Post-secondary Partnership Showcases Research

July 27, 2016

A new partnership between Vancouver Island University (VIU) and Royal Roads University (RRU) will increase public access to student and faculty research. Library staff at the two universities will collaborate on a three-year pilot initiative to share an online institutional research repository. RRU University Librarian Rosie Croft says the similar applied research mandate of both institutions... Read more

3,000 Shellfish Tagged as VIU and UVic Students Launch Microplastics Study

July 15, 2016

VIU’s Deep Bay Marine Field Station is ground zero for a research project designed to monitor shellfish for microplastic contamination  With the help of five Vancouver Island University (VIU) student researchers, Garth Covernton, a University of Victoria (UVic) master’s student, and his team waded into the ocean at three different spots along Vancouver Island’s coastline to collect more than 2,... Read more

Where is Here? Symposium to Wrap-up VIU Cultural Mapping Project

July 12, 2016

Public invited to celebrate with VIU community and keynote speakers, July 20-22   When Vancouver Island University (VIU) student researchers and faculty first launched a community mapping project called ‘Where is Here?’ in February 2016, they recognized they were heading into uncharted territory. What started as an idea about digitally mapping cultural stories, led to nine VIU students and three... Read more

200 Canada Geese in Nanaimo get Collars Thanks to VIU Student

July 6, 2016

VIU biology student is asking the public to report goose sightings on a website as part of his undergraduate research project.   With the help of an intrepid group of volunteers and the City of Nanaimo, Vancouver Island University (VIU) biology student Stew Pearce was able to successfully collar and band 200 Canada Geese as part of an undergraduate research project to evaluate their abundance,... Read more

VIU Scientists Awarded Two NSERC Grants Totalling $250,000 to Support Ground-breaking Research

June 23, 2016

VIU Drs. Erik Krogh and Chris Gill launch two research programs after being awarded NSERC Discovery Grants Vancouver Island University (VIU) Chemistry professors Dr. Erik Krogh and Dr. Chris Gill are celebrating the announcement of two Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grant awards totaling $250,000 that will allow them to make significant contributions... Read more

VIU Students and Regional Citizens Take Course to Become LakeKeepers

May 19, 2016

MABRRI hosts LakeKeepers course to promote lake stewardship and monitoring After a tough year at university most students look forward to a summer free of exams and assignments. But for six Vancouver Island University (VIU) student researchers, rest and relaxation will have to wait. Together with VIU geography professor Dr. Matt Bowes and support from VIU’s Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region... Read more

Couch Stone Symposium Brings Social Engagement Experts to VIU

May 5, 2016

VIU’s faculty and students host international conference exploring media manipulation, hauntings and the penal system Vancouver Island University (VIU) Social Sciences and Master of Community Planning faculty and students recently presented at a three day symposium held at VIU’s Nanaimo campus alongside internationally renowned experts. The topics covered a wide range of areas within Social... Read more

Milner Gardens BioBlitzed by VIU's MABRRI

April 25, 2016

Weekend BioBlitz engages community to build long-term species database More than 80 people scoured the grounds at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Milner Gardens and Woodlands to record as many species as possible during the first annual Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region BioBlitz. The goal was to create a database that, over time, will provide useful baseline information that researchers can... Read more

Student Research Wows Crowds at VIU

April 21, 2016

More than 100 student researchers put their work on display for CREATE The crowds moved through the aisles at the 2016 CREATE Conference. Onlookers jostled for position as Vancouver Island University (VIU) students led them through the posters they created to explain the dynamic research projects they are engaged in during the academic year. By the end of the day many of the undergraduates had... Read more


April 6, 2016

Defining Diversity, Creating Community helps shape future of Powell River After four years a citizen engagement research project undertaken in Powell River, B.C. is complete. The final report is available and according to project coordinator Alison Taplay, even though the Defining Diversity, Creating Community (DDCC) project is done she expects the effects will continue to reverberate through the... Read more