Award Recipients 2015-2016

Research Support Opportunity in Arctic Environmental Studies

Melissa Ward
McGill University
Permafrost-active layer dynamics and feedbacks with climate forcing in ice-rich sediments



Northern Resident Scholarship $10,000

Maureen Atkinson
University of Waterloo
Making Sound Assumptions: Rediscovered Voices, History and the Regional Discourses in Post War Northern British Columbia



Jasmine Brewster
University of Manitoba
Defining Arctic fish food web structure using dietary biomarkers in the Tarium Niryutait marine protected area



Justin Byatt
University of New Brunswick
Mapping Surficial Materials in Nunavut using RADARSAT-2, LANDSAT-7 ETM+, and DEM data



Jeanette Carney
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Asbestos Hill Mine: History and Legacy




Krystal Isbister
University of Saskatchewan
Plant community development after disturbance on northern rights-of-way and the associated risks of toxicity and persistence of herbicide in native vegetation



Andrea Sidler
University of Regina
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) activity patterns and habitat preferences in the Yukon’s boreal forest



Merran Smith
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Quantifying the downstream impacts of hydroelectric development on the sea ice of Lake Melville to inform future Labrador Inuit travel safety



Polar Knowledge Canada Scholarship $10,000

Jennifer Provencher
Carleton University
Drivers of variation in reproductive output in a changing environment in relation to parasites and contaminants



Canadian Northern Studies Trust Scholarship $10,000

Patricia Johnston
University of British Columbia
Promises of prosperity: Exploring support for mine-involved Inuit families through culturally relevant child welfare services



W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research (MSc) $15,000

Emily Anderson
University of Saskatchewan
Hydrology of the Glaciers of the Ragged Range, Selwyn Mountains, Northwest Territories



Sasiri Bandara
University of Alberta
Effects of permafrost thaw slumps on bacterial cycling of organic carbon in the western Canadian Arctic 



Chanda Brietzke
University of Victoria
Monitoring changes in muskrat health, habitat, and abundance in the Mackenzie Delta: Traditional knowledge and scientific perspectives



Rianne Diepstraten
University of Calgary
Spatiotemporal Effects of Vegetation on Density of Barren-Ground Grizzly Bears




Rachel DeJong
University of Waterloo
Investigating the influence of anadromy on fish mercury concentration of fish of the Hudson Bay Lowlands



Florence Lapierre Poulin
Université du Québec à Rimouski
Vulnerability of breeding dens of the arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) to climate change in the Canadian High Arctic



Ellorie McKnight
University of Alberta
Dynamics of a northern watershed (Kluane Lake, Yukon) in the face of climate change and development



Jill Rajewicz
Carleton University
Epishelf lake drainage and drainage channel development on the Milne Iceshelf, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut



Sarah Shakil
University of Alberta
Effects of permafrost thaw slumps on bacterial cycling of organic carbon in the western Canadian Arctic



Elizabeth Wrona
University of Guelph
Microwave Remote Sensing of Soil Hydrology in the Canadian Arctic Tundra



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

Peter Aukes
University of Waterloo
Dissolved Organic Matter in Northern Environments: Impact on Aquatic Health and Drinking Water Quality



Katherine Dearborn
Queen’s University
Landscape-scale variation in the structure and composition of forest-tundra ecotones in southwest Yukon, Canada



Ashley Dubnick
University of Alberta
Exploring the biogeochemical dynamics of glacier ice and melt water




Sarah Ficko
University of Alberta
Collection, propagation and dispersion of shrubs and non-vascular species for reclamation in the north



Matthew Guzzo
University of Manitoba
The effects of climate change on the growth and behaviour of lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) in a northern lake



Julie Malenfant-Lepage
Université Laval
Development of a methodology for the design of low-thermal-impact drainage systems along transportation infrastructure in permafrost environments



Matthew Morison
University of Waterloo
Control of seasonal active layer development on summer runoff quantity and quality in a subarctic permafrost environment



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



Adrienne White
University of Ottawa
Interactions between terrestrial and marine ice losses on northern Ellesmere Island, Nunavut



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

Rachel ten Bruggencate
University of Waterloo
Connecting the dots: Combining chert geochemistry and GIS-modeling to reconstruct Palaeo-Eskimo mobility and lithic procurement on southern Baffin Island



Marie-Andrée Giroux
Université du Québec à Rimouski
The role of goose subsidies in shaping predator-prey interactions in the Arctic: implications for shorebird conservation



Kathryn Hargan
University of Ottawa
Identifying spatial, temporal and species-specific differences in seabird contaminant and heavy metal loads to coastal Hudson Bay and Hudson Strait islands



Sonja Ostertag
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Beluga health and habitat use: bridging diverse knowledge systems to understand ecosystem changes



W. Garfield Weston Postdoctoral Fellowship in Northern Research (renewals)

Frédéric Bouchard
Université de Montréal
Carbon cycle and permafrost degradation: exploring the dynamics of aquatic ecosystems, Bylot Island, Nunavut



Jean-Sébastien Moore
Université Laval
Migratory Behaviour of Searun Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus): combining acoustic telemetry with genomic data



Corinne Pomerleau
University of Manitoba
Trophic relationships and feeding ecology of bowhead whale and other baleen whales in Baffin Bay in the context of rapid climate change