Briony Penn

Associate faculty

Environment & Sustainability

An award-winning writer of creative non-fiction books and contributor to anthologies and books, Dr. Briony Penn has been a feature writer and columnist for decades with more than 500 articles on environmental issues and natural history to her name. She has been published in newspapers, magazines, government publications, online news sources and peer reviewed journals. She’s written environmental guides and educational handbooks for teachers in BC and has worked as a naturalist with ecotour and educational operators for 25 years. Penn has received many awards for her work, including the national Environmental Learning award from Canadian Geographic. Penn is also a natural history illustrator/artist. Her unique pen and ink drawings have been used in educational and interpretive materials in many parks and museums in BC. A pioneer of “community mapping”, Penn has created and published numerous artistic community maps. Her sketch journals have appeared in a variety of publications.


A sessional lecturer at the University of Victoria for 20 years and an adjunct professor since 2006, Penn has taught and supervised at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has given workshops and lectured widely across BC on natural and cultural history and stewardship. A founding member of The Land Conservancy of BC, Penn has worked with local and provincial environmental and cultural organizations since 1991. Selected field schools Penn has designed and delivered include Xwaaqw’um Culture and Nature Camp, Cowichan First Nation; Stowell Lake Farm School; Deertrails Naturalist Training Camps; Qqs Science and Culture Camps, Heiltsuk First Nations; LIFE Vision Quest; Wetlands Institute, BC Wildlife Federation; and the Gulf Island Centre for Environmental Learning.


PhD in Geography

University of Edinburgh

Bachelor of Arts in Geography with minors in Anthropology and Visual Arts

University of British Columbia

Visual Arts Diploma

Banff School of Fine Arts


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