Monitoring and measuring freshwater resources in remote coastal areas

After spending a terrific week on Flores Island teaching Coastal Field Studies in Marine and Coastal Resources (GEOG 453), I am back in the office. The course was run under the theme of Island Hydrology this year, understanding how to monitor freshwater resources (quantity and quality) in remote costal areas. After spending 7-days hiking and boating around Clayoquot Sound learning about watershed management, I think myself and the students are looking forward to putting our feet up for a few days.

A trip to Victoria’s drinking water reservoir

I brought a new group of students to the Sooke Reservoir this year. We experienced ‘hydrology’ first hand with a healthy dose of rain and sleet over the tour but it was still a great day bringing the classroom into the environment. If you are interested in seeing a student blog from the water resource management class about the trip, please check out: https://onlineacademiccommunity.uvic.ca/myuviclife/2017/03/06/geography-field-trip-sooke-water-reservoir/

Photos by: Levi Hildebrand (UVic Geography Student)

A Physical Geographers paradise

The Big Island has 10 different Koppen climate zones, lava fields, snow peaked mountains, world class observatories, white, green and black sand beaches and an amazing variety of flora and fauna and so so much more! Hawaii Island is truly a physical geographer’s paradise. Seeing the lava firehose was unbelievable and swimming with green sea turtles was a dream.

Calendar Girl (or calendar hummingbird boy?)

Look Mom my photo is in a calendar! I am very excited that one of my hummingbird photos was chosen to be a part of the Geography Departments calendar this year. This little male Anna’s hummingbird hangs out on the hill by our house. Victoria’s climate is so mild that these little guys stay around all year which I just love.

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2017 Summer Geography Field School Information Night!

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Come out next week and learn about the exciting field schools that the department is running this year! I will be teaching ‘Field Studies in Coastal and Marine Resources’ with a focus on Island Hydrology as part of the Coastal Field School Series, which also includes courses on ‘Field Studies in Biogeography’ and ‘Whale Geography’. These courses take place on Flores Island just north of Tofino (not a bad place to be for 3-weeks!). There are also other AMAZING offerings such as a new Tofino Field School with courses focused on Wildlife Conservation and Landscape Ecology. Looking forward to seeing you there!