About

Val Schaefer, Ph.D., R.P.Bio., is a biologist and ecologist by training who has developed unique expertise in the emerging field of Urban Ecology. Curriculum Vitae for Val Schaefer (pdf).

Val has been the Academic Administrator of the Restoration of Natural Systems Diploma Program and related studies at the University of Victoria, BC, since 2005. Visit UVic Continuing Studies for info about courses and registration. As part of the School of Environmental Studies he and his graduate students undertake research projects in ecological restoration. ValĀ  works with graduate and undergraduate students to conduct restoration projects, the most recent of which is Restoring Urban Nature (RUN). He and his students also provide policy support to the BC Ministry of the Environment and the District of Saanich.

He is a founder and former Executive Director of the Institute of Urban Ecology at Douglas College in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada where he was a faculty member in Biology for 26 years.

Val is a leading proponent of urban ecology and urban biodiversity who has written extensively and presented internationally on these topics.

He is also an environmental educator who has conducted numerous community projects with his students promoting nature in the city.

Val is the lead author of Urban Biodiversity: Exploring Natural Habitat and Its Value in Cities (Captus Books, 2004).

Val often works with Anny Schaefer.