Jean Holloway

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa, Canada. My research interests are focused, broadly, around determining how climate change is impacting various elements of the cryosphere in the Canadian Arctic, from permafrost to sea ice! I completed a MSc (Geography) at Queen’s University, where I worked in the Canadian High Arctic looking at features related to permafrost thaw, and during this time I fell in love with the North! After that, I joined the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics at the University of Ottawa where I completed my PhD focused on determining the impacts of forest fires on discontinuous permafrost in the south-western Northwest Territories, Canada. Now, for my postdoc, I've shifted gears and am part of the Environment, Society, and Policy Group and uOttawa, looking at how arctic shipping is changing and what impacts that has on the environment and the people living in the north!  

Over the course of my (early) career, especially since joining APECS in 2016, I have realized how important it is to think about research from a broader perspective. Is the science I'm doing useful to northern communities? How can I better communicate my results, or even better co-produce results? How is research being funded in our country, is it equitable? What opportunities are there for collaboration? Can we create unique opportunities for ECRs without reinventing the wheel? I am passionate about helping to answer some of these questions, while being open to feedback and learning, as I continue on my journey working in the North! 

I'm also involved in mental health advocacy, having struggled a lot during graduate school. Don't hesitate to reach out!

Gwyneth Anne MacMillan
Vice-Chair Administration

I love being outside and I love the winter, so I am passionate about doing fieldwork and have worked in northern Quebec in the boreal forest, the subarctic taiga, on the arctic tundra of Baffin Island and in the extreme Arctic of Nunavut. Due to a combination of remote fieldwork and arctic weather, I have now missed two important family weddings in the name of science! Like many of my colleagues, I am now working from home during the COVID pandemic and looking forward to travelling up north again as soon as it is possible and safe to do so. Currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University, I am interested in the impacts of environmental change on local Indigenous food systems in Northern Quebec, with a focus on moose in the Cree territories of Eeyou Istchee. I am interested in community-based and participatory research, aquatic ecology, contaminants, food webs, zooplankton, and science education. This is my third term on the ehPECS board and I have fostered many new connections and collaborations with the early-career researchers in the APECS network. I am excited about pursuing my multidisciplinary research, as well as my interest in science education & diversity issues in science, and, with APECS’s help, in working towards better relationships between southern researchers and northern Indigenous communities.

I am a gardener and environmental science grad living above the Arctic Circle in Inuvik, NWT. As someone curious about the world, I tend to go back and forth between the human and natural sciences. To me, they are inextricably connected. My research through McGill University has focused on anthropogenic stressors and their effects on population ecology and epidemiology. Currently, my work revolves around community-based storytelling. My perspective has been shaped through my travels around the world, community gardening in socially disadvantaged areas, and living in the Canadian North. I look forward to creating connections with the team throughout the APECS network and beyond.

Ines Sanchez

I am a PhD student at the University of Saskatchewan, working at the Environment and Sustainability school. I hold an undergrad in physics and two different masters, one in Meteorology and the second one in Water Resources. In my current research, I have as a goal to develop a computational model for infiltration in frozen soils. This research is focused on the complex cycle of freezing-thawing on soils, which is strongly related to the permafrost. In previous years, I worked for meteorological and nature conservation agencies and also on International initiatives as earth2observe project. I am confident that open collaboration is a crucial aspect to reach sustainability; indeed, my life turns around this philosophy. As a researcher and compute modeller, I believe that computational modelling and it's collaborative developing are an opportunity to generate more reliable and useful models outcomes for decision making. As part of ehPECS during this year, I am glad to support the collaborative learning initiatives on polar topics. I am also involved in the GIWS student association (Global Institute for Water Security), and I am e-volunteer with CUSO International, supporting the decision making for water resources conservation in developing countries, based on observational data and modelling outcomes. When I am not working on my research or other duties, I enjoy my bike, art movies and science fiction literature. I commit all my abilities, positivism and creativity, to work for the ehPECS goals!

Adam Kirkwood

I am a PhD student at Laurentian University, in Sudbury, Ontario. My current research is focussed on the transition of permafrost from continuous to discontinuous in the Hudson Bay Lowlands, focussing on permafrost mass wasting features that are newly appearing. I will also be investigating the concentrations of mercury stored in permafrost and permafrost thaw features, and the potential for it to be methylated through soil microorganisms, and how this mercury is transported through degrading permafrost environments. My masters research was also completed in the Hudson Bay Lowlands, the world’s second largest peatland with an immense amount of carbon stored. Here, I was researching how permafrost thaw led to environmental changes that were conducive to increased production of methane due to conditions that favoured soil microbes. In addition to northern research, I’m very passionate about environmental issues and continue to push for increased education and awareness about topics such as environmental sustainability, and climate change. Outside of academics, I greatly enjoy travelling (especially to places with ice and snow!), being outdoors, and working towards completing my commercial pilots licence in hopes to one day fly my own northern fieldwork campaigns.

Nina Morrell

I am a spatial ecologist who has built my career around understanding how resource use by wildlife and spatial data can be combined to meet biodiversity conservation goals. I earned a Master's of Science degree in wildlife ecology from the University of British Columbia in 2018, and I am currently working as a consultant and spatial analyst for Environmental Resources Management (ERM) based in Vancouver, BC. Much of my work at ERM has focused on barren-ground caribou movement ecology and assessing the effect of infrastructure development on caribou migration and behaviour in Nunavut and NWT. I spent the 2020 summer field season in Nunavut surveying the migratory behaviour of Qamanirjuaq caribou.


My background includes a variety of bird monitoring and survey skills and large mammal survey skills – including camera trapping and radio collaring – and comprehensive skills in geomatics and statistical analysis. Over the past several years I have worked on numerous projects related to biodiversity conservation mapping, including for the Nature Trust of British Columbia, Coastal Douglas-fir Conservation Partnership, Islands Trust, North Pacific Land-Conservation Co-operative, and the Capital Regional District.  My recent work has kindled a passion for Arctic wildlife and I am hoping to carry this fuel forward into a full career in Arctic research.

Élise Devoie
Vice-Chair International Relations

I am a PhD candidate in environmental engineering at the University of Waterloo. My focus is hydrological and thermal modelling in permafrost environments. The goal of my thesis is to improve the understanding of discontinuous permafrost thaw using modelling tools I have developed and data I have collected at the Scotty Creek Research Station in the southern Northwest Territories. With my Bachelor’s in math, I have a clear modelling focus, but I insist on doing my own fieldwork because it allows me to get a necessary understanding of the system. In my first field season I discovered that there is no place that feels more like home than the remote North, and I can’t turn back. I will come up with any excuse to get out onto the land and live my research! 

I have found that the most fruitful work comes from collaborations and communication between research groups and disciplines. I regularly bridge the gap between field and modelling groups, and take every opportunity I can get to go out on the land and learn from traditional land users. I hope to build on these collaborations in the future, and want to aim my research at questions that are relevant not only to scientists, but also to Northerners.

Jacqueline Hung
Coordinator 2020-21

I am a PhD student at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. I fell in love with the North and Arctic research after conducting my Master's research in the Western Canadian High Arctic. My Master's work at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario focused on the spatial and temporal patterns of soil nitrogen and carbon exchange in Arctic wetlands, and I will be building on this for my doctoral research by examining seasonal controls on plant-available nutrients and greenhouse gas exchange in Arctic ecosystems. My research is based out of the Cape Bounty Arctic Watershed Observatory in Nunavut. I am excited to be joining the APECS Canada Board and look forward to promoting Arctic research and collaborating with other likeminded Canadians!

Melissa Weber
Education and Outreach
Coordinator 2020-21

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa in Canada. My research interests are focused around marine tourism, marine policy, and Arctic shipping. I have visited and worked with three Nunavut communities (Coral Harbour, Gjoa Haven, and Iqaluit) where I co-led youth training and co-facilitated workshops, interviews, and focus group discussions. I really enjoy working in Nunavut with communities and local youth. My current research is focused on tourism development around the Wrecks of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site near the community of Gjoa Haven, Nunavut. I am passionate about community-based research and working with communities to achieve a common goal. Outside of academia, I love to travel and spend time with my family. I am very excited for the opportunity to join the APECS Canada Board!

I am an MSc student at Carleton University in Ottawa, where I am studying the relationship between the ice shelves of northern Ellesmere Island and freshwater melt from their adjacent coastal watersheds. Every spring, a large volume of snow and glacial meltwater flows into the ocean from the land, pooling behind and flowing beneath the coastal ice. My research goal is to model and investigate how a changing climate has affected the production of meltwater in the these watersheds, and its role in the loss of Ellesmere Island's ice shelves.


Having studied geology as an undergraduate student, I first traveled to the North while working in mineral exploration, but I have since shifted my career focus to studying the complex systems that make climate change so prevalent in the Arctic. I am fascinated by the infinite complexity of nature, and in understanding the role that humans play within it. In
my view, facing global problems like climate change in a way that benefits all people requires more than scientific understanding: it requires an appreciation of how society fits into the global system, and how we all (including scientists!) interact with one another.


I hope that as part of the APECS Canada board I can help smooth the path for others looking to begin working in Polar research, and play a part in making the community more welcoming to all.

I am a master’s student at the Université de Montréal specializing in biodiversity management and sustainable development. Prior to my master’s studies, I graduated from the University of Ottawa in Biology. During my undergrad, I received a scholarship to study molecular/developmental biology using mutant zebrafish. I also spent some time in the Northern American desert conducting studies on how the aridity affects biodiversity along a latitudinal gradient. Finally, during my last year of undergrad, I studied the link between coloration and parasite load in freshwater turtles. Following my studies, I worked as a biologist in numerous conservation areas, and became a member of the Association des Biologistes du Québec. I hope to spend most of my future research efforts finding new ways to adapt to climate change and continue contributing to species conservation. I am very excited to be part of the APECS Canada board this year and to collaborate with other passionate scientists eager to promote polar science research! 

Marianne Falardeau-Côté
Marianne Falardeau-Côté

I am a postdoctoral fellow at Université Laval, with a joint appointment in the Department of Social and Preventive Health and in the Department of Biology. I hold a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Sciences from McGill University, as well as a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Biology from Université Laval. I am interested in marine ecology and conservation, climate change and other human-caused pressures on ecosystems, sustainability, ecosystem approaches to health, and community-collaborative research.

My current research focuses on marine ecosystems in the context of climate change in the Arctic, and the importance of marine resources for health and food security in northern coastal communities. My research further aims to guide sustainable management of Arctic marine ecosystems and resources. I have a transdisciplinary approach to research, where different types of knowledge and academic disciplines interweave. I am also an eager science communicator, and I share about my own research and science in general through articles, conferences, short films, interactive workshops, and new media.

Bronte McPhedran

I am currently a Master's student at the University of Waterloo with a keen interest in aquatic ecology, specifically fish, contaminants, and water resources. My undergraduate and graduate work has been based in the Arctic which has expanded my scientific curiosity and allowed me to discover how incredible the Canadian North is!

I am passionate about learning and contributing to diverse research teams and projects. As a new member of the APECS Canada board I hope to gain insight on the intricacies of collaborative research projects and meet people with similar goals of good, inclusive, science. 

I will be working on the education and outreach team. I am excited to use my creativity to plan events during this virtual year!

2012-2019 APECS Canada Board Members

Many thanks to the past Board Members for APECS Canada 2012-2018:


Matthew Ayre

Ann Balasubramaniam

Alexandre Bevington

Leah Beveridge

Louise Blight

Harry Borlase

Kristina Brown

Tonya Burgers

Lauren Candlish

Louise Chavarie

Anna Chesnokova

Selena Raven Cordeau

Cécile de Sérigny

Bryn Dhir

Shailyn Drukis

Mark Edwards

Benoit Faucher 

Matt Gale

Nikolaus Gantner

Meagan Grabowski

Jenna Gall

Laurent Gosselin

Lorelei Guery

Karen Hall

Adam Houben

Lawrence Hislop

Gabriela Ibarguchi

Marie-Hélène Carignan

Rebecca Klady

Kimberley Keats

Jennie Knopp

Kaitlin Kok

Daniel Lamhonwah

Martine Lizotte

Rebecca Mearns

Andrew Medeiros

Allyson Menzies

Melissa McKinney

Michael Moloney

Jean-Sébastien Moore

Marney Paradis

Kristen Peck

Vladislav Petrusevich

Pauline Pic

Daniel Pomerants

Jennifer Provencher

Jill Rajewicz

Breanne Reinfort

Pascale Ropars

Vicki Sahanatien

Ciara Sebastian

Moritz Schmid

Evgeniia (Jen) Sidorova

Gurpreet Singh

Antonia Sohns

Heidi Swanson

Laura Thomson

Niki Trudeau

Alexandra Taylor

Jana Tondu

Christiane Uherek

Kruti Upadhyay

Melissa Ward

Esty Willcox