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!
My holiday break was filled with great family outings (snowshoeing, hockey games and west coast hikes!) and festive visits with friends. I can’t wait for all the adventures that 2017 will bring!
Gave my last exam today and had a special visitor stop by. Wishing all my students a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you all for a fun and rewarding semester! Happy Holidays.
Students from GEOG 391 Mountain Meteorology spent a snowy day learning about avalanche forecasting and weather at Mount Washington. It was a fun day out of the classroom with a great group of students.
Fall term is right around the corner, but this weekend I pretended that summer was still in full swing. A sunny Saturday paddling trip around Saturna Island was what my husband and I came up with. We saw harbour seals and their 1-month old pups, porpoises, whales and numerous birds. I couldn’t have asked for a better day.
I just finished hiking the Juan de Fuca Trail with a friend (4-days, 47 km). My favorite section was between Chin and Sombrio Beach … it was the right combination of ocean and forest views, the up and downs were not too intense and there were some easy grade sections to give my knees a break! It was an amazing mid-week summer adventure in my backyard.
I am teaching a brand new course in the department this fall (2016) – Geog 391: MOUNTAIN METEOROLOGY! Students will be introduced to meteorological phenomena associated with mountain environments, develop an understanding of the role mountains have on weather and climate in a region (from the poles to the tropics!) and gain experience with meteorological instrumentation and field data collection. If you are interested look for details on the department website: http://www.uvic.ca/socialsciences/geography/ or contact me. Pre-requisite: Geog 272.
This was our classroom … enough said. Water, waves, trees, wolves, bears, whales and amazing students. It was a terrific and tiring two weeks.
The plethora of nature around Victoria has certainly sparked the photographer inside me. I still have a lot to learn, but look forward to spending some time this summer playing around with my new 600 mm lens. Yesterday I took these shots in my neighbourhood. Nature is awesome!