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Simulating Resilient  Landscapes Lab

Department of Geography

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The SURREAL Lab is a group of researchers dedicated to understanding how natural and anthropogenic forces collectively shape our world through computer simulation modelling, data science, and interactive visualization technologies. Our aim is to provide solutions for helping decision-makers build resilient and adaptive landscapes in the face of climate change impacts and uncertainties.

Restoring Disturbed Landscapes

Realizing how anthropocentric disturbances and climate change drive landscape structure and function in order to put forth solutions for restoring degraded complex environments. 

Human-Wildlife Interactions

Analyzing human-wildlife interaction dynamics across shared marine and terrestrial environments . Our work aims to foster coexistence through informed conservation that supports local livelihoods.

For specific information on the Sooke Hills Wildlife Monitoring Project click here.

Mapping and Visualizations

Developing mapping and visualization technologies for building community resilience to environmental change.

Ecological Monitoring of Terrestrial Environments

Monitoring the functional health of watersheds and associated forest communities in British Columbia.

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Collaborative Research

The SURREAL Lab conducts collaborative, interdisciplinary research through diverse partnerships both regionally and globally. Collaborators include local communities, First Nations, government agencies, NGO's and private industry and span a wide range of projects. We work with our partners through research partnerships, formal contract arrangements, and volunteer opportunities. Our collaborations are focused on providing our partners with cutting-edge research while mentoring graduate and undergraduate in the collaborative process. Please contact us for more information.

Prospective Students

The SURREAL Lab welcomes interest from potential graduate and undergraduate researchers. Those interested in graduate studies should contact Chris Bone in the September prior to the Geography Department's application deadline and state how your research interests align with the core research areas of the lab. Undergraduate students should feel free to be in touch at any time for potential research opportunities.

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Watch our Video to learn more.

Video Credit: Anna Socha, MSc student Dept. of Geography, UVic

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