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. Access to our current network of real-time weather stations is available here and daily images from our weather station webcams are available here. 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 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).
Alex Cebulski, MSc – 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 installing and maintaining weather stations. His Master’s research involved collecting sediment cores from the glacier-fed Cariboo Lake, BC which were used as glacier and climate proxies over the past 2000 years. In his spare time he enjoys spending time outdoors rock climbing, sailing, and skiing.
Ali Bishop, BSc, ADGIS – Research Assistant
Ali is a recent graduate of the Advanced Diploma in GIS program at VIU, and has an Environmental Science degree from Dalhousie University. In her GIS practicum, she worked with the Ministry of Transportation’s Avalanche program, and created a geospatial interface for recording avalanche observations. When she is not on her skis, or waiting for snow, she likes hiking, cycle touring, and cooking up a storm.
Trevor Dickinson, BA – Graduate Research Assistant
As an undergraduate student at VIU, Trevor began working at the CHRL in 2016, assisting with winter field work at the Russell Creek Experimental Watershed. Upon completion of a BA double major in Geography and First Nations Studies in the spring of 2018, Trevor’s role expanded as an NSERC USRA research assistant, assisting with drone survey fieldwork and weather station construction. Trevor will be starting his Master’s degree at UVIC under the co-supervision of Dr. Bill Floyd and Dr. Randy Scharien. He will be working to develop a workflow to quickly, inexpensively, and accurately map snow volume using drones in a variety of treed and alpine mountain landscapes. Trevor has extensive mountaineering and backcountry skiing experience which he utilizes in our field work throughout the coastal mountains.
Griffin Fisk, BSc – Cryosphere Research Assistant
Griffin started work with the CHCRL as a research assistant in January 2019. He has a BSc from Vancouver Island University with a major in biology and minor in chemistry. After graduating in 2013 he worked with the Applied Environmental Research Lab and Environment Canada to develop ultra-sensitive analytical techniques for detecting nutrients in oligotrophic water bodies. After this he worked for several years as a geomatics technician and project manager at a Nanaimo based surveying company. He hopes to apply his knowledge and diverse skill set in collecting and analysing spatial and temporal data in the west coast cryosphere. He is a former member of Nanaimo Search and Rescue, but now spends most of his time rock climbing, hiking, and splitboarding.
Hannah McSorley, BSc – Graduate Student Research Assistant / field technician & water quality analyst
From 2016 to 2018, Hannah assisted in the construction of five high-elevation weather stations, led a synoptic river sampling and analysis program, and contributed to maintenance on the Kwakshua watershed program. In 2018, she started her Masters degree at UBC under the co-supervision of Bill Floyd and Mark Johnson (Ecohydrology); her research involves profiling water quality changes in stormflow across a second-growth forested drinking water supply area. Hannah is grateful to call coastal BC home, and is thrilled to be conducting research in the field and the lab.
Amrit Lally, BA, ADGIS – Graduate Student
Amrit is currently working on his Master’s in Geographic Information Systems at Vancouver Island University using a distributed hydrological model to calculate mean monthly stream discharge between SE Alaska and Northern California . For the past 8 years, he has been employed as a GIS and Data Analyst at Lorax environmental Services. Amrit has experience in geospatial analytics, computer programming, data manipulation, and water quality monitoring. He holds a BA in Geography from VIU and an Advance Diploma in Geographic Information Systems from BCIT. During his down time, he enjoys rock climbing, tending to his garden and spending time with his family.
Alyssa Bourgeois, BSc – Graduate Student
Alyssa is currently working on an MSc at the University of Alberta under the co-supervision of Dr. Suzanne Tank and Dr. Bill Floyd from VIU. Alyssa has a fascination with the impacts of humans on water quality and supply, which was initially spurred by a documentary on the Earth’s dwindling water supply. This fascination led her to pursue a BSc from McGill University where she studied water and environmental change. She has a desire to conduct important and practical research to improve understanding and find solutions to regional water problems. She will be doing her research under the forWater project focusing on how forest management affects drinking water quality, specifically total suspended solids and dissolved organic carbon concentrations and compositions. Outside of water research, she enjoys attending barre classes, eating ice cream, and listening to podcasts.
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
Eric Courtin, MSc
Eric is a weather station and hydrometric contractor, based on Vancouver Island. His background includes an M.Sc in climatology with UVIC and field work for the VIU Coastal Hydrology Research Lab and the University of Saskatchewan Coldwater Lab in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
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.
We work with a lot of talented and interesting collaborators. Check out some of our partners sites:
Vancouver Island University
NSERC forWater Network
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
University of British Columbia
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
Municipal & Regional Services
Regional District of Nanaimo
Sunshine Coast Regional District
Village of Queen Charolotte
Arrowsmith Water Service and Englishman River Water Service
Comox Valley Regional District
Capital Regional District
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