Our Team

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, Global & International Studies

Dr. Tristan Pearce

Dr. Tristan Pearce is a Tier II Canada Research Chair in the Cumulative Impacts of Environmental Change and Associate Professor in the Department of Global & International Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Canada. His research focuses on the cumulative impacts of environmental change, in particular the vulnerability and adaptation of communities and socio-ecological systems to climate change. He is currently working on these issues in partnership with communities in the Canadian Arctic, Pacific Islands region, and British Columbia. In particular, he has long-term research relationships with Inuit communities in the Canadian Arctic that span over sixteen years. Tristan takes a grassroots, ethnographic approach to research, which emphasises the importance of studying first hand what people do and say in particular contexts. 

Research Associate

David Fawcett

David Fawcett is a Research Associate at UNBC focused on the BEARWATCH project. This involves working together with communities in the Arctic to better understand the impacts of climate change on polar bears and the people who depend on them for subsistence. David's current work builds and expands upon his masters research that examined how climate change was experienced and responded to over time by Inuit hunters. This research involved taking a novel approach that led to a more dynamic understanding of vulnerability to climate change, including how socio-economic, cultural, environmental, and political factors interacted over time, and how the fluid processes of social learning and adaptation were undertaken in response.

PhD Candidate

Kerrie Pickering

Kerrie Pickering's PhD research focuses on the relationship between food security and human health under changing environmental conditions in Fiji. Her research interest stems from an international career as registered nurse. In 2016 Kerrie was awarded the first-ever Sustainability Doctoral Scholarship through a partnership with USC and Brock University, Canada. Kerrie is the President of the Ontario Nurses for the Environment Interest Group of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, Canada.

PhD Candidate

Angus Naylor

Angus is a PhD student at the University of Leeds’ Priestley International Centre for Climate in the United Kingdom. Having previously studied Earth sciences and social vulnerability at the University of Keele and University College London, his current research interests relate to the adaptability of the the Inuit mixed economy to climate change. His PhD, developed in collaboration with Dr. Tristan Pearce, is titled: ‘Tooniktoyok: The real-time monitoring of dynamic climate change vulnerability among Inuit hunters of Canada’s Far North’, and aims to develop new approaches to understanding vulnerability within social-ecological systems through the use of a novel GPS and participatory mapping methodology.

MA Candidate

Sarah Flisikowski

Sarah Flisikowski is a Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) candidate in the School of Environmental Studies at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. She worked as a research assistant at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, British Columbia during Winter 2020. Sarah's research focuses on polar bear co-management in the Canadian Arctic, including the mobilization of Inuit traditional knowledge in decision-making. Her research interests include knowledge transmission, Arctic wildlife management, and Inuit subsistence practices. Sarah completed a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences at Queen's University in 2018.

MSc Candidate

Jessica Smart

Jessica is a MSc Environmental Science student at the University of Northern British Columbia. Her research involves close collaboration with the coastal Inuit community of Ulukhaktok, NT. The work focuses on knowledge co-production of key subsistence marine species. Specifically, we are concerned with the health and movement of Arctic char under changing environmental conditions. Jessica hopes to combine methodologies from both social and natural science disciplines to better predict the future trajectory of the species and identify opportunities to inform fisheries co-management in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region.

BSc Honours

Halena Scanlon

Halena is a BSc Honours student at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Having specialised in Animal Ecology and Development Studies, she is interested in how indigenous peoples and wildlife experience and adapt to environmental change. Her honours research focuses on mapping iTaukei social values of Koroua Island, Nadroga-Navosa, Fiji using participatory GIS. The work aims to improve understanding of the implications of environmental change for local peoples and equip them with a decision-support tool that can be utilised in the development of more appropriate and inclusive environmental management strategies. She hopes to continue working in this area in the future.


Priestley Chair in Climate Change Adaptation, University of Leeds

Prof. James Ford

James Ford is the Priestley Chair in Climate Change Adaptation at the Priestley International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds. He is originally from Oldham, UK, and after doing his BA and MSc at Oxford, he moved to Canada to complete his PhD at the University of Guelph (2002-2006) before becoming a faculty member at McGill University in Montreal (2009-2017). He moved back across the pond in 2017 to take up a positon at the Priestley Centre, and as dual UK-Canada citizen maintain strong links with Canada.

Professor Emeritus, University of Victoria

Prof. Frank Duerden

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.

Adjunct Faculty, University of the Sunshine Coast

Brendan Doran

Brendan has been an Adjunct Professor at USC and the Sustainability Research Centre since 2014 when he retired to the Sunshine Coast after a policy and diplomatic career with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has a wide range of ongoing interests arising from his formal studies in politics, strategic studies and international law and his DFAT career path. These include foreign policy, strategic studies, peacekeeping, and international politics, relations and environmentally sustainable development issues and SDG achievement in the Asia-Pacific Region. His interest in sustainability also dates from work in DFAT on the international environmental agenda and a specialisation in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. He was awarded the Public Service Medal for his contribution to the negotiation of the Madrid protocol on the environmental protection of Antarctica.


BA Sustainability (2020)

Shelly Barber

Assisted with research dissemination materials for Fiji projects.

Bachelor of Journalism and Sustainability (2019)

Miguel Van Der Velden

Worked on the INDSPIRE project "School in a Modern Arctic" in Ulukhaktok and coordinated UN Conference of the Parties activities for the research group.

MA Geography (2019)

Supervisor: Dr. Harriot Beazley

Kristin Emanuelsen

Research examined the importance of sewing to Inuit women in Ulukhaktok as part of the Nunamin Illihakvia: Learning from the Land project.

MA Geography (2018)

Renee Currenti

Worked on several projects in Fiji including documenting iTaukei social values of the Sigatoka River, adaptation to climate change in Nawairuku (MA research) and Vusama villages. 

BA Sustainability (2018)

Roger Kitson

Worked on several projects in Fiji including documenting iTaukei social values of the Sigatoka River and adaptation to climate change in Nawairuku and Vusama villages.

MA Geography (2018)

Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Loseto

Elizabeth Worden

Worked with Inuvialuit in Aklavik in the western Canadian Arctic to understand changes in beluga whale harvesting over time.

MA Geography (2018)

Devin Waugh

Worked with Inuvialuit in Tuktoyaktuk in the western Canadian Arctic to document traditional ecological knowledge of beluga whale.

Bachelors, Tourism and International Business (2018)

Kate Whitaker

Coordinated the University delegation to COP24, International climate change negotiations, in Bonn, Germany.

Bachelor of Environmental Management (2018)

Erin McPhail

Assisted with research publications and was a delegate to COP 24, international climate change negotiations, in Bonn, Germany. 

MA Geography (2017)

Eric Lede

Worked with the community of Paulatuk in the western Canadian Arctic to understand the implications of social-ecological changes for livelihoods.

MA Geography (2017)

Genevieve Lalonde

Worked with Inuit in Ulukhaktok in the western Canadian Arctic to understand their perceptions of learning and vision for education in the community.

MSc Honours 2016

Mathew Brown

Engaged with Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Traditional Owners on the Sunshine Coast, Qld. Australia and remote sensing to map mangrove change on the Maroochy River.

BsC Honours (2016)

Rachele Wilson

Worked with Traditional Owners on the Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia on Indigenous land management and cultural heritage management.

MSc Geography (2016)

Colleen Parker

Worked with Inuit in Ulukhaktok in the western Canadian Arctic to understand stresses effecting the local food system and opportunities for adaptation. 

MA Geography (2016)

Linnaea Jasiuk

Worked with Inuit women in Ulukhaktok in the western Canadian Arctic to understand their perceptions and approaches to health.

MA Geography (2015)

Evelyn Rodriguez

Studied "how Australia is adapting to climate change" and co-authored the results of a systematic literature review on this topic in the journal Sustainability (2018).

BA Honours (2013)

Jenna Brown

Examined what role, if any public awareness and knowledge play in the valuation and conservation of sea turtles (Superfamily Chelonioidea) on the Sunshine Coast, Qld. Australia.

Bachelor of Journalism (2013)

Rowan Schindler

Worked on the Nunamin Illihakvia project in Ulukhaktok in the western Canadian Arctic as a project photographer, videographer and journalist. 

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