2017-2018 CNST Award Recipients

W. Garfield Weston Postdoctoral Fellowship (renewal)

Jennifer Provencher
Acadia University
Pathways and effects of plastic-associated contaminants in Arctic seabirds




Laura Thomson
Simon Fraser University
Changing thermal regimes of mountain glaciers in a warming Canadian Arctic




David Yurkowski
University of Manitoba
Ecologically significant areas across the Arctic revealed by multi-decade arctic marine mammal space-use patterns



W. Garfield Weston Postdoctoral Fellowship ($50,000)

Louise Chavarie
University of British Columbia
Great Bear Lake Polymorphism: understanding how northern biodiversity is generated and maintained within Canada’s largest lake



Andrew Hamilton
University of Ottawa
Ocean forcing of tidewater glaciers in the Canadian High Arctic




Robert Way
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Implications of rapid shrub growth on permafrost environments in northern Labrador




Scott Williamson
University of Ottawa
Reconciling Arctic and elevational amplified warming using Canada’s northern climate gradients



W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research (Doctoral) ($50,000)

Sophie Dufour-Beauséjour
INRS – Centre Eau Terre Environnement
From sea ice to radar: study of the link between radar satellite imagery and the characteristics of the ice cover of three bays in Nunavik




Marianne Falardeau-Côté
McGill University
Marine food web dynamics and ecosystem services in a changing Arctic Ocean




Brittany Main
University of Ottawa
Glacier Surging in St. Elias Mountains Under a Changing Climate




Vaughn Mangal
Trent University
The Impact of Seasonal Variations on organic matter quality and Mercury Bioavailability along the Rapidly Changing Churchill River



Allyson Menzies
McGill University
Biologging Bioenergetics in the Northern Boreal Forest




Michael Palmer
Carleton University
Seasonal investigations of recovery processes in Yellowknife area lakes from 50 years of arsenic pollution



Michael Peers
University of Alberta
Predicting the fitness effects of coat colour mismatch on snowshoe hares




Kara Pitman
Simon Fraser University
How do landscape characteristics affect water temperatures of tributaries feeding into major salmon migration corridors?



Emily Studd
McGill University
The Art of Surviving: Using activity to investigate the role of behavioural modification in a boreal predator-prey food web



W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research (Master’s) ($15,000)

Aude Boivin-Rioux
Université du Québec à Rimouski
Meta-analysis of the structure of picophytoplankton and heterotrophic bacteria in the Canadian Arctic



Maria Cavaco
University of Alberta
The Unseen: characterizing microbial community diversity and metabolic potential in a rapidly changing high Arctic watershed



Gabriel Chiasson-Poirier
Université de Montréal
Hydrogeomorphic factors controlling the routing of surface and shallow groundwater flows in the Niaqunguk River watershed, Nunavut



Jared Gonet
University of Alberta
Science to support pro-active management of Northern Mountain Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) in Canada



Stéphanie Guernon
Université du Québec à Montréal
The relationship between allochtony and the accumulation of methylmercury in zooplanckton in lakes of the northwestern Arctic



Maureen Huggard
University of Victoria
Restoration in a northern context: Effects of inoculating Alnus crispa with locally harvested Frankia bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi



Connor Mallory
Univeristy of Alberta
Qamanirjuaq barren-ground caribou habitat use and population ecology




Sean Murphy
University of Calgary
Hydrocarbon-Degrading Microorganisms in the Canadian Arctic Marine Environment: Community Composition and Optimization for Bioremediation



Kevin Scharffenberg
University of Manitoba
Passive Acoustic Monitoring of Beluga Habitat Use in the Mackenzie Estuary




Becky Segal
University of Victoria
Integrating Remote Sensing and Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Identify Historical and Current Sea Ice Travel Hazards in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut



Marianne Taillefer
Université Laval
Analysis of the vulnerability of transportation infrastructure from the effects of permafrost: the case of the Demspter Highway, Yukon



Gillian Thiel
Queen’s University
Spatial controls on the biodegradability of soil dissolved organic matter in a High Arctic watershed



Teresa Tufts
University of Calgary
Assessing Temperature Tolerance in Ninespine Stickleback in Response to Climate Change in the Arctic



Evan Wilcox
Wilfrid Laurier University
Vulnerability of Western Arctic Tundra Lakes to Climate Change




Leah Wright
York University
Light level geolocation to measure the survival and reproductive success of Arctic nesting




W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Archaeological Research (Master’s) ($15,000)

Gary Beckhusen
University of Saskatchewan
Moose Horn Caribou Fence Project




Jacinda Sinclair
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Revisiting Arvertok: A Reassessment of an Inuit Whaling Settlement



Canadian Northern Studies Trust Scholarship ($10,000)

Ezra Greene
Universiy of British Columbia
Learning the land: An intergenerational study of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit



POLAR Knowledge Canada Scholarship ($10,000)

Megan Sheremata
University of Toronto
Inuit Knowledge of the Cumulative Impacts of Environmental Change in Eastern Hudson Bay



NSTP Northern Resident Scholarship ($10,000)

Samantha Darling
McGill University
The role of capacity building in Canada’s northern research policy




Dana Harris
Brock University
Determining the factors that influence the growth and cellular development of Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana) in Yellowknife, NT



Rhiannon Klein
University of Saskatchewan
From Negotiation to Implementation: Aboriginal Modern Treaties in the Yukon, 1993-2013




Stephanie Pike
Wilfrid Laurier University
Policy, plans and processes for developing and improving the use of hazard maps in adaptation for remote Yukon communities



Cedar Welsh
University of Victoria
Past trends and future change in the hydroclimate dynamics of the Stikine, Skeena and Nass River basins in northern British Columbia.



Northern Resident Award ($5,000)

Brandon Drost
Yukon College
Will Electric Bear Fencing at Congdon Creek Campground Allow Tent Campers to Return?



Aja Mason
Yukon College
Evaluation of Bear Education Campaign Along the Skagway Road



Dr. Jim McDonald Scholarship ($5,000)

Caroline Ouellet
Université du Québec à Montréal
A critical analysis of the barriers and facilitators influencing access to traditional Indigenous medicines within the mainstream healthcare system