The Ring

The beast within: how humans evolved into super predators

2015-08-20 10:31

Rope trawl for midwater trawling. Photo: crew and officers of NOAA ship Miller F

You need not look far to find the world’s “super predator,” a term used by UVic scientists to describe how human dominance has bred an unrelenting predacious global culture that threatens nature’s balance.

Research published in the Aug. 21 edition of the journal Science by a team led by Dr. Chris Darimont, the Hakai-Raincoast professor of geography at the University of Victoria, shows how extreme human predatory behavior is responsible for widespread wildlife extinctions, shrinking fish sizes and disruptions to global food chains. 


Reclaiming a banned Saanich fishery

2015-08-04 14:33

A scene from the 2014 sailing

Almost a decade ago, XEMŦOLTW̱ Nick Claxton told his family he wanted to revitalize the reef net fishery, a fishing practice unique to the Straits Salish people and banned by the colonial government 100 years ago.

His uncle advised: “You can’t just go fishing. You must first build a ceremonial net.” And so began the spiritual, cultural and educational journey that Claxton considers his life’s work. It also became his PhD dissertation in curriculum and instruction at the University of Victoria—a research study designed to revitalize the knowledge, ceremony and practice that was nearly lost.


Island Health grants fuel UVic research

2015-07-28 11:24

Improving dementia care, stroke recovery and cancer support services are among the goals of eight newly funded projects involving University of Victoria health researchers.

Each of the projects is receiving $15,000 from Island Health through its new Collaborative Research Grant Competition, which aims to strengthen ties between the health agency (formerly known as the Vancouver Island Health Authority, or VIHA) and its academic partners. 


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UVic aerospace centre flies high with funding boost

Forest fire management will be one of the applications of new technology being developed by University of Victoria’s Centre for Aerospace Research (CfAR) which received new funding from Western Economic Diversification this month.

UVic osprey-cam offers a bird’s eye view

Every summer for the last 10 years, high above the University of Victoria’s athletic fields, a little family has been going about its daily business, largely unnoticed, except by photographers and curious onlookers willing to kink their necks and squint their eyes.

Blue, green and hints of brown: campus water use in a dry season

The balancing act of water stewardship

Hazy skies, brown grass, forest fires across the province—it’s hard to miss the signs of an unusually dry spring and summer on Vancouver Island and across western Canada.

Such dry conditions raise questions: should we conserve water at the expense of UVic’s renowned gardens? Should we water selectively to avoid tinder-dry conditions that could create a fire hazard? And what about the bigger picture of reducing water consumption throughout the year? At UVic, this is the balancing act of water stewardship.

The roots of Canadian ecology

Ian McTaggart Cowan archive a living legacy for contemporary research    

The launch of a digitization project and a new archive are a providing a powerful combination of resources for ecological researchers, on and off campus. The Ian McTaggart Cowan archive, recently donated by the Cowan family to UVic Special Collections and University Archives, contains materials from McTaggart Cowan’s remarkable 75-year career as one of Canada’s foremost wildlife biologists and conservationists.  

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