Nancy Shackelford


Academic Director of the Restoration of Natural Systems Program, UVic

I am a native Texan, having settled here in the beautiful lands of the Lekwungen peoples in 2020 to take on the position of Academic Director of the Restoration of Natural Systems Program at UVic. In my research, I am primarily an ecologist and data analyst. I aim to enhance the predictability and success of restoration outcomes through experiments, observation, and synthesis. In my Directorship, my role involves supporting restoration projects regionally by fostering active partnerships between academia, students, and the community. I am new to the Living Lab Network, and am happy to discover how I can help meet the goals and support the spirit of this group. Ecosystem restoration is an effort to not only restore the spaces that we have damaged, but also to reconnect with our natural environment. I’m excited to share the hopefulness and excitement of environmental stewardship.