• Street view of town in Norway


    On October 13th, Alanna and I set off to Bergen, Norway to partake in a preliminary workshop for the project, ‘ACTIONABLE: Adaptive Co-Management to Enhance Biocultural Diversity and Sustainable Development in Coastal Communities’, funded by the Research Council of Norway. About twenty participants...

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  • MABRRI Research Assistants checking water quality in stream

    Life as a MABRRI Junior Research Assistant

    Growing up in the Cowichan Valley, I have always had a strong interest in exploring and learning from the local area. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia in 2021 and returning back home to Vancouver Island, I was looking for a research position...

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    The Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative

    Rendering of the Round Prairie Elder’s Lodge, in Saskatoon, which was constructed in 2021. Image from   The Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative may be a bit of a mouthful, but it is worth your time to memorize the name and learn...

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  • Forage Fish volunteers learning how to process samples

    A Forage Fish Refresher on Thetis Island

    Last week we had the pleasure of working with one of our great citizen science groups!  On Friday, members of the MABRRI team made the trek over to Thetis Island to work with the Thetis Island Nature Conservancy (ThINC). ThINC is one of our many amazing volunteer groups who help us to sample...

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    Microscopes, Manila Clams and Milner Gardens & Woodland; Oh My!

    I fell in love with the Island when I moved here 5 years ago for my first year at VIU. Since then, that love has grown to a deep appreciation, respect and interest in the community and environment I now call home. When I saw the Student Research Assistant job posting, I had minimal knowledge on the...

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    Tread Lightly: taking a closer look at what’s beneath our feet on the beach

    “I can’t believe I used to put sand in my mouth as kid,” I said out loud in disbelief. Today, I am tasked with analyzing the different samples we collected across various beaches for our Forage Fish Spawning Habitat Monitoring project. After these samples have been collected in large Tupperware...

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    Supporting local environmental organizations

    I was a research assistant for MABRRI over this past term at VIU while being part of the Masters of Community Planning program. Just like how MABRRI is part of so many different projects and initiatives, my position was very diverse and provided me lots of different opportunities to grow my skills...

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    Braiding United Nations Global Agendas

    Environmental research and conservation are essential components of protecting and preserving Canada's unique landscape. Research must be centred on a holistic approach based on Indigenous and Western ways of knowing. Environmental research needs to be focused on building partnerships between...

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  • Rathtrevor Beach

    Human-Nature Transactions within the MABR

    In the fall of 2021, we had the opportunity to briefly introduce the diverse field of environmental psychology through a blog post (see here). The blog post illustrated the highlights of the ‘Sense of Place Study,’ which serves as one portion of a larger project titled The View from 2117: Human...

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  • Mount Arrowsmith

    Sense of Place in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region: Introducing Environmental Psychology

    When people are asked what they think the field of psychology entails, many fail to appreciate the broad range of subfields involved in the discipline. Environmental psychology is a relatively new and growing subfield—and it is gaining the attention of professional researchers, architects, and...

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