Our research is focused on the influence of natural resource management and climate change on the hydrology of watersheds. In particular we strive to develop novel methods to better describe the variation in hydrological processes in watersheds influenced by rain, snow and ice. A key focus of our research is to expand weather and water observation networks in remote areas of British Columbia. We work across the Pacific Coast of British Columbia, and are based out of Vancouver Island University (VIU) in beautiful Nanaimo, BC.
Bill Floyd, RPF, PhD – Team Leader
Bill is a Research Hydrologist with the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, he is the Leader of the Coastal Hydrology & Climate Change Research Lab, and an adjunct professor in Geography at Vancouver Island University. He is an innovator with a vision for long-term bio-physical research. Bill loves the snow and is an avid skier.
Stewart Butler, BSc – Research Assistant
Stew is passionate about the environment, science and understanding the natural world. He has a BSc in Earth Science and Chemistry, and spends most of his free time on and around the water. Stew has experience in geophysical mapping, metallurgical chemistry, marine conservation, and has worked as a Search and Rescue crew member for the Canadian Coast Guard, and volunteered with the public education group Awareness of Climate Change through Education and Research (ACER).
Trevor Dickinson, BA – NSERC USRA Research Assistant
Trevor has assisted with winter field work at Russell Creek Experimental Watershed for two winters and has expanded his role with us this summer as an NSERC USRA research assistant. He completed a BA at Vancouver Island University with a double major in Geography and First Nations Studies. Trevor has extensive mountaineering and backcountry skiing experience which he utilizes in our field work throughout the coastal mountains.
Alex Cebulski, BSc, MSc Candidate – Climate and Hydrology Analyst
From January 2018 to present, Alex has worked on various projects including managing our real-time weather network database, conducting various geo-spatial analyses, collecting data in the field, and performing weather station maintenance. He is currently wrapping up his MSc at the University of Toronto. His Master’s research involved collecting a climate proxy from the glacier-fed Cariboo Lake located in interior British Columbia. In his spare time he enjoys spending time outdoors rock climbing, sailing, and skiing.
Hannah McSorley, BSc – Graduate Student Research Assistant
From 2016 through 2017, Hannah worked as a water quality analyst and field technician where she assisted in the construction of five high-elevation weather stations and led a synoptic river sampling and analysis program. In 2018, Hannah started her Masters degree at UBC in Geological Sciences; she is conducting research under the co-supervision of Dr.Bill Floyd and Dr.Mark Johnson in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. Her Master’s research is focused on regional water supply, and the impacts of forestry management on drinking water quality; specifically, dissolved terrestrial organic matter and the creation of chlorinated disinfection byproducts. Hannah has a BSc in Chemistry and Biology (Ecology) and a research background in environmental analytical chemistry. She is grateful to call coastal BC home, and is thrilled to be conducting research in the field and the lab.
Affiliate Team Members
Maartje Korver, MSc
Maartje loves water, either wading through rivers, sailing the ocean, or paddling lakes. She has a MSc in Hydrology and Water Resources Science, and is a staff researcher and field technician for the Hakai Institute. Her focus is on surface water processes: setting up hydrometric stations, building rating curves and doing catchment response analyses.
Former Team Members
Godson Umeokwochi, BSc, ADGISA
Godson was a Student member of the Advanced Diploma in Geographic Information System Application (ADGISA) Practicum program. He has a BSc in Earth Science and an interest in sustainability of renewable energy, which includes using GIS and Geostatistics in modeling groundwater flow. Godson is now a GIS Technician with the BC Provincial Government.
Eric Courtin, BSc
Eric is a Climate Science Graduate student, a weather station technician and remote fieldwork specialist. He was raised on Vancouver Island, and is living in the Rockies, raising a baby with his better half. Eric enjoys mountains, coasts, craft beer and coffee. He is now a research technician with the Centre for Hydrology in Canmore, Alberta .
We work with a lot of talented and interesting collaborators. Check out some of our partners sites:
Vancouver Island University
Applied Environmental Research Labs, VIU
Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute, VIU
UNBC, Brian Menounos Lab
SFU, Forest Ecology and Management
Univeristy of Alberta, Tank Lab
University of Alaska Southeast
BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Devlopment (FLNR)
BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Strategy, Snow Survey Program
River Forecast Centre, FLNR
BC Timber Sales
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Specialty and Independent
The Tula Foundation
Hakai Energy Solutions
The Hakai Institute
Unlimited Fabrication Inc. (custom-built weather station towers)
Coastal Rainforest Margins Research Network
West Coast Helicopters
Vancouver Island Avalanche Centre