Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI)

MABRRI, a Vancouver Island University research institute is dedicated to community engagement, relationship building and knowledge sharing. MABRRI focuses on research and community engagement initiatives primarily within the UNESCO-designated Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region, but also uphold VIU's Academic Research Plan by working on projects across Vancouver Island.


Connecting people and nature through community-based, student-led research and education on Vancouver Island


MABRRI's research and community engagement coordinators, project coordinators, VIU students, and faculty associates work with community partners to create and conduct research projects that advance our understanding of people and nature--and the interaction between these--within the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region.

Meet Our Team

MABRRI has an amazing team of Project Coordinators, Full-time Research Assistants, and Student Research Assistants. We value our team members as they help with ongoing projects and daily operational tasks.

Read Our Reports

MABRRI often conducts research under contract with other organizations, municipalities, or funding agencies. When granted permission from those funding our research, we will always strive to ensure our research is available for the public to view.


Check out our list of upcoming events to get a sense of what is happening!

Student Blog

Learn about what our students get up to throughout the year!

Student Blog

MABR Interactive Map

The Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region and MABRRI created an interactive map which is used as a knowledge-sharing tool and to showcase research and work happening in the MABR.

MABR Interactive Map