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PROF. FRANK DUERDEN
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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.
DR. TRISTAN PEARCE
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.
David Fawcett is a Senior Researcher 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. This 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.
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.
Frank Duerden is a Professor Emeritus in the Department Geography at the University of Victoria.
MA Geography 2017
Worked with the community of Paulatuk in the western Canadian Arctic to understand the implications of social-ecological changes for livelihoods.
MSc Honours 2016
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.
BA Sustainability 2018
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
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.
MA Geography 2018
Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Loseto
Worked with Inuvialuit in Aklavik in the western Canadian Arctic to understand changes in beluga whale harvesting over time.
BSc Honours 2016
Worked with Traditional Owners on the Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia on Indigenous land management and cultural heritage management.
MSc Geography 2016
Worked with Inuit in Ulukhaktok in the western Canadian Arctic to understand stresses effecting the local food system and opportunities for adaptation.
Bachelor of Environmental Management 2018
Assisted with research publications and was a delegate to COP 24, international climate change negotiations, in Bonn, Gernmany.
Bachelors, Tourism & Intl. Bus. 2018
Coordinated the University delegation to COP24, International climate change negotiations, in Bonn, Germany.
MSc Geography 2018
Worked with Inuvialuit in Tuktoyaktuk in the western Canadian Arctic to document traditional ecological knowledge of beluga whale.
BA Sustainability 2020
Assisted with research dissemination materials for Fiji projects.
MA Geography 2016
Worked with Inuit women in Ulukhaktok in the western Canadian Arctic to understand their perceptions and approaches to health.
Bachelor of Journalism 2013
Worked on the Nunamin Illihakvia project in Ulukhaktok in the western Canadian Arctic as a project photographer, videographer and journalist.
MA Geography 2017
Worked with Inuit in Ulukhaktok in the western Canadian Arctic to understand their perceptions of learning and vision for education in the community.
MA Geography 2015
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).
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.
Brendan Doran is adjunct faculty in the Sustainability Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
BA Honours 2013
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.
Sarah Flisikowski is a Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) candidate in the School of Environmental Studies at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Sarah's research focuses on evaluating polar bear monitoring methods in a changing Arctic. Her research interests include co-production of knowledge, Arctic wildlife management, and Inuit subsistence practices. Sarah completed a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences at Queen's University in 2018. During her time at Queen's, she worked as a head lifeguard and swimming instructor for the City of Kingston, propelled by her love of teaching and engaging with the Kingston community
MA Geography 2019
Supervisor: Dr. Harriot Beazley
Research examined the importance of sewing to Inuit women in Ulukhaktok as part of the Nunamin Illihakvia: learning from the land project.
Bachelor of Journalism & Sustainability 2019
Worked on the INDSPIRE project "School in a Modern Arctic" in Ulukhaktok and coordinated UN Conference of the Parties activities for the research group.
MIGUEL VAN DER VELDEN
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.
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.