Our Team

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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. 


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.


MSc Candidate

Stephanie Chan

Stephanie is a MSc student of Environmental Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. Her project focuses on the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems in the western Canadian Arctic, through the study of Greenland cod in Ulukhaktok, NT. Stephanie's research integrates both scientific approaches and traditional ecological knowledge, with the aim of informing fisheries co-management. She hopes to pursue a career in marine conservation under the impacts of climate change and anthropogenic pressures.


PhD Candidate

Andrea Byrne

Andrea Byrne is a PhD student at the University of Northern British Columbia, where she is studying under the supervision of Dr. Tristan Pearce. Andrea’s PhD research will focus on natural assets and their relationship with a community’s adaptive capacity to climate change. From her background as a Registered Professional Biologist working in local government on climate change planning projects, Andrea has identified there is a significant need for tools that provide the true value of natural assets when making development decisions.  Through her research she hopes to assist local governments in valuing their natural assets and the improved resilience they provide to the community. Prior to her studies at UNBC, Andrea completed a Bachelors of Science degree at UBC and a Masters of Planning degree at the University of Waterloo.


MA Candidate

Annie King

Annie King is an MA student in Geography at the University of Northern British Columbia in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies. Her research focuses on Sahtu-Dene and Metis engagement in the remediation and reclamation process of the Norman Wells oilfield. Annie obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of Regina, where she held two NSERC grants assisting on a project studying the effects of farm ponds on the global carbon budget. She was also responsible for organizing and maintaining a citizen science project tracking water quality throughout the province of Saskatchewan.

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MSc Candidate

James Whitehead

James is a MSc student in Geography at the University of Northern British Columbia. His research focuses on evaluating how rural communities relate to and understand their vulnerability to wildfire as well as how this information can be used to better reduce community wildfire risk. After seven years working in wildfire suppression, James’ work will integrate a working knowledge of fire management in BC with qualitative research and an investigation of existing wildfire hazard assessment practises. James completed a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences at Quest University Canada before spending the next few years firefighting and chasing snow around BC.

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MA Candidate

Erin McPhail

Erin is a MA International Studies student at the University of Northern British Columbia. Erin’s research focuses on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on human livelihoods in Fiji. Her research is part of a global research project, the COVID Observatories, which is monitoring the interaction of pandemics, climate risks, and food systems among Indigenous Peoples. Erin completed a Bachelor of Environmental Management at the University of the Sunshine Coast and a Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedics) at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.


Research Assistant

Halena Scanlon

Halena is a BSc Honours student at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Having specialized in Animal Ecology and Development Studies, she is interested in how Indigenous peoples and wildlife experience and adapt to environmental change. Her honours research focused 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.


Associate Professor, University of Manitoba

Prof. Lisa Loseto

Lisa Loseto is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS) at the University of Manitoba and a Research Scientist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Winnipeg with the Arctic Aquatic Research Division. Her research focuses on characterizing beluga health to better understand ecosystem health in the Western Canadian Arctic. Working closely with the Inuit communities of the Western Arctic, the Inuvialuit, she works to better understand beluga diet, habitat use and climate change impacts combining both western science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK).


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.

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Adjunct Faculty, University of the Sunshine Coast

Brendan Doran

Brendan Doran 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.





MSc University of Northern British Columbia (2021)

Jessica Smart

Jessica MSc research involved working with the Inuit community of Ulukhaktok in the western Canadian Arctic to document Inuit knowledge and observations of Arctic char health and movement ecology under changing environmental conditions. 


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PhD University of the Sunshine Coast (2021)

Dr. Kerrie Pickering

Kerrie Pickering's PhD research focused on the relationship between food security and human health under changing environmental conditions in Fiji. 


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Research Associate (2020), MA Geography (2017)

David Fawcett

Worked on the BearWatch project which involved partnering with communities in the Arctic to better understand the impacts of climate change on polar bears and the people who depend on them. 


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BA Sustainability (2020)

Shelly Barber

Assisted with research dissemination materials for Fiji projects.


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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.


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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.


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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. 


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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).


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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.