IIS Research Associates: Dr. Doug Sobey

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Dr. Doug Sobey

Environmental biologist and ecologist
Belfast, Northern Ireland
& Bedeque, Prince Edward Island

Born and raised in Summerside, Dr. Doug Sobey is retired from Ulster University, where he spent his teaching career specializing in environmental biology and ecology. Since 1992, Sobey has been researching the present forests of P.E.I. and their past history through early survey records and maps. He is the co-author of Samuel Holland: His Work and Legacy, published by Island Studies Press.

In 2019, Dr. Sobey was awarded the Community Museums Association of P.E.I. (CMAPEI) annual Award of Merit for his work with the Bedeque Historical Society. Learn more

In 2020, Dr. Sobey was presented with the prestigious Award of Honourfor his lifetime of work studying and sharing Prince Edward Island’s natural and human heritage. For decades, Sobey has been studying the forests of Prince Edward Island and publishing his work in journals, government publications, and local magazines.


Samuel Holland: His Work and Legacy on Prince Edward Island
Earle Lockerby and Douglas Sobey

Island Studies Press | 2016
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The forests of the Island 300 years ago, and their use during the French Period
Tuesday Talks Series, Acadian Museum of PEI.
September 22, 2020 | Learn more

Mapping the Pre-settlement Forests of Prince Edward Island
IIS Island Lecture Series | September 2014

  • Acadian Settlement Found on Upton Farmlands (Upton Farm Trust Inc., October 15, 2007)
    • “Historian Dr. Doug Sobey’s research has discovered a 1752 census of PEI that shows seven Acadian families, bearing the names Daigre and Landry, lived and farmed on the shores of the North River on the Upton Farmland property.” – Read more


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