The Ring

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

Wed, 2016-05-04 15:39

A large tree section from the tree ring lab.
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

Wed, 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.

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

Tue, 2016-04-19 16:35

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

Tue, 2016-04-19 16:32

Dramatic changes in the coral reefs at Kiritimati Island. Credit: Kristina Tietj
Dramatic changes in the coral reefs at Kiritimati Island. Credit: Kristina Tietjen

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

Thu, 2016-04-14 10:28

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.

Subsea glider peers into secret lives of BC whales

Mon, 2016-04-11 12:25

Migrating gray whales. Credit: R. Burnham.
Migrating gray whales surface close to where the glider was deployed.

Majestic and mysterious, whales continue to fascinate researchers and nature lovers, but how whales live in the ocean’s depths is largely unknown. Now, the University of Victoria is on a mission to deepen our knowledge of rare and threatened baleen whales and help protect them from ship strikes.

Over the next three weeks, a two-metre underwater ocean glider equipped with acoustic sensors, sonar and hydrophones will allow researchers to track whale movements by listening to and recording their sounds along the shelf break in Clayoquot Canyon.

Traditional plant expert Nancy Turner wins prestigious Canada Prize

Mon, 2016-04-11 11:30

Turner. Credit: UVic Photo Services

Ethnobotanist and ethnoecologist Nancy Turner is a long-time champion of Indigenous traditional knowledge and a world expert on traditional plant use. Her book, Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America, was announced the winner of the 2016 Canada Prize in the Social Sciences by The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, on Monday, April 11th.

2016 Craigdarroch Research Awards

Wed, 2016-04-06 12:24

Tunnicliffe. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

An ocean explorer striving to preserve fragile marine ecosystems. A physicist unlocking the secrets of the universe. An oceanographer who makes science open and accessible to everyone. A writer who helps us interpret the trials and tribulations of modern life. And two engineers and an entrepreneur who came up with a brilliant idea and ran with it.

UVic scientist leads new open-access chemistry journal

Tue, 2016-03-29 12:11


When the new international chemistry journal ACS Omega launches this summer, a longtime University of Victoria chemist will be steering its direction.

2016 Provost’s Engaged Scholar recipients announced

Tue, 2016-03-15 09:40

Lutz. Photo: UVic Photo Services.
Lutz. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Dr. Jessica Ball (child and youth care) and Dr. John Lutz (history) have been named the 2016 recipients of the Provost’s Engaged Scholar Award. This is the third year for the annual awards program, which celebrates the integration of outstanding scholarship, inspired teaching and real-life community engagement. It recognizes tenured faculty members who have achieved great distinction as community-engaged scholars.