Research

Student Research at VIU Celebrated at 2017 Create Conference

March 21, 2017

More than 250 VIU student-researchers from all areas of study will be sharing their projects with the public March 29 at the Nanaimo campus From a study of parasites that make their homes in Western Purple Martin nests to looking at trends in space tourism and a presentation on microplastics as a global pollutant – more than 250 Vancouver Island University (VIU) students will share their research... Read more


VIU Partners with Parksville on Parks Survey and Community Park Master Plan

March 2, 2017

VIU and the City of Parksville are working together to come up with plans for parks and trails that look 20 years into the future If you live in Parksville don’t be surprised to see a wide range of Vancouver Island University (VIU) Master of Community Planning (MCP) students from various VIU disciplines interviewing citizens, conducting research, and mapping the extensive network of 54 parks that... Read more


VIU's Canada Goose Research Shows Some Birds Going South

December 14, 2016

After banding 200 Canada Geese, VIU student researcher Stew Pearce is starting to get a picture of where they are going, and what they are doing Have wings will travel. That’s the underlying message Vancouver Island University (VIU) student researcher Stew Pearce is seeing in his data after spending more than four months monitoring the 200 Canada Geese he and his team of volunteers collared this... Read more


VIU Launches International Journal of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves

November 22, 2016

First-of-its-kind journal provides a place for academics and citizen-scientists from around the world to publish biosphere research The idea for a new journal came to Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Master of Community Planning program director Dr. Pam Shaw after she challenged one of her students to conduct a review on the state of global biosphere research. Shaw, who is also the research... Read more


VIU's Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies Examines Need to Change Justice System

October 26, 2016

VIU’s Reconciliation Road series fitting welcome as Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Visiting Research Chair pursues research in restorative justice Dr. Roy Janisch is on familiar ground as he strolls across Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Nanaimo campus. The University’s Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Visiting Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies was here in 2014 – on sabbatical from Pittsburg... Read more


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


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