Collaboration is one of the fundamental strengths of science. We have the almost unique requirement to share ideas and knowledge across sectors, regions, and perspectives. This is particularly true in conservation or restoration-focused research, where we partner with many communities outside of science, each of which brings their own deep knowledge and understanding of a topic. Luckily, this task is incredibly fulfilling, brightening and shaping our science in truly meaningful ways. Also, we get paid to sit around and talk to interesting people about nerd science stuff. It's pretty great.
Nancy Shackelford (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"Though technically the captain of this ship, I am mostly just excited to be here. I love ecology, stats, data (boy I love data), plants, mites, and American football. Though I found restoration on accident, I believe it's the most hopeful, useful pathway in the midst of our current ecological woes. My passion is to make restoration outcomes more predictable by bringing together knowledge through meta-analysis and synthesis, and by applying generalizable ecological concepts to the successes and failures we see on the ground."
This group is new! Formally settling at the University of Victoria in January, 2020, we are actively recruiting! Application season tends to start in mid- to late-summer and head into full swing in the fall. Please email the PI if you are interested in working with us.
Our collaboration network spans the globe, with research partners in almost every corner and sector. We also have active and exciting projects shared across our own School of Environmental Studies at UVic. However, we have key organizational collaborations that drive some of our research, and we want to give them kudos here. We are also always looking for new research partners, so reach out at any time to chat science and discuss common goals.
Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG)
Working with DBG Chatfield Farms (and their site staff and scientists) has been a dream. They are excited about conservation and restoration, about public education, about land management, and about science. Creative and efficient, they have provided a little restoration play space for us, and have done their own amazing work all over the property. We are incredibly lucky to have them as collaborators.
German Centre for Integrate Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
Full of brilliant, driven scientists, iDiv researchers from around the globe work to "establish the scientific basis for the sustainable management of our planet’s biodiversity". Their work with us has centered on conceptual and data-driven synthesis. They've been an enthusiastic and deeply supportive partner in several projects, and we hope to keep growing that relationship over the next many years.