Jean Holloway
Anna Chesnokova
Vice-Chair Finance

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.

Marie-Hélène Carignan
Vice-Chair Administration

I’m a newly graduated marine biologist with a keen interest for the polar environments and the people who live in it. I’ve recently completed my Master’s degree in Marine Biology at the Université du Québec à Rimouski on the topic of arctic zooplankton ecophysiology, for which I had the pleasure of spending a total of three months in Ny-Alesund, Svalbard, in 2016 and 2017. During my studies, I’ve become more and more interested in the human side of environmental sciences– communicating science to the public, students’ health (physical and mental), the impact of scientific activities on the general public, then more specifically on indigenous peoples, diversity in in science, and the list goes on! This past summer, I was hired as logistic coordinator for UQAR-ISMER team in the Comprehensive Coastal Habitat Research project in eastern James Bay, which was initiated based on the concerns and requests from the coastal Cree communities. I had the privilege of spending a total of three months in Eeyou Istchee for fieldwork and for outreach activities in the coastal communities' high schools


I am happy to be back for a second term on EhPECS board to contribute and share with other ECRs about the challenges and the privileges of working in polar sciences!

Bryn Dhir
Vice-Chair International Relations 2019-20

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.

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!

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!

Jacqueline Hung
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!

Gwyneth Anne MacMillan
Education and Outreach
Coordinator 2019-20

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.

Kruti Upadhyay

I, Kruti Upadhyay, am pursuing a part-time Ph.D. from Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. I am from a Mathematics background and have completed my bachelor’s and master's in Mathematics. My research area includes the study of Cryospheric science especially sea-ice. My current research is focused on the interlinkage between ocean atmospheric phenomena and sea-ice. I have also worked as a Junior Research Fellow (JRF) in a collaborative project entitled “Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Sea Ice Condition and Icebergs over the Polar Regions using Scatsat-1” with Space Applications Centre, ISRO. We have developed an operational technique of generation of sea ice images and sea ice area (derived from the images) using level-4 data from Indian Scatterometer SCATSAT-1. This is a technique has been developed and applied to generate super resolution (2.25 km) daily sea ice images over the Antarctic.

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.

Adam Kirkwood

2012-2018 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

Selena Raven Cordeau

Cécile de Sérigny

Shailyn Drukis

Mark Edwards

Benoit Faucher

Marianne Falardeau-Côté 

Matt Gale

Nikolaus Gantner

Meagan Grabowski

Jenna Gall

Laurent Gosselin

Lorelei Guery

Karen Hall

Adam Houben

Lawrence Hislop

Gabriela Ibarguchi

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

Melissa Ward




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