a desk in front of two computer screens and smiling at the camera.

New research centre focuses on quality of life improvements for people affected by trauma and mental health issues

May 22, 2024

The Centre for Trauma and Mental Health Research aims to address impacts of trauma, brain injury and mental health challenges. Improving quality of life for people affected by trauma and supporting brain health are two main goals of a new research centre at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Called... Read more


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Going beyond the bar: VIU students research Nanaimo’s culinary past

April 24, 2024

New exhibit tackling Nanaimo’s food histories now open at the Nanaimo Museum.­­ Beyond its famous, eponymous bar, Nanaimo’s culinary history is not widely renowned. A new museum exhibit created by two Vancouver Island University (VIU) History classes aims to alter that perception. During the Spring... Read more


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VIU News & Experts: April 4, 2024

April 4, 2024

Experts on solar eclipse, oral health and leadership 🗣️ In this issue of VIU news & experts:  How to take in the solar eclipse The importance of VIU's Dental Clinic to oral health in the community Decolonizing sexual education Happening Saturday: Trades & Tech Showcase and Vancouver Island... Read more


Three students look at a pamphlet in front of their CREATE research poster.

VIU students showcase their research projects during the CREATE conference

April 3, 2024

What: VIU CREATE Conference – a celebration of student scholarship, research and creative activity When: April 8 to 12, various times Where: VIU’s Nanaimo campus and online events More than 350 Vancouver Island University (VIU) students are presenting during CREATE 2024. The annual conference aims... Read more


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VIU Fulbright scholar advocates for decolonizing sexual education for healthy communities

March 25, 2024

Dr. Sara Vogel joins VIU as the 2024 Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair in Indigenous Studies. Dr. Sara Vogel believes sex education is vital for a healthy society but said people don’t have venues to talk about it or learn how to develop healthy sexual habits. Vogel is Vancouver Island... Read more


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5 Questions with Ajay Shrestha

March 19, 2024

Dr. Ajay Shrestha’s interest in computer science began at an early age as he saw firsthand the impact technology had on individuals and communities. Shrestha, a VIU Computer Science Professor, joined VIU in 2022 as a sessional instructor and became a full-time professor within the year. He is also... Read more


Biologist, Ally Badger, kneels in a river surrounded by rocks and water while collecting samples.

VIU researchers investigating origins of toxic tire chemical that can kill salmon

March 12, 2024

VIU research lab at the centre of a large-scale project to detect toxic chemical in Vancouver Island streams. As rain and atmospheric rivers fall on Vancouver Island the seasonal weather also brings the possibility of a toxic chemical entering urban streams from nearby roadways. Vehicle tires... Read more