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, smiles while standing outside in the snow.
Three Salish Sea Emergin Stewards sit in their kayaks.

On hope

“What would your ‘management plan’ for the Salish Sea be?” I ask the youth gathered. We are having a conversation about wild Pacific salmon and Southern Resident killer whales with Misty MacDuffee.