VIU Students at Beach


Surveying plants in remote BC parks

Submitted by Rachel Stern on October 18, 2023 - 9:47am

Emma Peterson and Lizzy Schafers visited remote BC parks this summer to count and catalogue plants. Their work was part of a biodiversity survey research project overseen by Dr. Jasmine Janes, a VIU Biology Professor.

The summer research experience allowed both students to gain hands-on skills outside a classroom setting. For Lizzy, a Bachelor of Science student majoring in Biology, the experience reinforced her plans to go to grad school and study botany. 

Solving a puzzle no one else has solved

Submitted by Rachel Stern on August 29, 2023 - 11:34am

Networking is an integral skill for students who want to pursue research, says Krystyn Forbes.

Krystyn graduated in June with a Bachelor of Science degree, with a Biology honours. He worked as a research assistant for the past two summers with Dr. Jamie Gorrell, a VIU Biology Professor. He recommends that students talk to their professors about research opportunities.

Investigating parasite genetics

Submitted by Rachel Stern on March 13, 2023 - 1:17pm

VIU alum Mac Barrera’s undergraduate research was not only published in an international journal, it has also led to new insights about the endangered Vancouver Island marmot.  

“It’s exciting. I feel very proud,” says Mac, who now works as a lab technician in VIU’s Biology department. “Getting an undergrad research paper published in a legitimate, peer-reviewed journal is rare.”

Inspired by the world around us: Ally Badger

Submitted by Rachel Stern on August 9, 2022 - 9:29am

The living world has fascinated Ally Badger ever since she was a child, and she always knew she wanted to pursue biology.

She graduated this June with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biology. Navigating the challenges of the pandemic and the worsening climate crisis over the past few hasn’t been easy, but despite these obstacles Ally received a perfect grade point average. 

Striving for athletic and academic excellence

Submitted by Rachel Stern on June 22, 2022 - 10:39am

Danielle Groenendijk is graduating from VIU this June with a Bachelor of Science, major in Biology and minor in Kinesiology – graduating with honours.

She is also a member of the VIU Mariners women’s volleyball team and the combination of both a strong volleyball program and the academic programs offered was a major factor in why she decided to attend VIU. 

Making an impact through undergraduate research

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on December 16, 2021 - 8:04am

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science, Major in Biology degree last April, Marissa Wright-LaGreca immediately began working in the Centre for Shellfish Research.

She is researching the first 24 hours of shell development in Pacific oyster larvae, hoping to find out how growth is impacted by changing seawater conditions such as ocean acidification. The results of her project could help hatcheries select oysters that are more resilient to harsher ocean conditions.