About Us

Our research is focused on ecosystem-based management, operational applications, environment and climate change observation networks. We study hydrology, aquatic biogeochemistry, and climate science in watersheds across coastal British Columbia, Canada. A key focus of our research is to expand weather and water observation networks in remote areas of British Columbia. The data we collect are intended to address climate change and inform natural resource management decisions. We work across the Pacific Coast of British Columbia, and are based out of Vancouver Island University (VIU) in beautiful Nanaimo, BC.

Our Team

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 ecological 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).

Hannah McSorley, BSc – Research Assistant
Hannah is a water quality analyst and field technician interested in hydrology, effective scientific communication and pulling information from data. Hannah has a BSc in Chemistry and Ecology with a research background in environmental analytical chemistry specializing in water quality. She is an outdoor enthusiast, grateful to call coastal BC home, and is thrilled to be conducting research in the field and in the lab.

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.
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 (http://www.usask.ca/hydrology/).
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.
Trevor Dickinson – Student Work-Op

Our Partners

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 and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO)
BC Ministry of Environment, Snow Survey Program
River Forecast Centre, FLNRO
BC Timber Sales
Environment and Climate Change Canada
BC Parks


Regional District of Nanaimo
Sunshine Coast Regional District
Village of Queen Charolette
Arrowsmith Water Service and Englishman River Water Service

Specialty and Independent

The Tula Foundation
CODEgrunt Consulting
Hakai Energy Solutions
The Hakai Institute
Coastal Rainforest Margins Research Network
West Coast Helicopters
Mount Cain
Vancouver Island Avalanche Centre
Island Timberlands
Unlimited Fabrication Inc. (custom-built weather station towers)