Caty and her Coastal Geography K-9 Field Assistant, Evey


Cathryn R. Brandon,
PhD Candidate
CORAL Group, Department of Geography, University of Victoria (BC, Canada)


Caty is currently in the third year of a PhD program exploring the use of 3D geovirtual environments for marine realms. Her PhD research project involves applying 3D GIS and geovirtual technology to communicate wildlife-viewing guidelines to recreational boaters and visitors to Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. The research contributes to bioregional study of the Salish Sea, which is the shared body of water between British Columbia, Canada and Washington State, USA. Marine mammals are iconic, representational symbols of Salish Sea culture, while whale watching and ecotourism are performative aspects of the culture of the Salish Sea bioregion. This study will evaluate whether or not 3D representations of wildlife-viewing guidelines provide greater learning affordances over 2D representations of the guidelines. Having lived in both Washington State and British Columbia, she has a special interest in the transboundary environmental governance of the Salish Sea and the health of its culture, communities and marine environment.