Danica Long

Danica Long
Project Coordinator, Edmonton

We are pleased to introduce you to Danica Long, BSc.

Danica completed her Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria in 2019, joining the SYLVIS team shortly thereafter. She brings a diverse background to SYLVIS, having undertaken multiple co-op terms, work studies, and hands-on courses throughout her degree. Danica spent two summers as a field technician, surveying ecosystem biodiversity across Alberta. She also worked with the Canadian Forest Service, assisting researchers who are developing strategies for oil sands reclamation.

Danica’s field studies focused on coastal ecologies, where she spent time on Vancouver Island’s West Coast researching gray whale biogeography. She also had the opportunity to participate in an ethnoecology field course, learning field survey methods that engage with the deep social and ecological histories of Tl’ches, a small island off the coast of Victoria, British Columbia. This course took place in partnership with the Songhees First Nations on their traditional territory in and around what is now known as Victoria. Danica is passionate about digging deeper into the intersections of social, cultural, and ecological well-being, and believes that environmental solutions will ultimately stem from the strength of the relationships we have with each other and with our environment.

As a relatively new member to SYLVIS, Danica quickly became a key support for the BIOSALIX project, an innovative mine reclamation project located at Paintearth Mine, near Forestburg, Alberta. Danica’s primary responsibilities as an Environmental Technician include conducting soil, water, and vegetation sampling, coordinating and supervising biosolids delivery, assisting with operational needs, and report writing. Beyond BIOSALIX, Danica has played an important role in carrying out the environmental monitoring program at the Obed Mountain Mine Biosolids Demonstration Site.

Outside of work, Danica has many loves: people, food, mountain biking, downhill skiing, hiking, gardening, playing music, and finding quiet moments for reflection. When not at work, she can be found camping, ripping up local mountain bike trails, curled up reading a book, cooking tasty meals at home, or sharing delicious food and drinks with friends and family.