Current Projects

PCSP-supported science projects in 2016

Note: Project information may be subject to change; for more information please contact the PCSP.

Primary Investigator Institution Project Title Study location(s)
Julian Aherne Trent University Impacts of ship-source air pollutant emissions on lake ecosystem health in the Arctic Iqaluit (Baffin Island), Nunavut
Ray Alisauskas Environment and Climate Change Canada Karrak Lake assessment of continental efforts at population reduction of Light Geese Karrak Lake and Perry River, Nunavut
Morgan Anderson Department of Environment, Government of Nunavut Distribution and abundance of Peary caribou and muskoxen on central Ellesmere Island Grise Fiord and Eureka (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
Morgan Anderson Department of Environment, Government of Nunavut Distribution and abundance of Peary caribou and muskoxen on Prince of Wales and Somerset Islands Resolute (Cornwallis Island) and Taloyoak, Nunavut
Morgan Anderson Department of Environment, Government of Nunavut Landscape genetics of Peary caribou on the Arctic Archipelago Locations on Bathurst Island and Lougheed Island, Nunavut
David Atkinson University of Victoria Icefield snowpack response to daily weather variations in the Ragged Range, Nahanni National Park Reserve Locations in the Ragged Range, Nahanni National Park Reserve, Northwest Territories
Marcel Babin Université Laval GreenEdge Qikiqtarjuaq (Baffin Island), Nunavut
Jennifer Baltzer Wilfrid Laurier University Drivers of shrub proliferation on the subarctic tundra Trail Valley Creek, Northwest Territories
Sarah Beattie Parks Canada The impacts of permafrost slumping on mercury levels within the Thomsen River in Aulavik National Park, Northwest Territories Polar Bear Cabin (Banks Island), Northwest Territories
Benoit Beauchamp University of Calgary Geological record of past thresholds, critical transitions and state shifts in the biosphere and the oceans Bunde Fiord and other locations on Axel Heiberg Island, Nunavut
Aaron Berg University of Guelph Evaluating soil moisture retrievals from the Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite over Arctic tundra Trail Valley Creek, Northwest Territories
Rob Berman Natural Resources Canada Thelon-Chantrey geoscience project Ellice River area, Goose Lake and Bathurst Inlet, Nunavut
Dominique Berteaux Université du Québec à Rimouski Ecology of Arctic and red fox on Bylot Island Locations on Bylot Island, Nunavut
Kathryn Bethune University of Regina Tectonic significance of the Nolan-Zemlak domain boundary, southwest Rae Province, Saskatchewan Tazin Lake, Saskatchewan, and Waugh Lake, Alberta
Joël Bêty Université du Québec à Rimouski Ecology of migratory birds in the Canadian Arctic Locations on Bylot Island and East Bay Island, Nunavut
Paul Blanchfield Fisheries and Oceans Canada Haul-out behaviour and genetic mark-recapture of Atlantic Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus) in Foxe Basin and Hudson Bay, Nunavut Coral Harbour (Southampton Island) and Walrus Island, Nunavut
Laura Brown University of Toronto Missisauga Lake ice in the Canadian High Arctic Resolute (Cornwallis Island) and Polar Bear Pass (Bathurst Island), Nunavut
David Burgess Natural Resources Canada State and evolution of Canada's glaciers/ECV mass balance - Queen Elizabeth Islands, Nunavut and Northwest Territories Agassiz Ice Cap and Grise Fiord (Ellesmere Island), Devon Ice Cap (Devon Island), Meighen Ice Cap (Meighen Island), Nunavut, and Melville Ice Cap (Melville Island), Northwest Territories
Christopher Burn Carleton University Investigations of permafrost and climate change, western Arctic Canada Garry Island and Illisarvik, Northwest Territories
Luke Copland University of Ottawa Monitoring of glaciers and ice shelves across the northern Queen Elizabeth Islands Expedition Fiord (Axel Heiberg Island) and Purple Valley (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
David Corrigan Natural Resources Canada Core Zone and Bounding Orogens: Hudson-Ungava Project Kuujjuaq, Schefferville and Strange Lake, Quebec
Alison Criscitiello University of Calgary Arctic sea ice and climate histories from a shallow ice core, Agassiz Ice Cap, Ellesmere Island Agassiz Ice Cap (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
Alexander Culley Université Laval The characterization of wild viral communities in the Canadian High Arctic Ward Hunt Island and Resolute (Cornwallis Island), Nunavut
Florent Domine Université Laval Study of the acceleration of permafrost thawing by climate-induced changes in snow physical properties Locations on Bylot Island, Nunavut
Florent Domine Université Laval Snow-climate relationships in Canada's northern frontier Ward Hunt Island and Resolute (Cornwallis Island), Nunavut
Markus Dyck Department of Environment, Government of Nunavut Estimating the abundance of polar bears in M'Clintock Channel using genetic mark-recapture Cape Sidney and Gjoa Haven (King William Island), Fort Ross (Somerset Island) and Sydney Webb Point (Prince of Wales Island), Nunavut
Markus Dyck Department of Environment, Government of Nunavut Estimating the abundance of polar bears in the Gulf of Boothia subpopulation by genetic mark-recapture Fort Ross (Somerset Island) and Kugaaruk, Nunavut
Mark Ednie Natural Resources Canada State and evolution of Canada's glaciers/ECV mass balance - Northern cordillera, Northwest Territories Bologna Glacier, Northwest Territories
Kyle Elliott McGill University Plasticity in foraging patterns and reproductive timing in an Arctic seabird and its relation with sea ice breakup Coats Island, Nunavut
David Evans and Matthew Vavrek University of Toronto/Royal Ontario Museum Vertebrates of the ancient Arctic seas: Palaeontology of the Late Cretaceous Anderson River Formation, northern Northwest Territories, Canada Anderson River area, Northwest Territories
Karen Fallas Natural Resources Canada Mackenzie Project - Shield to Selwyn activity Arctic Red River, Northwest Territories
Steve Ferguson Fisheries and Oceans Canada Ringed seal abundance and density in a developing High Arctic Pond Inlet
Aaron Fisk University of Windsor Tracking the migratory behaviour of searun Arctic char in the Cambridge Bay area using acoustic telemetry Ferguson Lake, Heart Lake and Surrey Lake (Victoria Island), Nunavut
Daniel Fortier Université de Montréal GEO-NEIGE: Geomorphology of Northern Ellesmere Island in the Global Environment Ward Hunt Island and Resolute (Cornwallis Island), Nunavut
Max Friesen University of Toronto Arctic cultural heritage at risk: Climate change impacts on the archaeological record in the western Canadian Arctic Kuukpak, Richards Island, Northwest Territories
Konrad Gajewski University of Ottawa Postglacial climates of the Canadian Arctic Locations in Polar Bear Pass (Bathurst Island) and on Prince of Wales Island, Nunavut
Colin Gallagher Fisheries and Oceans Canada Population assessment of Dolly Varden - 2016 Inuvik, Northwest Territories
Gilles Gauthier Université Laval Biology of bird and small tundra mammal populations: demographics, trophic interactions and climate change Locations on Bylot Island, Nunavut
Grant Gilchrist Environment and Climate Change Canada Population studies of eider ducks and thick-billed murres breeding at East Bay Island and Cape Graham Moore, Nunavut Cape Graham Moore (Bylot Island) and East Bay area (Southampton Island), Nunavut
John Gosse Dalhousie University Arctic-P3 Science Network
: Arctic Paleoclimate, Paleoenvironment, Paleoecology Science Network
Strathcona Fiord, Ekblaw Lake and Tanquary Fiord (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut, and locations on Prince Patrick Island, Northwest Territories
Stephen Grasby Natural Resources Canada High Arctic Large Igneous Province: Western Arctic Geomapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM) project Arthaber Creek, Middle Fiord and Rens Fiord (Axel Heiberg Island) and Van Hauen Pass, Hare Fiord and Otto Fiord (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
Christian Haas York University Canadian Arctic Sea Ice Mass Balance Observatory (CASIMBO) Cambridge Bay (Victoria Island), Resolute (Cornwallis Island), Alert and Eureka (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut, and Inuvik, Northwest Territories
Thomas Hadlari Natural Resources Canada Shield to Selwyn project - Fort McPherson Fort McPherson and Norman Wells, Northwest Territories
Galen Halverson Natural Resources Canada Age, correlation and tectonic context of the Borden Basin, Baffin Island Alfred Point, Nauyat, Strathcona River and Upper Alpha River (Baffin Island), Nunavut
Galen Halverson McGill University The ca. 1000 Ga record of eukaryotic diversification in the Mesoproterozoic Bylot Supergroup, Baffin Island Alfred Point, Elwin Inlet South, Nauyat, Strathcona River and Upper Alpha River (Baffin Island), Nunavut
Tyler Harbidge Parks Canada Qausuittuq National Park - ecotype mapping Polar Bear Pass (Bathurst Island), Nunavut
Greg Henry University of British Columbia Species and ecosystem constraints on increasing vegetation cover in the High Arctic in a warming climate Alexandra Fiord and Sverdrup Pass (Ellesmere Island) and Princess Marie Bay (Axel Heiberg Island), Nunavut
Stephen Howell Environment and Climate Change Canada Improved retrievals of snow depth on sea ice for numerical sea ice prediction applications Eureka (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
Kimberly Howland Fisheries and Oceans Canada Long-term monitoring of Great Bear Lake fisheries and the aquatic ecosystem Smith Arm, Great Bear Lake, Northwest Territories
Elyn Humphreys Carleton University Impacts of shrub expansion in Canada's low Arctic Daring Lake, Northwest Territories
Joel Ingram Environment and Climate Change Canada Assessment of habitat degradation at snow goose breeding colonies in the Eastern Arctic Koukdjuaq River and Nikko Island (Baffin Island) and Putnam Island, Nunavut
Denis Lacelle University of Ottawa Origin of ice-rich landscape in the Peel Plateau: Richardson Mountains (Northwest Territories) and its response during the Younger Dryas-early Holocene interval (the last time the climate warmed rapidly) Inuvik, Northwest Territories
Scott Lamoureux Queen's University Integrated watershed impacts of recent and long term climate and permafrost change Cape Bounty (Melville Island) and Nicolay Lake (Cornwall Island), Nunavut
Trevor Lantz University of Victoria Drivers and constraints of ecological change in the western Arctic Sitidji Lake and locations in the Jimmy Lake, Husky Lake and Tuktoyaktuk areas, Northwest Territories
Isabelle Laurion Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Centre Eau Terre Environnement Greenhouse gas emissions from Arctic lakes and ponds: Influences of geomorphology, primary production and carbon lability Locations on Bylot Island, Nunavut
Jim Leafloor Environment and Climate Change Canada Baffin Island goose banding Koukjuak River and Nikko Island (Baffin Island), Nunavut
Jim Leafloor Environment and Climate Change Canada Southampton Island goose banding Coral Harbour (Southampton Island), Nunavut
Jim Leafloor Environment and Climate Change Canada Survival in Arctic geese (Perry River, Queen Maud Gulf Bird Sancutary) Perry River, Nunavut
Nicolas Lecomte Université de Moncton ARCTIC IMPACT : Arctic Integrative Monitoring of Predators in the ArCtic Tundra Igloolik area (Igloolik Island) and Bylot Island, Nunavut
Josée Lefebvre Environment and Climate Change Canada Population dynamics of Greater Snow Geese in relation to habitat Bylot Island, Nunavut
Igor Lehnherr University of Toronto Mississauga Climate change impacts on mercury and methylmercury sources to Arctic
ecosystems
Lake Hazen (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
Lance Lesack Simon Fraser University Limnology and biogeochemistry of Arctic delta lakes Inuvik, Northwest Territories
Esther Lévesque Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières REP-ARC2: Arctic periglacial ecosystem response to climate change Locations on Bylot Island, Nunavut
Oliver Love University of Windsor Stress-mediated mechanisms linking individual state, climatic mechanisms and population health in Arctic-breeding birds East Bay Island and East Bay Mainland (Southampton Island), Nunavut
Mark Mallory Acadia University Contaminants monitoring in seabirds at Prince Leopold Island, Nunavut Prince Leopold Island, Nunavut
Mark Mallory Acadia University Effects of overabundant Arctic geese on freshwater ecosystems East Bay Mainland (Southampton Island), Nunavut
Mark Mallory Acadia University Tagging and tracking High Arctic Thayer's and Sabine's gulls Cape Vera (Devon Island), St. Helena Island and Tern Island, Nunavut
Marianne Marcoux Fisheries and Oceans Canada Northern Hudson Bay narwhal aerial population survey Pond Inlet (Baffin Island) and Repulse Bay, Nunavut
Philip Marsh Wilfrid Laurier University Hydrological studies of the Mackenzie Delta region Trail Valley Creek, Northwest Territories
Ian McDonald Parks Canada Hydrological and ecological research in Vuntut National Park, Yukon Old Crow, Yukon
Humfrey Melling Fisheries and Oceans Canada Hazardous sea ice in the Canadian Archipelago Resolute (Cornwallis Island) and sea ice locations on Byam Martin Channel, Nunavut
Brian Moorman University of Calgary Hydrodynamics of permafrost-glacier systems Locations on Bylot Island, Nunavut
Douglas Morris Lakehead University Dynamics and habitat use by lemmings under climate change Cambridge Bay (Victoria Island) and Walker Bay, Nunavut
Derek Mueller Carleton University Investigating the role of ocean dynamics and meltwater input on the fate of Ellesmere Island ice shelves and epishelf lakes Milne Glacier, Milne Ice Shelf and Purple Valley (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
Derek Muir Environment and Climate Change Canada Investigating potential effects of climate warming on trends of mercury and persistent organic pollutants in Arctic aquatic and terrestrial environments Cape Bounty (Melville Island) and Resolute (Cornwallis Island), Nunavut
Lisa Neville Natural Resources Canada Metal Mining – Northern Baselines Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Erica Nol Trent University Effects of overabundant Arctic geese on other tundra nesting birds Coats Island, Nunavut
Jack Orr Fisheries and Oceans Canada North Baffin narwhal tagging Tremblay Sound (Baffin Island), Nunavut
Gordon Osinski Western University Geological and geomorphological studies of the Haughton impact structure and surrounding terrains, Devon Island, Nunavut Haughton River Valley (Devon Island), Nunavut
Chantal Ouimet Parks Canada Sustaining hydroecological monitoring to assess state of the park in Wapusk National Park, Manitoba - 2016 Locations in Wapusk National Park, Manitoba
Carl Ozyer Natural Resources Canada Fuel caching at Tanquary Fiord to support 2017 GEM-2 activities Tanquary Fiord (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
Roger Paulen Natural Resources Canada GEM-2 Hudson Ungava project: Core zone surficial Schefferville, Quebec
Ronald Peterson Queen's University Mine waste in Arctic environments Locations on Cornwallis Island, Nunavut
Karsten Piepjohn Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Germany Fuel caching for the CASE 20 Peayra project in 2017 Taconite Inlet and Tanquary Fiord (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut, and Polar Bear Cabin (Banks Island), Northwest Territories
Wayne Pollard McGill University McGill Arctic Research Station (MARS) Science Program Expedition Fiord (Axel Heiberg Island), Nunavut
Wayne Pollard McGill University The McGill Arctic Research Initiative (MARI) Resolute (Cornwallis Island), Nunavut
Wayne Pollard McGill University The vulnerability and resiliency of High Arctic permafrost to climate change Expedition Fiord (Axel Heiberg Island) and Eureka (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
Roberto Quinlan York University The influence of landscape condition on biotic production in a warming Arctic environment Inuvik, Northwest Territories
Jennie Rausch Environment and Climate Change Canada Arctic Shorebird Monitoring Program (Arctic PRISM) - Tier 1 surveys Igloolik, Kugaaruk, Repulse Bay and locations in Ukkusiksalik National Park, Nunavut
Jennie Rausch Environment and Climate Change Canada Population studies of shorebirds at Polar Bear Pass National Wildlife Area, Nunavut (Arctic PRISM Tier 2 Site) Polar Bear Pass (Bathurst Island), Nunavut
Eric Reed Environment and Climate Change Canada Aerial Surveys of Pacific Common Eiders in the central Canadian Arctic Cambridge Bay (Victoria Island), Bathurst Inlet and Queen Maud Gulf, Nunavut
Eric Reed Environment and Climate Change Canada Western Arctic snow goose management Siksik Lake (Banks Island), Northwest Territories
Jim Ryan Natural Resources Canada GEM-2 Cordillera project: Re-definition of crustal blocks Nisling River area, Yukon
Mary Sanborn-Barrie Natural Resources Canada Boothia-Somerset: Integrated geoscience along the Northwest Passage Taloyoak area, Nunavut
James Savelle McGill University Paleoeskimo occupation history of Foxe Basin, Nunavut Hooper Inlet, Nunavut
Sherry Schiff University of Waterloo Watershed biogeochemical changes in Arctic environments under a changing climate Lake Hazen (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
Jesse Shapiro Université de Montréal Seasonal variations of the Inuit gut microbiome and interactions with dietary contaminants from traditional food Resolute (Cornwallis Island), Nunavut
Martin Sharp University of Alberta Dynamics and change of Canadian Arctic glaciers Devon Ice Cap (Devon Island) and Lake Hazen (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
Peter Sinkins Parks Canada Producing an accurate forage quality map for barren-ground caribou using drone and satellite images Uyarsivik Lake, Northwest Territories
Paul Smith Environment and Climate Change Canada Research infrastructure development for environmental baseline information in Foxe Basin Igloolik (Igloolik Island) and locations in the Foxe Basin area, Nunavut
Paul Smith and Jennie Rausch Environment and Climate Change Canada Population studies of shorebirds at East Bay Mainland and Coats Island, Nunavut. Coats Island and East Bay Mainland and Boas River (Southampton Island), Nunavut
Rod Smith Natural Resources Canada Geo-Mapping for Energy and Minerals Program - Banks Island project Nelson Head, Polar Bear Cabin and Sachs Harbour (Banks Island), Northwest Territories
Sharon Smith Natural Resources Canada Permafrost monitoring in the Mackenzie Valley Inuvik and Norman Wells, Northwest Territories
Shirleen Smith Heritage Branch, Vuntut Gwitchin Government Van Tat Gwich'in Historic Lifeways Project Upper Driftwood River and Upper Fishing Branch River, Yukon
Oliver Sonnentag Université de Montréal Establishing a meso-network of micrometeorological towers for eddy covariance measurements along a latitudinal permafrost and climate gradient across the Taiga Plains, Northwest Territories Scotty Creek, Trail Valley Creek and Smith Creek, Northwest Territories
Vincent St.Louis University of Alberta The Lake Hazen watershed as a sentinel of Arctic environmental change Lake Hazen (Ellesmere Island), Nunavut
Ross Tallman Fisheries and Oceans Canada Fishery resource management science investigation of sustainable harvest in Nettilling Lake, the largest single-system commercial Arctic Char quota in Nunavut Nettilling Lake (Baffin Island), Nunavut
Suzanne Tank University of Alberta Land-water linkages and the fate of terrestrial carbon in aquatic ecosystems of the western Canadian Arctic Inuvik and Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories
Kevin Turner Brock University Investigating the influence of climate-induced land cover change on export of water and carbon in Old Crow Flats, Yukon, Canada Old Crow, Yukon
Elizabeth Turner Laurentian University Mesoproterozoic Aston-Hunting basin, Somerset Island Hunting River area (Somerset Island), Nunavut
Warwick Vincent Université Laval Northern Ellesmere Island in the global environment - Northern frontier Ward Hunt Island and Resolute (Cornwallis Island), Nunavut
Wojciech Walkusz Fisheries and Oceans Canada Survey of the coastal fish community in the Darnley Bay area Darnley Bay, Northwest Territories
Dustin Whalen Natural Resources Canada Beaufort Sea coastal geoscience - Ports and coastal infrastructure long-term monitoring program, Northwest Territories Inuvik, Northwest Territories
Lyle Whyte McGill University Microbial investigations of permafrost and cold saline springs in the High Arctic Expedition Fiord (Axel Heigberg Island), Nunavut
Natasha Wodicka Natural Resources Canada Tehery-Wager geoscience mapping Lorillard River, Fehet Lake and Wager Bay areas, Nunavut
Stephen Wolfe Natural Resources Canada Essential monitoring of abrupt changes within the discontinuous permafrost zone Yellowknife, Northwest Territories