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.

 

Zander Chila, Masters Student

Zander Chila

Zander is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia, where he obtained a BSc in Biology. He comes to the Arctic Landscape Ecology lab with experience investigating the impacts of environmental change on ecological community structure. His MSc research at UVic focuses on the cultural history of salmon harvest in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR). His work engages harvesters in each of the six communities in the ISR to: 1) understand when people started catching this “weird” fish, 2) to identify the environmental variable affecting the Arctic salmon harvest, and 3) to explore what it all for means fishing livelihoods in the ISR. This work is being conducted in partnership with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Dr. K. Dunmall), the Fisheries Joint Management Committee, and the HTCs of Inuvik, Aklavik, Tuktoyaktuk, Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour and Ulukhaktok.

Nicola Shipman, Masters Student

Nicola Shipman

Nicola Shipman was born in Basel, Switzerland to two West-Coast-grown Canadians. Growing up in the concrete jungle of southern Ontario, she lived for summer vacations in BC, which offered access to mountain hiking and perpetual ocean swimming. At the first opportunity, she fled west to Kelowna, BC where she completed a BSc with Honours in Zoology from the University of British Columbia – Okanagan. After graduating, Nicola dabbled in marine endeavours, working as an At-Sea Fisheries Observer and a Field Naturalist and a Deckhand/Dive Tender/Cook for the Pacific Wild film crew in the Great Bear Rainforest. After testing the waters – literally - she made the change permanent and settled in Victoria. Nicola is fascinated by changes in ecological processes resulting from climate change and their impacts on wildlife populations and habitats. Her MSc research explores how marine storm surges in the Beaufort Delta region are the affecting habitat for Arctic shorebirds.

Jordan Seider, Masters Student
Jordan Seider Originally from Toronto, Jordan completed his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Earth Science at the University of Waterloo. After several co-op placements, including a winter/spring field season in the subarctic of northern Manitoba, Jordan realized his interests lie in Arctic science and research. Jordan grew up building snow forts in the front yard and in the years since has seen the amount of winter snow accumulation dwindle in southern Ontario. Witnessing the impacts of climate change has led Jordan to pursue a future in research and understanding this changing world. He has left the urban jungle of Toronto and is keen on working in the remote ecosystems of northern Canada. Jordan’s research involves understanding the impacts of climate change on vegetation dynamics in the tundra of Yukon and Northwest Territories. Additionally, Jordan will be looking into the response of the treeline to changing climate patterns. Jordan is looking forward to diving into his field work and getting his hands dirty!
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.

Tait Overeem, Research Assistant

Tait Overeem

Tait is completing her final year of an undergraduate degree in Biology and Environmental Studies. She is interested in the intersection of cultural, social and ecological processes and the contributions that indigenous and scientific ways of knowing make to our understanding of ecosystems. She is currently working as a research assistant in the Arctic Landscape Ecology Lab and will begin a directed studies in the fall, concentrating on indigenous knowledge of hydrological dynamics in the Mackenzie River Basin.

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.

Karen Dunmall, Postdoctoral Researcher

Emily Cameron

Karen is a Liber Ero postdoctoral researcher 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 has 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.