March 2018: Angel Chen receives the Lorraine Allison Memorial Scholarship

Angel has received the Lorraine Allison Memorial Scholarship for her research on how climate and fire trends are changing vegetation structure in the Western Canadian Arctic. This scholarship is from the Arctic Institute that was set up to honour Lorraine Allison, who loved the natural world and particularly the North and emphasizes the importance of research that is relevant and useful to northern communities.


March 2017: Living on Earth radio program interviews Trevor

Following the publication of “Climate-driven thaw of permafrost preserved glacial landscapes, northwestern Canada” in Geology, Trevor was interviewed on the weekly environmental news program Living on Earth. In his interview with Steve Curwood, Trevor discussed the implications of permafrost thaw in Northern Canada, the methodology of the study, and community concerns regarding ongoing thawing.

The radio segment and transcript can be found here.
The paper can be accessed here.


March 2017: Trevor is interviewed for the Students on Ice blog

The mandate of the Students on Ice Foundation is educate youth about the importance of the Polar Regions, and inspire and support subsequent sustainability initiatives. Trevor was interviewed by an alumni of one of the educational programs they offer, and a current Environmental Studies student, Elise Pullar. Throughout the interview, Elise and Trevor discussed how he first became interested in Arctic regions, the power of experiential learning, and the changes he has observed throughout the diverse landscapes of the Western Arctic.

The interview can be found here.

Peach smart

March 2017: Paige defends her Honours thesis

At the end of the final semester of her undergraduate degree, Paige defended her Honours thesis, “Representing Northern Indigenous Peoples in the Age of Climate Change: A Critical Analysis of An Inconvenient Truth and Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change”. Her research focused on how documentary films represent Indigenous peoples' experiences of climate change in Arctic regions, within the context of ongoing colonial violence.


December 2016: Will publishes in ARCTIC

Following on the completion of his thesis, Will published a paper in ARCTIC. The paper details an assessment of disturbances on culturally important ecosystems in the ISR, using a cumulative distubance map, and models for nine future disturbance scenarios. The potential to conserve larges contiguous areas of land was explored using the conservation planning software Marxan.


November 2016: Nina Moffat completes her B.A. in Geography and Minor in Environmental Studies

After two years with the Arctic Landscape Ecology lab, first as a directed studies student then a research assistant, Nina has graduated! After wrapping up some work with spruce imagery and coastal flooding data, Nina will be hopping across the pond to Edinburgh in January. We can't wait to see where her travels take her, but we'll miss her hard work and big smile here in the lab.


October 24-28th, 2016: Fulbright Arctic Week

To conclude his 18-months as a Fulbright Arctic Initiative scholar, Trevor travelled to Washington D.C. to participate in Fulbright Arctic Week. Throughout the week, the seventeen scholars participated in policy meetings and public engagement events, culminating in a symposium at the National Academy of Sciences.

A video of Dr Lantz’s presentation on sea level rise and storm surges can be seen here.

High-centre Polygonal Terrain

August 2016: Nina publishes in Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research

This month, Nina published a paper which used high quality repeat air photos to examine how vegetation cover has changed in the tundra ecosystems of the Tuktoyaktuk Coastlands between 1980 and 2013. The quality and extent of these photos allowed her to show that while changes in vegetation cover differed across different terrain types, dwarf shrub expansion and lichen decline were fairly consistent across the study area.

The article can be found here, and a more comprehensive list of publications by members of the Arctic Landscape Ecology lab can be found here.



April 2016: Emily publishes in Environmental Research Letters

Following the completion of her thesis in 2015, Emily contributed a paper to a focus issue of Environmental Research Letters, which centers around the causes and consequences of changes to Arctic and Boreal phenology, biomass, and productivity. Emily's paper focuses on how road construction and maintenance impact vegetation structure and biomass in the Peel Plateau.

The article can be found here, and a more comprehensive list of publications by members of the Arctic Landscape Ecology lab can be found here.

Thaw Slump

June 2016: Becky publishes in Environmental Research Letters

In June, Becky published a paper which examines the influence of climate and landscape factors on thaw slump dynamics. A variety of landscapes were studied, and their observations that the most rapid intensification of slump activity occurred in the coldest environment they studied, indicates that ice-cored landscapes in cold permafrost environments are highly vulnerable to climate change.

The paper can be found here.
A news article discussing the paper can be found here.


March 2016: Paige Bennett gets elected to UVic Senate

A few weeks of absence from the lab due to campaigning have paid off, as Paige was elected to the UVic Senate as a Student Senator in the first week of March. Serving on the Senate and the sub-committee on Academic Planning, Paige hopes to make the administrative workings of the university more transparent, and more accountable to students.


December 7th-11th, 2015: Doug Esagok receives the Inuit Recognition Award at ArcticNet AMS, Vancouver

Doug Esagok received the Inuit Recognition Award for his involvement in Arctic research at the ArcticNet annual scientific meeting in Vancouver. Congratulations Dougie! Over the years Dougie has contributed his time, knowledge and guidance to everyone in the Arctic Landscape Ecology lab, and we are lucky to work alongside him.

An article on Dougie’s achievement can be found in the most recent edition of Inuktitut Magazine, which is available for download here.




December 3rd, 2015: Abra Martin defends her MSc thesis

On December 3rd, Abra defended her thesis, "Carbon Fluxes from High-Centred Polygonal Terrain in the Northwest Territories". After a celebratory lunch at the Grad House to raise "the defender", Abra has returned to the east, and will be starting law school at McGill University in the fall of 2016.



December 4th, 2015: Will Tyson defends his thesis

The next day, Will followed suit, defending his thesis entitled "Assessing the Cumulative Effects of Environmental Change on Wildlife Harvesting Areas in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region through Spatial Analysis and Community-based Research" . In January will moved to Squamish to get closer to the snow and continue his work in Arctic research as a consultant.




September 25, 2015: Emily Cameron defends her thesis

Only a few short weeks into the fall semester, Emily defended her thesis, "Ecological Impacts of Roads in Canada’s North". Her research focused on how disturbances drive vegetation change in high-latitude ecosystems, and combined fieldwork with broad-scale GIS analysis. Emily is continuing to work closely with the lab, and also taking time to get outside.


Muskrat Queen

June 2015: Chanda Brietzke receives a W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research

Chanda received a highly competitive and prestigious Garfield Weston Award (administered through the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Science and the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada). Chanda’s research revolves around both local knowledge and scientific research methods, and will contribute to a better understanding of the factors affecting muskrat populations in the delta, and inform future management of this important resource. Congrats Chanda, and nice jacket!


April 2015: Trevor Lantz is named an Arctic Fulbright Scholar

Trevor was named a Fulbright Scholar within the Fulbright Arctic Initiative. The initiative creates opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, bringing together experts from the US, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden. Trevor is working specifically with scholars from the US, Canada, Denmark and Sweden, looking at circumpolar health and wellness.

An interview with Dr Lantz regarding the Fulbright appointment can be found here, and further information regarding the Fulbright Arctic Initiative can be found here.

Photo from the U.S. Department of State blog post regarding the first official meeting for Fulbright Arctic Iniative members.


March 2015: Chanda Brietzke receives the Lorraine Allison Memorial Scholarship

This month, Chanda received a scholarship from the Arctic Institute that was set up to honour Lorraine Allison, who loved the natural world and particularly the North. The scholarship emphasizes the importance of research that is relevant and useful to northern communities, and demonstrates a commitment to northern research. Chanda’s focus on both local knowledge and scientific fieldwork, with long term goals of informing and improving muskrat management, fit the bill perfectly.