Skye Augustine

Skye Augustine, BSc, MSc Candidate

Skye Augustine (Hwsyun’yun) grew up on Vancouver Island and is a West Coaster through and through. Her family is from the Stz’uminus nation although she also has a rich Swedish heritage. Her primary interests focus on marine conservation and the needs of local peoples, particularly how these may be affected by climate change. She has worked for Parks Canada on issues relating to aboriginal harvesting and resource management in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve as well as on national climate change campaigns for the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition. Skye is also an avid biker, climber and SCUBA diver. Skye completed her BSc Honours degree in Geography at the University of Victoria and is now an MSc Candidate. Her research aims to better understand longitudinal changes to the sustainability of SCUBA diving in Phuket, Thailand. Her work is a part of Project IMPAACT: Improving Marine Protected Areas on the Andaman Coast of Thailand under a Climate Change Regime and ultimately aims to aid in the development of management strategies that promote the effective conservation of marine resources in Thailand. Her work has been supported by SSHRC, the Dr. David & Dorothy Lam Scholarship in Geography, and the Ajaib Singh Sangha Memorial Scholarship.

Selected Awards:

  • SSHRC Graduate Scholarship
  • Dr. David & Dorothy Lam Scholarship in Geography
  • Ajaib Singh Sangha Memorial Scholarship


  • Augustine, S. Dearden, P. In Press. A new management paradigm in marine and coastal conservation: A case study of clam gardens in the southern Gulf Islands. Canadian Geographer.
  • Dearden, P. Revised: Augustine, S. In Press. “Greenpeace.” The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Foundation.
  • Augustine, S. 2011. Clam gardens in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve: Mired in the past or pathway to the future? BSc Honours Thesis. University of Victoria. Victoria BC. pp.138

Conference Presentations:

  • Augustine, S., Dearden, P. 2011. Dialogue on clams: Tensions arising between national park policies and the re-introduction of Indigenous clam gardens in Canada’s national parks.  International Marine Conservation Congress. Victoria, BC. May.
  • Augustine, S., Dearden, P. 2011. Clam gardens and protected areas: Conversations about First Nations, ecological integrity, and active management in national parks. American Association of Geographers Annual Conference. Seattle, Washington. April.
  • Augustine, S., Dearden, P. 2011. Digging in the sand: Exploring the conflict between indigenous rights and biodiversity conservation through aboriginal clam gardens. Regional Conference, Western Division Canadian Association of Geographers Conference. Vancouver, March.
  • Augustine, S. 2010. Protected area management trends: A theoretical examination of First Nations clam gardens and National Parks. Geography Conference, Bridging the Gap Conference. Victoria, November.
  • Augustine, S. 2010. Examining the role of First Nations people in active management practices within protected areas: Clam garden re-establishment in Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Regional Conference, Western Division Canadian Association of Geographers Conference, Edmonton, March.

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