Determining Impacts of Harvesting on Clam Beds in the Nanoose Bay Recreational Shellfish Reserve

The Nanoose Economic Development Corporation (NEDC) represents the Nanoose First Nation, who harvest clams from the Nanoose Bay Recreational Shellfish Reserve. Clams are a culturally significant food source for the Indigenous peoples in these traditional lands, and the potential overharvesting of clams in this area may impose irreversible negative effects.

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No additional funding contribution is required from the academic supervisor or university.
Fellowships will be awarded competitively.

The Art of Small City Transformation: exploring a role for socially engaged public art institutes as leaders with municipal cultural sustainability agendas

This project investigates the role small city public art galleries play, and might play, in catalyzing community transformation on the municipal level. In looks, in particular, at the work being accomplished by socially-engaged small city galleries across Canada, and at the ways in which this work can inform and mobilize municipal agendas rooted in cultural sustainable development.

Assessing Volatile Organic Compounds as a Measure of Crop Health

Plants produce a blend of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) quickly in response to various growing conditions and plant stressors. These compounds are released well before there are any obvious signs of stress, such as wilting or loss of chlorophyll. Blueberry and other crops with thicker leaves, are slow to show obvious signs of stress and therefore are more prone to reduced crop quality and quantity than other field crops.

Mapping temporal and spatial variations in air quality using real-time mobile mass spectrometry

This project will support the development of mobile sensor technology and data processing techniques that can be used to identify, characterize, and map contaminant sources that impact air quality in British Columbia. Volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds (VOC/SVOCs) are present in the atmosphere as a result of human activities and natural sources. These compounds are important for air quality management as they can be detrimental to human health both directly (some, such as benzene, are carcinogens) and indirectly as precursors to ground-level ozone (a respiratory irritant).

Biological communities in a human modified coastal landscape

Shellfish aquaculture activities that occur in the intertidal environment can directly and indirectly affect the organisms that live on and within the sediment and higher trophic level organisms (e.g. fish) that utilize the habitat.

Development of closed containment and aquaponics technologies for White sturgeon aquaculture

The research will determine best culture practices for grow-out of the white sturgeon with respect to water quality parameters, feeds and feeding strategies, density of animals, and behavior as related to growth performance, health indicators, and stress. The research will also explore and develop an aquaponics component of the culture systems at the VIU laboratory and at the company partner’s site. Aquaponics is the coupling of a plant growing system to a fish growing system, the plants grown in water after its passage through the fish system.

Building an Innovative Idea Management Tool

The research aims to help the partner company, Analytic Design Group, assess the market potential for developing an Idea Management application, use experience-based analysis to investigate the functionality of an innovative idea management application, and to evaluate the expected returns for undertaking this project. This is carried out by researching the software market for similar applications. Then, an experience-based detailed analysis of the closest matches is done to gather insights from competitors’ application.