Trevor Lantz, Associate Professor

Trevor Lantz is a terrestrial ecologist who works at a variety of scales to understand environmental change in northern ecosystems. He and his students combine detailed field investigations, broad-scale change detection, spatial pattern analysis, and investigations focused on the traditional knowledge of local land users. By combining field investigations, regional mapping, and traditional knowledge, his research program seeks to link knowledge of key processes with data on landscape-level variation in critical drivers, and constraints.  Current research projects in the western Arctic focus on permafrost degradation, storm surges, shrub encroachment, catastrophic lake drainage, anthropogenic disturbance, and community-based environmental monitoring.

 

Tracey Proverbs, Masters Student
Tracey Proverbs Tracey is a recent graduate of McGill University, where she obtained a BA&Sc in Environment, with a minor in Geography. She brings into this position her passion for interdisciplinary, progressive projects that focus on socioecological aspects of changing ecosystems. Recently starting work in the lab, she has become involved in different projects, including contributing to understandings of vegetation change in areas of the north through analysis of lichen and plant distribution, and the maintenance of ground temperature datasets.
Kiyo Campbell, Masters Student
Kiyo Kiyo is a first year Masters student who completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph. Kiyo is studying the terrain conditions associated with recent vegetation and periglacial trends and how these changes impact the indigenous communities of Banks Island and the Mackenzie River Delta. He is also fascinated by the potential for collaboration between different knowledge systems in order to provide a more comprehensive understanding of natural processes, in addition to fostering more informed decision-making. In the past, Kiyo has assisted with the mapping of Traditional Land Use studies in different regions of Canada and has worked for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources assisting in the lands and resources components of an Aboriginal Land Claim negotiation.
Emily Cameron, Research Associate
Emily Cameron

Emily is a student-in-recovery who was recently finished a degree in Environmental Studies. She is currently working on various projects in association with the Arctic Landscape Ecology lab and the Northwest Territories Geoscience Office. She has enjoyed several years of work in Fort McPherson, the Mackenzie Delta, and Nahanni National Park Reserve.

Chanda Turner, Masters Student

Chanda Brietzke

Chanda is studying a charismatic rodent, the muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus), in the Mackenzie Delta. Her research project was motivated by previous work documenting Inuvialuit and Gwich’in residents’ observations of environmental change in the region. She was struck by the importance of these animals in the social, ecological, and economic systems in the Delta, as well as concerns surrounding substantial declines observed in muskrat populations. Chanda is working on a two-part thesis: the first part will look at local knowledge of muskrat populations, habitat, and harvesting through interviews and trips out on the land with local knowledge holders in order to characterize the nature and extent of observed changes. The second component will consists of an ecological study that will examine the relationships among biophysical parameters and muskrat habitat selection, in order to begin to understand the importance of different factors on muskrat populations in the Delta.

Paige Bennett, Research Assistant

Peach

Paige is a fourth year undergraduate student at UVic, majoring Geography with a minor in Environmental Studies. She is also completing an Honours thesis on media portrayals of climate change in Arctic regions. Through the Arctic Landscape Ecology Lab, she has partaken in two summer field seasons. Fieldwork she has participated in includes assisting Chanda with her Master’s research in lakes throughout the Mackenzie Delta, conducting NDVI and CIMP monitoring alongside the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway, and groundtruthing spruce growth and density imagery-based research in the Tuktoyaktuk region, among other projects. During Trevor's appointment as an Arctic Fulbright Scholar, Paige was involved in conducting research for the Arctic Fulbright Initiative, regarding how environmental change and cultural factors influence health and wellness in circumpolar regions. Paige’s research interests revolve around the impacts that environmental change has on both food and water security for Northern communities, through the lenses of both landscape and political ecology.

Nina Moffat, Research Assistant

Nina

Nina recently graduated from UVic with a major in Geography and a minor in Environmental Studies. She began working with the Arctic Landscape Ecology Lab in 2014 as a part of a directed study which used high resolution repeat air photos (from 1980 and 2013) to investigate vegetation change across several different terrain types in the Tuktoyaktuk Coastlands. Nina is currently involved with several different projects including 1) assessing the economic and physical vulnerability of three Alaskan communities to storm surge and sea level rise; 2) creating high resolution orthomosaics to assist monitoring areas experiencing rapid change; and 3) examining how spruce growth and density in the Tuktoyaktuk region has changed between 1980 and 2015.

Becky Segal, Research Assistant

Becky Segal

Becky recently graduated from UVic with a degree in Biology and Environmental Studies. She is interested in the ways that ecosystems respond to disturbances like climate change and infrastructure development, and what impacts these changes have on people. Over the past two years, she has been involved with several projects, including 1) studying retrogressive thaw slump distributions over differing geomorphic contexts and their rates of growth since the 1950s (using satellite imagery, airphotos, and GIS); 2) studying thaw slumps at a broader scale across the Western Arctic, in collaboration with the Northwest Territories Geoscience Office (using SPOT imagery); 3) collecting data for the Cumulative Impacts Monitoring Program (CIMP) that aims to monitor how various disturbed (drained lakes, seismic lines, sumps, etc) and undisturbed sites change over time (summer fieldwork); and 4) assisting Audrey Steedman with her investigation of ice wedge dynamics (summer fieldwork).