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Fiona Hamersley Chambers

Fiona Hamersley Chambers is an ethnobotanist whose research focuses on how northwest coast First Peoples managed and co-evolved with their plant resources. Her PhD work on B.C.’s Central Coast investigates how key berry plants were cultivated and owned in ‘gardens’. The importance of these species, which were historically significant in terms of food, culture, trade and landscape management, today has not been fully acknowledged or studied.

Sara Wickham

Sara completed her BSc in Biology at UVic. This past summer she was fortunate to work for the Starzomski Lab as a research assistant on the Central Coast. Sara is very excited to begin work on the 100 Islands Biogeography Project as a MSc student under Dr. Brian Starzomski. She will be researching how beach wrack acts as vector to transfer marine nutrients to the terrestrial environment in the Hakai Luxvbalis Conservancy. Sara is grateful for this opportunity provided to her by the Hakai Institute and UVic, and looks forward to an interesting 2 years of study.

Nancy Shackelford

Nancy is a PhD student with Dr. Brian Starzomski working on applied community ecology. Her focus is on ecosystem resilience—in its many definitions and forms—and how it can be manipulated or impacted by human activity. She is interested both in the broad theoretical questions surrounding ecosystem management and the on-the-ground applications of ecological science. She's good at stats, writing, and organizing people: a Texas Triple-threat.

Nancy is also a MITACS intern with Hakai Media in 2016/2017.


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