Projects and Research Interests
Driven by pragmatic curiosity, my research interests include spontaneous urban vegetation, the notion of novel ecosystems, soil development, and all facets of urban ecology. My projects are generally centered on creating new habitats, and on exploring innovative alternatives to the status quo. Follow the links for more information.
Re-imagining 50 Stokes Croft: urban renewal in Bristol
I had the honour to consult on the plant and soil specifications for a holistic design-build in Bristol, at the City Road gateway to Stokes Croft. Eudaimon's "defining urban ecology project" is transforming a tough, unloved urban site into a living, breathing place. Emphasis is placed on ecological design through materials, methods and ideas; plant selection includes species of cliffs and walls and even some endemics of the Avon Gorge. Learn more at Eudaimon's website.
Naturpark Tiroler Lech: Nature on the roof (Tirol, Austria)
Mature spontaneity: a survey of Granville Island's moss roofs (Vancouver, BC)
Habitat, urban agriculture and self-propelled delivery: YWCA rooftop garden (Vancouver, BC)
In addition to providing fresh + local produce for the women of Downtown Eastside, YWCA Vancouver
is keen to help out local wildlife and pollinators.
Chlorophyllocity advised on plant selection, placement, and
acquisition, as well as wildlife amenities. To learn more about the
YWCA rooftop garden, click here.
Species lists for green roofs and living walls in the Pacific Northwest (2006-2008)
As an ecologist, it's fun to work internationally because there is so much to learn! Working for NATS Nursery, a native plant nursery in Langley, BC, helped jump start my knowledge-base of the species and ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest biome, and collaborations with BCIT Centre for Architectural Ecology connected me with the local green roof industry. Below are some projects to which I contributed.
The Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion Project achieved its LEED Platinum rating for numerous reasons, including 6 ha of native species on its roof. NATS propagated all the plants in a peat-free potting mix, which involved much experimentation.
Paradise Cityscapes and NATS worked together in developing species lists for the various climates of Vancouver Island. The climate in Ucluelet (west coast), for example, presents new challenges for green roof plants.
NATS Nursery worked closely with Genevieve Noel (Mycelium Urban Biodiversity Interfaces) on developing species lists for outdoor living walls.