BJourn Honours 2013
Rowan Schindler is a recent graduate from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and History. He is endlessly fascinated by the lives and tales of people as well as their relationship, knowledge, appreciation and experience of the natural world. In the February of 2014, Rowan was a key contributor in the documentation of the Nunamin Illihakvia project based in the arctic community of Ulukhaktok. The documentary illustrated the importance of traditional knowledge to Inuit livelihoods in the Canadian Arctic through a community driven project to revitalize their relationship with the land. This experience has led Rowan to develop key relationships across Canada, which he expressed through his final degree project titled ‘ The land of the long white cold’. Never far from his camera, Rowan has a drive for experience and adventure. His focus and vision for the future is to continue developing his skills and knowledge, and continue his work on projects which he sees deliver useful and practical outcomes.
Vicky O’Rourke is a First Class Honours Graduate from the Regional and Urban Planning program at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Her research focuses on community engagement and social equity in achieving sustainable planning outcomes. Recent work includes exploring the rapid tourism growth in Cambodia and how it is driving the need for sustainable planning and development in the coastal areas, to protect environmental values while enhancing economic growth. This research has been supported by The Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia.
Linnaea Jasiuk is a M.A. Candidate in Geography at the University of Guelph. Linnaea’s work partners with the community of Ulukhaktok, NWT to examine Inuit women’s conceptualizations of and approaches to health in adaptation to climate change. Holding a bachelor’s of environmental sciences Linnaea brings an interdisciplinary perspective to addressing the health gap experienced by Canadian Inuit as climate change imposes. Having completed data collection in 2014, Linnaea continues to work with the community of Ulukhaktok to develop the research results into ready to use communication and health promotion material that compliments existing programs in the community. Her research is a part of the Inuit Traditional Knowledge for Adapting to the Health Effects of Climate Change, IK-ADAPT project and is supported by the Nasivvik Center for Inuit Health and Changing Environments.
Geneviève Lalonde is a M.A. Candidate in Geography at the University of Guelph. Her research seeks to contribute to the cultural negotiation of education among Inuit in the Canadian Arctic by examining adaptations, which are currently in use, and those desired by Inuit and educators, to better represent Inuit culture and modes of learning in education. The research builds on previous experiences examining perceptions of learning success among younger generation Inuit in Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories. The research will be conducted in partnership with community. Geneviève is a recent graduate from the Bsc. Env. Geography at the University of Guelph. She hails from the Acadian community in Moncton New Brunswick.
Colleen Parker is a MSc. Candidate in Geography at the University of Guelph. Working in collaboration with the community of Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, her research examines Inuit food security in light of climate change and examines adaptation options. Her research is part of IK-ADAPT: Inuit Traditional Knowledge for Adapting to the Health Effects of Climate Change project. Prior to her graduate work, Colleen studied Environmental Biology at the University of Guelph.
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Ms Rachele S. Wilson
BSc. Hons. (Land, Parks & Wildlife Mgmt); BSc. (EnvSci & Sustainability)
Rachele Wilson is a research assistant, PhD candidate and tutor in the School of Science at the University of the Sunshine Coast and holds a first class Honours degree in land, parks and wildlife management. She is also the President of USC Eco, a student group that facilitates environmental thought and action on campus. Rachele’s research focusses on how urbanisation and fragmentation influence socio-ecological systems. Her Honours research examined the roles, opportunities and challenges for Indigenous land management in peri-urban landscapes through a collaborative research partnership with Kabi Kabi Traditional Owners on the Sunshine Coast. Presently, she works at the Sustainability Research Centre to strengthen this relationship by co-developing ongoing research with Traditional Owners and research students. Her previous research investigated the effects of habitat fragmentation on plant-pollinator interactions. This interest is continued in her PhD, a bioinformatics study of Australian native bee foraging patterns in natural and disturbed habitats.
BA Honours 2013
Jenna Brown graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) with a Bachelor of Arts Honours with a major in Sustainability. Her Honours research examined the role of public awareness and knowledge in the valuation and conservation of sea turtles on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Jenna is currently completing a Bachelor of Education at USC and plans to bring her passion for wildlife and environmental conservation to the classroom.
Devin Waugh is an M.A. student in the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph. His research will examine the human ecology of beluga whales among Inuit living in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR), including examining changes in the Beaufort Sea ecosystem that affect beluga and beluga hunting. This research is part of the ArcticNet Project "Knowledge co-production for the identification and selection of ecological, social and economic indicators for the Beaufort Sea." Devin completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph in International Development. He has applied his knowledge through his work with Acaté Amazon Conservation, a small development NGO working with the Matsés people of Peru on a number of economic, cultural and health initiatives.