Shauna Doll, Gulf Islands Forest Project Coordinator

Shauna is the project coordinator for the Gulf Islands Forest Project. Shauna worked in the Acadian forests of Nova Scotia. She is based out of Victoria and often works from Raincoast’s Applied Conservation Science Lab in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sustainability and Society and a master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management, both from Dalhousie University. Her graduate research focused on assessing the ecological integrity of institutional greenspaces—those intersectional urban spaces that seem to exist somewhere between nature and development, like university campuses, golf courses, and cemeteries—to determine whether they might contribute to the maintenance of biodiversity and resiliency, using characteristic Acadian tree species as indicators. She completed a conservation-focused internship in Cambodia. She worked managing a rural field station on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.  

She has worked as a Teaching Assistant, Curriculum Developer, an ESL instructor, and environmental educator to satisfy her love for teaching. In her spare time, when not wandering through the forest or flailing in the sea, she teaches outdoor community yoga classes. 

Though she considers her favourite trees to be Eastern larch (known as Tamarack on the west coast) Yellow birch, and Trembling aspen, her favorite west coast tree is obvious: the Western red cedar. She has fallen in love with the Coastal Douglas-fir forests of southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Shauna Doll, the Gulf Islands Forest Project Coordinator, looks into the forest wearing her Raincoast hat and smiling broadly.
Purple camas flowers in a field on a sunny day with an arbutus tree in the background.

The story of Coastal Douglas-fir forests: Some of the most rare and diverse plant communities in Canada

Coastal Douglas-fir forests and associated ecosystems exist at the interface between land and water on the edge of the Salish Sea. With a long legacy of land stewardship by Coast Salish Nations, the ecological communities characteristic to this region are abundant and diverse. Since non-Indigenous arrival in the area, aggressive land conversion due to logging…
Hummingbird on the Gulf Islands.

Conserving endangered Gulf Islands forests

The Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) bio-geoclimatic zone is the smallest and most endangered of 16 such zones in British Columbia. According to BC’s Conservation Data Centre, nearly every ecological community in the CDF is provincially listed as threatened or endangered. The Gulf Islands represent 33.2% of CDF forests and associated habitats, and are the Traditional Territories…