I am a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa, Canada. My research interests are focused around determining how permafrost is responding to climate change in the Canadian Arctic. After completing my MSc (Geography) at Queen’s University, I joined the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics at the University of Ottawa. At Queen’s, 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!
My current research is focused on determining the impacts of forest fires on discontinuous permafrost in the south-western Northwest Territories, Canada. Little work has been done to quantify the impacts of fire on permafrost in this region, even though the increasing frequency and magnitude of fires has the potential to accelerate permafrost loss.
Working on large multi-disciplinary projects in northern communities has made me realize that science communication is a vital part of conducting research, and I strive to make this an important part of my projects moving forward.
I am a MSc student at Université du Québec à Rimouski in Biology, where I’ve also completed a BSc in Biology and Marine Sciences, during which I spent a semester studying Arctic Marine Ecology at the University in Tromsø, Norway. My current research project focuses on the metabolic response of arctic zooplankton facing ocean warming and marine heatwaves, for which I had the pleasure to complete two field campaigns in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard. Although I have mostly focused on Biology through my academic journey, I am truly fascinated by Science in a very general sense, not only as a variety of disciplines but also as a community and an opportunity to connect through a common goal. My passion for Polar Science is simply the synergistic result of my enthusiasm for sciences and my very Canadian love for winter and cold climates, which is why I gladly join the ehPECS board this year. I am also involved in UQAR’s Nordic Committee, which aims to promote UQAR’s research excellence axis of Nordicity, and volunteer as often as I can in outreach and education events that promote science and inclusivity in the scientific community, like science fairs and Girls in Science events.
I am an advocate for the health of the planet as it directly effects the health of humans and all living matter on Earth. My degree from the University of Toronto in Geography and Fine Art provided a foundation for impactful experiences and opportunities. After working and travelling around the globe, I experienced firsthand the effects of climate change on human health, where often, the more rural and extreme communities in the polar regions, Canada’s Arctic, Tibet, as well as those along the Equator, have experienced the effects of climate change the most. I was motivated to continue my learning and understanding of human and environmental health by attending medical school with the goal to provide medical aid as a physician in those communities with vulnerable patient populations, while also advocating for sustainable environmental practices. My leadership, research and experiences include: Public Health Agency of Canada, Government of Canada, Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto, Antarctic and Arctic expeditions with Students on Ice, Johns Hopkins University, The Arctic Assembly, the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research, APECS, American College of Emergency Physicians, Academic Life in Emergency Medicine, as well as clinics and outreach in the Caribbean and North America. Interests include: proteomics, climate science and health impacts, neuroscience, emergency and wilderness medicine, imaging, disaster management, hospital administration, youth leadership skill development, and educating students around the world as a Scientist with the Skype A Scientist program. I am fueled by adventure and curiosity with off-the-beaten-paths in Patagonia, Easter Island, the high Arctic, Tibet, China, India, North and South America, and Antarctica (though my favorite place will always be Saaqqayaaq-Qikirtasiit, Nunavut). When not in the lab or clinic, I can be found in the ocean kayaking, on the field playing ultimate frisbee, or climbing a mountain. I am thrilled to serve the board because communication and collaboration is integral in promoting science and advancing research in the polar regions.
I am a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at University of Regina, Canada. My current research interests include advocating for Indigenous environmental sustainability in the Arctic, food security in the Arctic, Indigenous energy management, decolonization, Indigenous reconciliation, community-based research, and cross-cultural community empowerment. As an Indigenous scholar, I have developed a strong understanding of relational research frameworks from my 15 years of working experience with various Indigenous and cross-cultural communities in Canada, USA, Finland , India, and Bangladesh. I have a total of 29 peer-reviewed publications on Indigenous land-water and sustainabilities issues, and my recent book, Indigenous Perspectives on Land-Water Management and Sustainability, published with Routledge. Currently I am editing two books titled Responsibilities for land and reconciliation is under-contract with University of Toronto Press and Reconciliation in Practice: A Cross-cultural Perspectives is in press with Fernwood Publishing.
I am a glaciologist, a hydrologist, a geomorphologist and an environmental scientist. Currently, I am working on my PhD project at École de technologie supérieure in Montreal for which I am studying the impacts of environmental changes on the hydrology of glacierized watersheds, from sub-watershed to regional scale, in the St. Elias Mountains, Southwestern Yukon. Throughout my research career in Russia and Switzerland, I also had the opportunity to work on projects investigating the hydrology of glacierized catchments in the Caucasus, the Himalaya and the Alps. I have always been fascinated by the cryosphere and Nordic hydrological processes, and spending time in these regions and working with local communities made me want to understand better how environmental changes affect the sustainability of ecosystems and populations. It also made me want to spend more energy on science outreach and convinced me that interdisciplinary collaborations are one of the key ingredients of fruitful academic research. I am excited to join the APECS Canada board and look forward to collaborating with and learning from other young polar researchers!
Vice-Chair Communications 2019-20
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!
Education and Outreach
I love being outside and I love the winter, so I am passionate about doing fieldwork and have worked in northern Quebec on 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! Currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University, I am interested in climate change impacts on local Indigenous food systems in Northern Quebec (Eeyou Istchee and Nunavik). I am interested in aquatic ecology, contaminants, food webs, zooplankton, science education and community-based research. As an early career researcher, I have fostered many new connections and collaborations with the innovative young 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 building better relationships between southern researchers and northern Indigenous communities.
I am a PhD student at the University of Manitoba focusing on sea ice biogeochemistry. My first experience of the Arctic was moving to Longyearbyen in Svalbard where I worked as a hiking guide and studied at UNIS. I wrote my BSc (hons) thesis on the distribution of stable water isotopes (δ18O, δD) in landfast sea ice in Dicksonfjorden at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), part of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). I completed a MSc Glaciology from the University of Aberystwyth in Wales with a thesis discussing the potential of infrared timelapse imagery for describing glacial meltwater plumes as compared to using more traditional visual spectrum timelapse with fieldwork in Ny-Ålesund. Now in Winnipeg, I would like to answer some of the fundamental questions on gas solubility and brine behaviour in sea ice by experiment. I enjoy being multidisciplinary while concentrating on ice-ocean interactions, whether glacial or sea ice. I have also worked as a dog sledding guide in the Scandinavian Arctic and lived in Fairbanks Alaska.
I am currently working towards the completion of my Master of Environmental Studies degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON under the supervision of Dr. Alison Blay-Palmer. My research contributes to increased food security and climate change resilience in communities across Canada’s northern regions. Through working closely with the community of Kakisa, NT, I have developed a community-based web-map to monitor physical landscape changes using a participatory action research approach. The development of this map used a combination of traditional knowledge and community photographs that can be continuously added to by members of the community to document changes in landscape characteristics as a result of climate change. In addition to my research I help lead the Early Career Researchers group of the Cold Regions Research Centre in Waterloo, ON and take on my role as an ArcGIS Ambassador supporting K-12 mapping initiatives with local schools.
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!
Many thanks to the past Board Members for APECS Canada 2012-2018:
Selena Raven Cordeau
Cécile de Sérigny
Evgeniia (Jen) Sidorova