Category Archives: Open Access

Orphaned baby bears and shrinking habitat due to wildfires

February 15, 2024 | The Hamilton Spectator via UVic News

Northern Lights Wildlife Society in Smelters, BC, have an overwhelming number of orphaned black bears in their care this spring. Environmental conditions caused by climate change have led to an increase in human-bear interactions, and an increase in orphaned bears. UVic’s Dr. Chris Darimont shared his expertise on why bears are more frequently entering human-dominated spaces and bears are being found with hunter-caused injuries. Dr. Darimont and Northern Lights will be partnering on a project to collar and study 30 bears’ rehabilitation back into their natural environment.

Dr. Darimont is an interdisciplinary researcher, Raincoast Research Chair in Applied Conservation Science, and Geography Professor at UVic.  If you are interested in learning more from this exciting researcher, the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communications encourages you to check out UVicSpace, our open access institutional repository. Twenty-three of Dr. Darimont’s publications are freely available there!

‘As Above’ at the Belfry

February 12, 2024 | CBC Radio One via UVic News 

The Belfry Theatre has announced the [premiere of a play they have commissioned, titled As Above. Written by Christine Quintana, As Above follows the character Joe, a botanical researcher in her late 60s, who has been sober for eight years. Quintana said that this thriller/love story is driven by her fascination of communication networks between trees. This aspect in the play detailed how trees may communicate their needs and rely on one another through fungal networks.

Barbara Hawkins, a researcher at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Forest Biology, was asked to comment on the science behind Quintana’s play. Hawkins explained that mycorrhizae – the symbiotic relationship formed between plants and fungi networks – is important because the trees rely on the fungi when nutrition is scarce. However, Hawkins also pointed out that the science behind trees communicating with each other through these types of networks, is not strongly supported.

Barbara Hawkins is a biology professor and researcher at UVic’s Faculty of Science and UVic’s Centre for Forest Biology. Hawkins’ areas of study include tree physiology, tree nutrition, plant cold hardiness, and forest regeneration. Dr. Hawkins is particularly interested in how trees acclimate to low temperatures and low levels of nitrate.

To find out more about her work, you can read Dr. Hawkins’ publications in the University of Victoria’s institutional repository, UVicSpace! Or if you are interested in ecology, try checking out the collection of publications for the Centre for Forest Biology in UVicSpace.

Spider webs catch more than prey. They’re also jam-packed with animal DNA

February 7, 2024 | via UVic News

Innovations in the field of environmental DNA (eDNA) have determined that traces of vertebrate DNA can be collected from soil, water, plants, and even air. Scientists in Australia have now added spider webs to that list. Collecting DNA from first an animal sanctuary in Perth and then the Perth Zoo, these scientists have gathered valuable research that will advance this emerging field of study.

UVic’s Dr. Mark Louie Lopez applauds the cleverness of using spider webs to collect eDNA. This method is quicker than others (such as collecting from blood-sucking creatures), and it addresses some barriers that make eDNA detection difficult (such as confounding organic inhibitors). He stresses, though, that eDNA cannot give a full picture of biological diversity.

Dr. Lopez is a University of Victoria researcher with the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology’s C. Helbing Lab, as well as an iTrackDNA and Liber Ero postdoctoral fellow. To learn more from this exciting scholar, please visit the University of Victoria’s open access institutional repository UVicSpace, where one of Dr. Lopez’s publications is available.

Should You Sleep With Your Best Friend on Valentine’s Day?

February 14, 2024 | Psychology Today via UVic News

Reiterating the findings of a 2021 article by UVic’s Danu Anthony Stinson and the University of Manitoba’s Lisa B. Hoplock and Jessica J. Cameron, a recent Psychology Today article shares that the Western ‘dating script’ does not adequately take into consideration the multiple paths to initiating a romantic relationship. The friends-to-lovers pathway, the article(s) emphasize, is particularly overlooked in relationship science. By ignoring this pathway and instead focusing on the sparks of attraction that come from viewing someone’s dating profile, academics perpetuate a heterosexist understanding of dating.

Dr. Danu Anthony Stinson – the lead author of the referenced 2021 article from the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science – is a Professor in UVic’s Department of Psychology. Her areas of interest include social psychology, interpersonal relationships and the self. If you are interested in learning more from Dr. Stinson about close relationships, gender (mis)measurement, and singlehood, please visit UVicSpace, the university’s open access institutional repository.

‘Here we are talking about drought in February’

February 9, 2024 | Canada’s National Observer via UVic News 

The provincial government has released information indicating that snowpack levels are 40 per cent lower than they usually are at this time of year. As a result, water security groups in B.C are now gearing up to face another summer filled with wildfires and drought. Different groups are now asking the provincial government to plan ahead for this year’s drought season, to avoid situations similar to the past.

Oliver Brandes, a lead in POLIS, the University of Victoria’s Water Sustainability Project, commented on how climate change has played a role in increasing the frequency of these events. Brandes added that “You can’t manage what you don’t measure,” explaining that the province needs to get a better handle on how they manage how much water is accessed and by whom.

Oliver Brandes is a Co-Director of the POLIS Water Sustainability Project at UVic. An initiative that drives to innovate water and watershed law, policy, and governance reform. They also strive to “generate change towards a sustainable freshwater future.”

Brandes is also an adjunct professor at UVic’s Faculty of Law, and School of Public Administration. Additionally, Brandes is a fellow at the Environmental Law Centre. If you would like to learn more about Brandes’ research on watershed governance, water laws, and much more, they are available to read through our institutional repository, UVicSpace! You may also check out other works published by the POLIS Project in their community collection on UVicSpace.

Prominent Nuu-chah-nulth artist George Clutesi has a career retrospective exhibit at the Bill Reid Gallery

January 19, 2024 | The Vancouver Sun via UVic News

The George Clutesi: ḥašaḥʔap / ʔaapḥii / ʕc̓ik / ḥaaʔaksuqƛ / ʔiiḥmisʔap exhibit is now open at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver. This retrospective on Clutesi’s artistic and cultural influence – which is still underappreciated – will run at the Bill Reid gallery until January 19th, 2025. Clutesi was an artist, novelist, and educator from the Tseshaht First Nation. He passed away in 1988.

This exhibit was put together by members of the University of Victoria Visual Story Lab (based in the Department of Anthropology). Two of these individuals, Dr. Andrea Walsh and Dr. Jennifer Robinson, have open access publications freely available on UVicSpace, the University of Victoria’s institutional repository.

Alongside working with the Visual Story Lab, Dr. Walsh a visual anthropologist, Associate Professor in Anthropology, and Smyth Chair in Arts & engagement at the University of Victoria. Dr. Robinson is a post-doctoral fellow in the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research and Adjunct Faculty Member in Anthropology.

Bombardier Unveils University of Victoria as First Announced Academic Partnership in the Pan-Canadian EcoJet Research Project; UVic and Bombardier partner on developing lower-emission planes; ‘Pushing the envelope’: Collaboration between UVic and Bombardier looking to make jet aviation more sustainable

January 24, 2024 | Yahoo! Finance via UVic News; January 25, 2024 | Vancouver is Awesome via UVic News; January 31, 2024 | CTV News Vancouver Island via UVic News

Canadian aircraft manufacturing company Bombardier and the University of Victoria’s Centre for Aerospace Research (CfAR) have enjoyed a decades-long partnership. Alongside British Columbia’s SME Quaternion Aerospace, the companies are collaborating on the EcoJet Research Project; a sustainability-focused multi-year initiative aiming to decrease flight emissions by up to 50%. Flight testing for blended-wing design prototype aircrafts began in 2017 and is now continuing with 18-foot-wide vehicles.

CfAR is responsible for development, testing and data analysis of the prototype.

Dr. Afzal Suleman, founder and director of CfAR, shares that the Centre’s innovative work with Bombardier is a significant example of the profound legacy that their students and researchers are having on the future of aviation.

Dr. Suleman is also a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UVic whose area of expertise lies in multidisciplinary design optimization and computational and experimental mechanics in aerospace technology. The Copyright and Scholarly Communications Office at UVic Libraries is proud to share that seventeen of Dr. Suleman’s publications are available in our open access institutional repository, UVicSpace!

Construction d’un laboratoire “de pointe” à Vancouver pour lutter contre le cancer

January 30, 2024 | CBC Radio-Canada via UVic News

A new cyclotron and radiopharmacy laboratory is currently being installed on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus. The lab, whose goal is to help the fight against cancer in British Columbia, is supported by a $21 million dollar investment from the province as part of its ten-year cancer plan.

In a recent CBC Radio-Canada article about the lab, UVic’s Dr. Damien Contandriopoulos is quoted lauding the investment as a good medium-term care solution for B.C.’s cancer patients. Dr. Contandriopoulos explains that the new lab, however, will not have much effect on patients’ short-term care needs. This is because, initially, a series of delays in the health care process mean that patients end up waiting for care.

A Professor in the University of Victoria’s School of Nursing, Dr. Contandriopoulos’ research focuses primarily on health policy-making processes, evidence-based decision making, and nurse-intensive models of healthcare delivery. Are you interested in learning more about these and other topics from this important UVic scholar? The Copyright and Scholarly Communications Office encourages you to visit UVicSpace, our open access institutional repository, where nine of Dr. Contandriopoulos’ publications are freely available.