Dr. Tristan Pearce
Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Cumulative Impacts of Environmental Change
Dept. Geography, Earth, and Environmental Sciences
Dr. Tristan Pearce is an Associate Professor and the Canada Research Chair in the Cumulative Impacts of Environmental Change 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 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. Dr. Pearce takes a grassroots, ethnographic approach to research, which emphasizes the importance of studying first hand what people do and say in particular contexts, and considers multiple ways of knowing and understanding people's relationships with the environment and how it is changing.
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.
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.
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.
Halena is a Masters of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (MNRES) student at the University of Northern British Columbia. Her research focuses on engaging Inuit Traditional Knowledge to better understand the impacts of climate change on Arctic marine species. Halena received a Bachelor of Arts and Science (Hons.) from the University of the Sunshine Coast where she specialised in Development Studies and Ecology. She also obtained a Graduate Certificate in GIS and Remote Sensing from Charles Sturt University.
Yanik is an MA student in Environmental Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies. Her research focuses on nature-based solutions for adaptation to the cumulative impacts of climate change and human activities through a case study of a marine protected area in Fiji. She received a Bachelor of International Development Studies from the University of Guelph where she specialized in Environmental Development. She has worked with informal settlement communities throughout Fiji in adapting to climate change and has also worked as a project coordinator for the St. Lawrence River Strategy:
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.
Adjunct Faculty, University of the Sunshine Coast
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.
PhD University of Leeds (2022)
Dr. Angus Naylor
Angus completed his PhD at the University of Leeds’ Priestley International Centre for Climate in the United Kingdom. His doctoral thesis focused on the real-time monitoring of dynamic climate change vulnerability among Inuit hunters in Ulukhaktok, NT, Canada. He developed new approaches to understanding vulnerability within social-ecological systems through the use of a novel GPS and participatory mapping methodology.
MSc University of Northern British Columbia (2021)
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.
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.
Research Associate (2020), MA Geography (2017)
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.
BA Sustainability (2020)
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
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)
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)
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
Worked with Inuvialuit in Aklavik in the western Canadian Arctic to understand changes in beluga whale harvesting over time.
MA Geography (2018)
Worked with Inuvialuit in Tuktoyaktuk in the western Canadian Arctic to document traditional ecological knowledge of beluga whale.
Bachelors, Tourism and International Business (2018)
Coordinated the University delegation to COP24, International climate change negotiations, in Bonn, Germany.
Bachelor of Environmental Management (2018)
Assisted with research publications and was a delegate to COP 24, international climate change negotiations, in Bonn, Germany.
MA Geography (2017)
Worked with the community of Paulatuk in the western Canadian Arctic to understand the implications of social-ecological changes for livelihoods.
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.
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.
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.
MA Geography (2016)
Worked with Inuit women in Ulukhaktok in the western Canadian Arctic to understand their perceptions and approaches to health.
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).
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.
Bachelor of Journalism (2013)
Worked on the Nunamin Illihakvia project in Ulukhaktok in the western Canadian Arctic as a project photographer, videographer and journalist.