Student Blog

  • Little_Qualicum_Falls_MABR

    Biosphere Reserves & Local Governments: Exploring Ways to Work Together

    “I work for the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute” is a sentence I have said many times over the last year. Most frequently this statement is followed by the question “What’s the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region?” I also asked this the first time I heard of the MABR, but I...

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  • The_Worlds_Future

    Playing for change

    I have had the opportunity to work for MABRRI as a research assistant for the past year, with most of my work focused around community planning. But the odd day, I get a change up from my routine and get to try something new! On July 6th, I had the chance to participate in The World’s Future Social...

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  • MABRRI-trail-survey

    Promoting the Nanaimo Trail Survey to Mountain Bikers

    Most evenings you can find us on the trails looking to chat with anyone riding a mountain bike. One of the projects us Research Assistants (RAs) at MABRRI are working on this summer is implementing the Nanaimo Trail Survey in person. The Trail Survey is in collaboration with Matt Bowes, a Geography...

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  • Forage-fish-sampling

    May Forage Fish Sampling

    I’m a student research assistant with MABRRI for the summer and a part of my job is helping sample for forage fish embryos! The term ‘forage fish’ refer to small prey fish that feed the larger, pelagic fish in the ocean. Common forage fish include sardines, herring, and anchovies but the two we’re...

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  • MABR_Wetlands

    Wetland Monitoring in the MABR

    The MABR is comprised of many unique and diverse ecological landscapes, including some very spectacular wetlands! However, relatively little is known about these wetlands and their importance in the hydrology of the MABR. Since both groundwater and surface water play a critical role in providing...

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  • Clam_monitoring

    Monitoring clam harvesting in Nanoose Bay

    This summer I have the incredible opportunity of being a Research Assistant  (RA) on the Nanoose Bay Recreational Shellfish Reserve Harvest Monitoring project. This project has been intriguing to work on so far and has really opened my eyes to an issue I had no idea existed. Before this project I...

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  • MABR_Rathtrevor

    The Sustainable Development Goals in the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region

    Between the beginning of January to the end of February 2021, I had the opportunity to work on MABRRI’s project Promoting the SDGs in the MABR. For this project, we organized a symposium with local businesses and organizations in the MABR as a way to raise awareness of the United Nations 17...

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  • Mt Arrowsmith

    Locating the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region in Governance

    Hi everyone! I’m Jake, a student in the Master of Community Planning program.  Over the course of the semester, I’ve had the opportunity to work for the View from 2117 project as a research assistant. When the posting came out in the summer, I saw that the job would entail research on planning...

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  • View from Little Mountain

    Coming together, from afar

    Hi! I’m new around here, but my MABRRI coworkers have made me feel so welcome. I’ve joined the team as a Research Assistant for the Canadian Mountain Network (CMN) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) project, which is analyzing current initiatives across Canada, and their alignment with...

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  • Nanoose Bay Clam Monitoring

    Nanoose Bay Clam Harvesting

    On October 17th, Sarah and I headed off to Nanoose Bay to collect data for the Nanoose Clam Harvesting project. The aim of this project is to understand how recreational and commercial clam harvesting has impacted the project area in Nanoose Bay. The project is a collaboration between the Nanoose...

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