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.

 

Angel Chen, Masters Student
Angel Chen Angel is excited to be pursuing graduate studies after recently completing her BSc in Renewable Resource Management at the University of Saskatchewan. The Arctic is warming drastically and Angel is interested in the implications of this on tundra ecosystems at different scales. Combining remote sensing, aerial survey, and field methods, she is characterizing how climate and fire trends are changing vegetation structure in the Western Canadian Arctic, and specifically in the Tuktoyaktuk region. Previously working as a market researcher to mobilize research innovations, ​Angel is passionate about the intersection between technology and natural science, and how data visualization and content creation can be used for storytelling and science communication.
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 Masters student studying spatial and topographic variation in vegetation and surface water changes on Banks Island, Northwest Territories. He is interested in understanding how recent shifts in ecological components are creating new ecological outcomes, especially in more vulnerable high Arctic systems. 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 worked for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, assisting in the lands and resources components of an Indigenous Land Claim negotiation.
Karen Dunmall, Postdoctoral Researcher
Emily Cameron

Karen is a Liber Ero postdoctoral fellow studying biodiversity shifts of fishes in the Canadian Arctic. Salmon, which are potentially colonizing the Arctic fringes of their distributions, are a group of biologically, culturally and economically relevant indicator species that may highlight colonization pathways facilitating northward expansions for other species. Her research builds on her experiences leading a community-based monitoring program, called Arctic Salmon, which monitors generally increasing abundance and widening distribution trends for salmon across the Canadian Arctic. By combining a novel, Arctic application of citizen science with landscape pattern and genetic seascape analyses, she is developing an approach to predict northward aquatic colonizations of fishes that effectively connects subsistence and science. Karen also leads an Arctic coastal program as an Aquatic Biologist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Follow the research: www.facebook.com/arcticsalmon.

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.

Hana Travers-Smith, Research Assistant
Hana Hana is a third year undergraduate student at UVic, majoring in Geography with a minor in Statistics. She joined the Arctic Landscape Ecology Lab as a Research Assistant for her second co-op work term. To date, she has helped with a variety of projects in the lab. She will be starting a directed studies in the fall comparing the spatial pattern of white spruce and green alder distributions.