Wishing everyone a joyful holiday break! Marking done, grades submitted and ready for some celebrations and restful days. Still dreaming of a white Christmas in Victoria (there is a snowflake graphic on Christmas Eve in the current forecast) so fingers crossed everyone! If not, beautiful frosty mornings like todays may have to do this year.
I am so pleased that two of my photos from this past year will be included in the UVic Geography Department’s 2018 desktop and hanging Calendars. If you are looking for a Geography themed Christmas present for someone, a few calendars are usually available for purchase at the department office.
Winter storm season arrived on the west coast with some Island stations reporting in excess of 500 mm over the last few days. Mt Washington even had a dump of snow!
The storms couldn’t have rolled in at a more serendipidous time. I am knee deep in planning the Coastal Meteorology aka Storm Watching course as part of the Geography Department’s Clayoquot Sound Field Semester, starting in a few months. Looking forward to spending time in the Pacific Rim National Park at the end of January with a lucky group of students coming along for the adventure! I say bring on the waves, winds, surf and rain.
I have just returned from the Coast Mountains – southwestern BC – Bridge Glacier, where the Geography 477 – Field Studies Physical Geography course was held this year. Twelve students spent the week at a remote field site, learning, discovering and collecting data for research projects. It was a week myself (and I imagine the students) will never forget.
It was a busy summer but I managed to sneak in some great hikes, camping adventures and kayak outings when my schedule would allow. This photo is from a wonderful backpacking trip I took with my friend on the Sunshine Coast in July. Fall term is right around the corner, which means I am preparing lectures and course materials. I hope you had a great summer break that was filled with adventure and discovery. See you in the classroom!
Join me and other mountain loving folks – Spring 2018 – in Mountain Meteorology!
When your friends suggest:  kayaking to get Saturday morning coffee,  enjoying free concerts in front of BC’s beautiful parliament building and  hiking to the top of a mountain for some epic views – the answer should always be ‘Yes’.
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.
The Geography Department is has two offerings of the ever popular Geocaching course this summer (GEOG 315)!!! I am thrilled to be leading the adventure this year. Get your name on the waitlist now so hopefully you can join us!
Geocaching described in 75 sec!
There is a cache somewhere in this photo … can you find it?
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)