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Featured Dissertation: Physical Controls on Extremes of Oceanic Carbon and Oxygen in Coastal Waters

by Zelalem M. Engida

UVic News recently announced that “Times Higher Education released its 2020 world university rankings by subject for physical sciences and psychology, placing UVic programs in these areas among the Top 200 around the globe”. To celebrate, we would like to feature some of our graduate research associated with those disciplines.

Today, we feature research in Earth and Ocean Sciences: https://dspace.library.uvic.ca/handle/1828/11209

Abstract (excerpt):

The west coast of Vancouver Island is located at the northern end of the California Current System, one of the world’s Eastern Boundary Current Systems. The region is characterized by wind driven coastal upwelling and high productivity, which supports fisheries and related industries. Climate change poses a challenge to these industries by increasing seawater acidity and decreasing dissolved oxygen levels, which are two of the multi-stressors of marine organisms. This thesis explores the relative importance of different physical and biological mechanisms that affect oxygen and carbon extremes in the region.
This thesis has identified relative locations within the study domain of priority for effective monitoring of dissolved oxygen and carbon extremes in the study region. Finally, joint DIC- O2 extreme events are found to be common at the end of the summer. This information can be used to inform adaptation and mitigation plans aimed at protecting the economic and bequest value of the coast from potential hazards associated with oxygen and carbon extremes.

To read more, visit UVicSpace https://dspace.library.uvic.ca/handle/1828/11209

*UVic’s open access repository, UVicspace, makes worldwide knowledge mobilization possible. Through this platform, researchers at any institution have access to dissertations (and theses and graduate projects) published by our graduate students. This also makes works available to the interested layperson, who may be engaged in learning more about the research being done at UVic, with no paywall. UVic’s graduate students are doing valuable research every day – but sometimes it goes unsung. Our goal with this series is to shine a light on our students by featuring excellence, one achievement at a time.

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Expert Q&A on sexually transmitted infections in Canada and beyond

July 9, 2019 | UVic News

‘University of Victoria microbiologist Caroline Cameron … [is] Recognized internationally for her research on sexually transmitted infections, the Cameron Lab is one of only a few labs in the world, and the only lab in Canada, that is working to understand the basic science of the pathogen that causes syphilis, Treponema pallidum.

Recently, Cameron was recognized with a LifeSciences BC award for her work successfully advancing health outcomes in BC, while at the global stage, Cameron has been recognized by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases with a MERIT Award celebrating an outstanding record of achievement and acknowledging the promise of her research.’

Please follow the UVicNews link above to read the full Q&A session with Caroline Cameron and visit our institutional repository to read some of Caroline Cameron’s important open access (OA) articles in UVicSpace.

eDNA tool detecting endangered frog species in BC

March 28, 2019 | UVic News

A new genetic tool developed by University of Victoria researchers can detect an endangered species’ DNA from water, making environmental impact assessments more effective and reliable. The eDNA—or environmental DNA—technology detects the presence of a species in a matter of days .… Helbing and her coworkers at UVic and Hemmera Envirochem Inc. used the technology, which has a patent pending, to confirm the presence of the coastal tailed frog west of Lillooet, BC.

The Copyright & Scholarly Communications Office congratulates Caren Helbing and her team on their success and invite’s readers to explore some of her recent work in UVicSpace.