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.

Apply now for the Coastal Field School Series!

Looking to study whales, field techniques in biogeography and investigate challenges of monitoring and managing freshwater resources in remote coastal areas? If so, come and spend three weeks in May with us on Flores Island and get credit for three courses!

Apply early! applications will start being reviewed on Feb 15th until full.

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!

Seals, porpoises, and whales, oh my!

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.

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Juan de Fuca Adventure

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.