The Ring

The tale the trees tell: droughts will be worse in BC

2016-05-04 15:39

A large tree section from the tree ring lab.

BC should plan for worse droughts than previously expected


A digital field guide for BC central coastal species

2016-05-04 12:22

Take a virtual tour from seaweeds and sea stars to wolves and eagles, with a new digital field guide. The guide provides experts and amateurs with a tool to identify over 700 species in the Great Bear Rainforest to help deepen our appreciation of the biodiversity along BC’s central coast.


President Cassels honoured with United Way's most prestigious award

2016-04-22 14:45

President Cassels speaking at a United Way event

At their annual Spirit Awards on April 22, the United Way Greater Victoria (UWGV) presented their most prestigious honour—the Chair’s Award of Distinction—to President Jamie Cassels, in recognition of his longstanding commitment to the UWGV, both in his professional capacity at UVic, and in his personal support over many years.


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On Earth Day, we ask: how ‘green’ is UVic? Let us count the ways!

Across the board—academics, research, operations, administration—sustainability is a fundamental component of life at UVic. Here are just a few highlights—from the past year and ongoing—of UVic’s contributions to a green and sustainable environment:

The genetic rule for salmon: keep a back-up copy

A 15-year study yields huge potential for salmon management and conservation

Salmon—they’re tasty and nutritious to eat, many livelihoods depend on them and they’re crucial to the health of coastal ecosystems. Turns out they also possess an unusual genetic feature that’s of great interest to evolutionary scientists and fisheries managers alike.

El Niño devastates coral reefs in Pacific Ocean

A team of marine scientists from the University of Victoria and the Georgia Institute of Technology have returned from nearly a month of scuba diving on coral reefs in the middle of the equatorial Pacific Ocean. What they saw will haunt them for a long time.

“Christmas Island’s coral reefs are like ghost towns—the structures are all still there, but no one is home,” says UVic biologist Julia Baum. “To see the reefs change this dramatically in just a few months is shocking. We were bracing ourselves for the worst, but seeing it with our own eyes was surreal.”

Expert Q&A on Shakespeare and 400th anniversary

April 23, 2016 is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

Professor Emeritus Michael Best—an early trailblazer who launched Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE) in 1996 even before the world-wide web totally swept the globe—explains the lasting impact of Shakespeare’s oeuvre and why people remain enamoured with the Bard of Avon.

UVic is a leader in the fields of Shakespearean study, Renaissance literature and digital humanities, and its English language and literatures programs are ranked in the top 200 in the world by the QS Subject Rankings.

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