Dr James Ford is a CIHR Chair and associate professor in the department of geography at McGill University where he leads the Climate Change Adaptation Research Group. His work takes place at the interface between climate and society, and he is particularly interested in climate change vulnerability and adaptation. He leads a diversity of initiatives in this area, including projects focusing on Indigenous peoples and climate change (with a major focus on the Arctic), developing adaptation plans with communities and industry, and examining ways to create ‘usable’ science. Resource management, natural hazards, and health, are overarching topics within these themes. Along with his colleagues, he is also developing novel approaches to tracking climate change adaptation at global and regional levels, developing systematic review approaches in an environmental change context, and is involved in adaptation monitoring and evaluation debates. He is currently an editor at the journal Regional Environmental Change, and has contributed widely to the human dimensions scholarship.
Frank Duerden is a Professor Emeritus in the Department Geography at the University of Victoria. He has long standing interest and practical experience in the field of land and resource issues in northern and rural regions. He has advised a number of First Nations on a wide range of land and resource issues, and worked on land claims and land-use planning in northern Canada on environmental assessment in British Columbia, on Maori resource rights, and on land-use planning in northern Russia. He has written on sustainable development in northern Canada, northern land–use planning, land-claims, and economic development, and applications of geo-technology. Recently he has investigated community impacts of climate change in the Mackenzie Beaufort region, Yukon mining sector, and is currently involved in assessing community vulnerabilities to climate change in the Yukon. His primary interest is in applied research and the translation of concepts and ideas to the world of application.
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PROF. FRANK DUERDEN
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Evelyn Rodríguez is a M.A. Candidate in the Masters of Climate Change Adaptation Program at University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Her current research focuses on a systematic literature review to identify and describe how climate change adaptation by human systems is occurring in Australia. Prior joining USC, Evelyn worked with the Adaptation Fund NGO Network to monitor the progress of the Adaptation Fund’s Project in Honduras. She also worked with Germanwatch and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) in communications to Latin American stakeholders regarding the state of climate change international negotiations. Evelyn completed her BSc. with a double major in Biology and Psychology at Ave Maria University, Nicaragua and the United States. She is originally from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Central America.
Matthew Brown is an Honours student in the Sustainability Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Queensland, Australia. He recently completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science, majoring in Geography. His research focuses on documenting the interactions and relationships that coastal communities have with mangroves and ecosystem services, while developing an understanding of local and traditional ecological knowledge and quantifying changes in mangrove cover on the Sunshine Coast, Australia, including possible implications for coastal protection with sea level rise. Matthew is an assistant tutor in GEO201: Hydrology and Geomorphology at USC facilitating classroom activities and fieldwork.