2008-2009 CNST Recipients

CNST Scholarship  $ 5,000
Carissa Brown
PhD Candidate, Biology
University of Saskatchewan
Title: Vegetation shifts in the latitudinal treeline: the effects of an alternate fire return interval.

Joan Bunbury
PhD Candidate, Geography
University of Ottawa
Title: Effects of the White River Ash event and climate change on aquatic ecosystems

Canadian Polar Commission Scholarship  $ 10,000
Tristan Pearce
PhD Candidate, Geography
University of Guelph
Title: Adaptation to Climate Change Risks in the Arctic and the Role of Institutions

Randall Scharien
PhD Candidate, Geography
University of Calgary
Title: Surface and satelite based C-band polarimetric microwave remote sensing of summer sea ice

W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research (Doctoral)  $ 40,000
Bronwyn Brock
PhD Candidate, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Waterloo
Title: Contemporary and past hydrology of the Slave River Delta, NWT

Brian Laird
PhD Candidate, Toxicology
University of Saskatchewan
Title: Bioaccessibility of metals and metalloids in northern soils and foodstuffs

Laura McKinnon
PhD Candidate, Biology
Université du Québec à Rimouski
Title: Reproductive ecology of Arctic-nesting insectivores

Dominique St-Hilaire
PhD Candidate, Geography
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Title: Arctic coastal dynamics under changing relative sea-level and environmental forcing

Vicki Sahanatien
PhD Candidate, Biological Sciences
University of Alberta
Title: Polar Bear Habitat Selection, Sea Icescapes and climate change, Foxe Basin, Nunavut

Alexis Schafer
PhD Candidate, Toxicology
University of Saskatchewan
Title: Influence of Liquid Water Content on the Toxicity of Petroleum Hydrocarbons to Polar Soil Ecosystems

Heidi Swanson
PhD Candidate, Biology
University of New Brunswick
Title: Effects of sea-run Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) on food web structure and pollutant concentrations in coastal Arctic lakes

W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research (Masters)  $ 15,000
Elise Bolduc
Masters Candidate, Wildlife Management
Université du Québec à Rimouski
Title: Terrestrial arthropod abundance and phenology in the Canadian arctic; a baseline study on the variation in resources available to arctic-nesting insectivores

Xiu Juan (May) Guan
Masters Candidate, Geography
University of Saskatchewan
Title: Influence of frozen ground on spatial soil moisture patterns and hydrological connectivity in a subarctic Canadian Shield landscape

Shari Hayne
Masters Candidate, Geography
Carleton University
Title: Carbon dioxide and methane fluxes from tundra environments at Daring Lake, NWT: examination of carbon cycling mechanisms and spatial and temporal flux variation.

Emma Horrigan
Masters Candidate, Plant and Microbial Biology
University of Toronto
Title: The impacts of snow goose herbivory on soil nutrient dynamics and plant re-growth in the Arctic

James Hudson
Masters Candidate, Geography
University of British Columbia
Title: Responses of High Arctic tundra to experimental and observed changes in climate

Melanie Irvine
Masters Candidate, Geography
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Title: Assessing community scale vulnerability in Nunavut

Megan James
Masters Candidate, Geography
University of Ottawa
Title: Historic change in permafrost distribution in Northern BC and Southern YT

Northern Resident Scholarship   $ 10,000
Brenda Bailey
PhD Candidate, Earth Science
University of Waterloo
Title: The Geochemical and Microbiological Processes within Waste Rock Piles at the Diavik Diamond Mine

Simon Blakesley
PhD Candidate, Educational Studies
University of British Columbia
Title: Remote and unresearched: A contextualized study of non-Indigenous educational leaders working in Yukon Indigenous communities

Kristina Duffee
Masters Candidate, Native Studies
University of Saskatchewan
Title: Exploring the Relationship Between Father Louis Moraud, OMI and the Dene People of the English River District, 1916-1965.

Janet McGrath
PhD Candidate, Canadian Studies and Political Economy
Carleton University
Title: Inuktitut Epistemologies in Nunavut

Northern Resident Award   $ 5,000
Emilie Herdes
Undergraduate, Environmental Studies
University of Ottawa
Title: The relationships between iceberg calving and sea ice conditions on Devon Ice Cap

Tonya Makletzoff
Undergraduate, Liberal Arts and Northern Environmental Studies
Yukon College
Title: Applying Geographic Information systems to Archaeological Analyses: Building a Digital Model of the Little John Site

Patricia Pitzel
Undergraduate, Yukon Native Teacher Education Program
Yukon College
Title: Integrating Northern Climate Change Curriculum in the Classroom 

Alexandrea Postoloski
Undergraduate, Yukon Native Teacher Education Program
Yukon College
Title: Yukon Based Archaeological Curriculum Development

Caribou Research Award  $1,500
Bryanne Hoar
PhD Candidate, Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences
University of Calgary
Title: Impacts of Climate Change on the Development, Survival, and Transmission of Ostertagia gruehneri, a Gastrointestinal Nematode of Caribou and Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus)

Liv Vors
PhD Candidate, Biological Sciences
University of Alberta
Title: Forage, climate and population dynamics of barren-ground caribou in Canada’s Arctic

Research Support Opportunity In Arctic Environmental Studies
Aiden Morrison
PhD Candidate, Geomatics Engineering
University of Calgary
Title: High Latitude Ionospheric scintillation observation to facilitate robust northern satellite navigation efforts