Directory of Borealis Associates

Name Title Faculty and/or Department Email Address

Abbas, Ali

Ph.D Student Communications and Culture

Adelson, Naomi

Associate Dean, Research
Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Department of Anthropology
Bazely, Dawn  Professor Faculty of Science
Department of Biology
Bello, Richard  Associate Professor Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Department of Geography
Bhatia, Amar Assistant Professor Osgoode Hall Law School
Cumming, Peter Associate Professor
Coordinator, Children’s Studies Program
Department of Humanities
Daum Shanks, Signa A.  Assistant Professor
Director - Indigenous Outreach
Osgoode Hall Law School
Drummond, Susan G. Associate Professor Osgoode Hall Law School
Flicker, Sarah Assistant Professor Faculty of Environmental Studies
Haas, Christian Professor Lassonde School of Engineering - Earth, Space Science and Engineering
Higuchi, Kaz Adjunct Professor Faculty of Environmental Studies
Department of Geography
Hudson, Anna Assoicate Professor
Tier 2: York Research Chair
Department of Visual Arts & Art History
Korosi, Jennifer Assistant Professor Faculty of Liberal ARts and Professional Studies
Department of Geography
Latham, Robert  Associate Professor Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Department of Political Science
Macpherson, Alison  Associate Professor Faculty of Health
School of Kinesiology & Health Science
Martin, Ian  Associate Professor
English as a Second Language, Certificate Coordinator
Glendon College
McGregor, Deborah Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice
Osgoode Hall Law School crossed with Faculty of Environmental Studies
McKinnon, Laura Assistant Professor Glendon College Multi-Disciplinary Studies and Faculty of Graduate Studies- Biology
McNab, David  Associate Professor Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Department of  Equity Studies and Humanities
McNeil, Kent Professor Osgoode Hall Law School
Montsion, Jean Michel Associate Professor Glendon College
International Studies
Mulvihill, Peter Associate Professor Faculty of Environmental Studies 
Perkins, Ellie Professor Faculty of Environmental Studies 
Podruchny, Carolyn Associate Professor Department of History
Quinlan, Roberto  Associate Professor Faculty of Science - Deparment of Biology 
Rawana, Jennine Associate Professor Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology 
Rudakoff, Judith  Professor Theatre Studies 
Tegelberg, Matthew Assistant Professor
Program Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Social Science Degree Program
Department of Social Sciene
Thiemann, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Environmental Studies
Vetter, Diane   Faculty of Education
Wicken, William Craig Associate Professor
Undergraduate Program Director
Department of History
Young, Kathy L. Professor Liberal Arts & Professional Studies - Department of Geography
Yunes, Erin. Ph.D Candidate Department of Art History and Visual Culture

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Biographies and Research Profiles

Ali Abbas
Department of Communications and Culture

(A)(li)ttle bit of this and that, Ali's interests are in the applications of technology within research and education. Since moving to Toronto in 2006, Ali has worked within a variety of companies dedicated to scaling some application of education technology. Ali is also pursuing his PhD studies in communications and culture. He is a research assistant on the Mobilizing Inuit Cultural History project examining issues related to Inuit usage of social media and the digital connection difficulties faced by Arctic residents.


Naomi Adelson
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies - Department of Anthropology


Research Interests: Anthropology , Indigenous Peoples , Medical Anthropology


D. Bazely

Photo by Deanna Leonard-Spitzer. Crocker Bay, Devon Island in the Canadian high arctic

Dawn Bazely
Faculty of Science - Department of Biology

D.Phil. Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
M.Sc. Department of Botany, University of Toronto
B.Sc. Biogeography Major and Environmental Studies Minor, University of Toronto

Dawn is a professor of Biology in the Faculty of Science at York University in Toronto, where she has taught since 1990. She was Director of IRIS, the university-wide Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (2006-11 and 2012-14). At IRIS, Dawn’s mission was to develop, lead and support interdisciplinary research on diverse fronts. The Globe and Mail's 2013 Canadian University Report singled her out as York University's HotShot Professor. Dawn trained as an ecologist in the field of plant-herbivore interactions, and has carried out extensive field research in grasslands and forests, from temperate to Arctic regions.
She is a leader in using social media for science communication, and serves on many government committees and NGO boards relating to the environment.

Research Interests: Herbivory, Plant-Animal Interactions, Restoration Ecology, Forest Management, Invasive Species, Non-indigenous Plants, Prescribed Burning, Fungal Endophytes, Plant Defences, Science Policy, Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystems, Sustainability, Human-Wildlife Interactions, Urban Ecology

Visit: The Bazely Lab and York University's Experts Guide


belloRichard Bello
Liberal Arts & Professional Studies - Department of Geography

Ph.D. - Geography (McMaster University)
B.A. - Geography (McMaster University)

Research Interests: Global/Climate Change , Geography , Climate Science, Northern Environments, Carbon Dynamics


Bhatia-4469Amar Bhatia
Osgoode Hall Law School

SJD candidate (University of Toronto)
LLM (University of Toronto)
LLB (Osgoode Hall Law School)
MA (University of Sussex)
BA (Queen's University)

Research Interests:


cummingpPeter Cumming
Liberal Arts & Professional Studies - Department of Humanities

Peter Cumming is an associate professor in the Department of Humanities and coordinator of the Children's Studies Program. His work--in theatre, creative writing, and elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education--focuses on children and youth. His academic research focuses on children's and youth literature and culture; contemporary Canadian fiction; constructions of masculinities in contemporary literature; digital culture; and First Nations writing in English (he worked for six years in Inuit communities in Nunavut). Peter is currently developing new undergraduate and graduate courses related to his research. He is President of the Association for Research in Cultures of Young People (ARCYP).

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Shanks-4693Signa A. Daum Shanks
Osgoode Hall Law School

Of the Bar of Ontario and the Indigenous Bar Association
BA (Hons) (Saskatchewan), MA (Western), LLB (Osgoode), LLM, (Toronto), PhD (Western)

Research Interests:


Drummond-9688-low-rezSusan G. Drummond
Osgoode Hall Law School

DCL (McGill University), DEA (Aix Marseille)
BCL, LLB, MSW (McGill University)
BA, BSW (Dalhousie University)

Research Interests: Family Law, Estates and Trusts, Legal Theory, Comparative Law, Legal Anthropology


FlickerSarahSarah Flicker
Faculty of Environmental Studies

PhD - Social Science and Health (University of Toronto)
MPH - Maternal & Child Health and Epidemiology (University of California, Berkeley)
BA Hons - Medical Anthropology (Brown University)

Dr. Sarah Flicker's background is in the area of community development, public health, HIV and adolescent development. She is engaged in an exciting and innovative program of research that focuses on teen HIV prevention and support. More broadly, she is very interested in community-based participatory methodologies and am active on a variety of research teams that focus on adolescent sexual health with youth in Canada and (most recently) South Africa. She works across methodologies (qualitative, quantitative and arts-based) and seek to partner with youth, students and allied practitioners on action research agendas.

Research Interests: Adolescent Health; Community-based participatory research; HIV/AIDS; Community Development


HaasChristian Haas
Lassonde School of Engineering - Earth, Space Science and Engineering

Christian Haas is a professor in the Department of Earth, Space Science and Engineering and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair for Arctic Sea Ice Geophysics. For 15 years, Christian has worked with the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany, where he was the Head of the Sea Ice Section. In 2007 he moved to the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, as an Alberta Ingenuity Scholar. Christian is still an adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta and continues to supervise graduate students. Since 2012 he has been a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Arctic Sea Ice Geophysics at York University, Toronto.

Research interests: Sea ice and snow thickness, ocean-ice-atmosphere interaction, Arctic climate change, airborne geophysics, electromagnetic induction sounding, sensor development, satellite remote sensing, ice engineering,



kaz1-111x150Kaz Higuchi
Faculty of Environmental Studies and Graduate Program in Geography Department

Ph.D. - Atmospheric Physics (University of Toronto)
M.Sc. - Atmospheric Physics (University of Toronto)
B.Sc. - Physics (Carleton University)

Kaz Higuchi worked for Environment Canada (EC) for nearly 39 years, obtaining both of his graduate degrees while on educational leave. He was head of the Carbon Cycle Research Laboratory, as well as of the Carbon Cycle Modelling and Interpretation Group. His research has focused on climate dynamics, global biogeochemical cycle of carbon, and nonlinear feedback processes among various climate system components. He was a contributing author of the first IPCC Report (1990), then a government expert reviewer of the subsequent IPCC Reports (AR-2 and AR-3), and was included in the list of IPCC scientists who were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Research Interests: Complex systems research; carbon cycle and climate dynamics; extreme weather dynamics and disaster response; Arctic climate change and its impact on ecological and socioeconomic systems


ahudson__mediumAnna Hudson
York School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design - Visual Arts & Art History

MA, PhD (University of Toronto)
MPhil (University of Glasgow)
BFA (ConcordiaUniversity)

Anna Hudson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts & Art History and a Tier II - York Research Chair in the School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

Dr. Hudson is an art historian, curator, writer and educator specializing in Canadian art and visual culture. Formerly associate curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, she brings to her teaching extensive hands-on experience in institutional curatorial practice.

Dr. Hudson is currently leading a major Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Grant project titled “Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage: a multi-media/multi-platform re-engagement of voice in visual art and performance” with 10 researchers – including Professor Susan Dion in the Faculty of Education and Professor Angela Norwood from the Faculty of Fine Arts – and nine partner organizations. The goal of the project is to conduct collaborative research on the contribution of Inuit visual culture, art and performance to Inuit language preservation, social well-being and cultural identity. The project builds on “Breaking the Boundaries of Inuit Art: New Contexts for Cultural Influence,” a previous SSHRC supported project for which she and her research team organized School’s Out -- a four-day workshop and two-day concert in Iqaluit, Nunavut (celebrating National Aboriginal Day and the end of the school term), co-produced by Alianait Arts Festival.

Dr. Hudson’s curatorial credits include the international touring show Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven (with Ian Dejardin and Katerina Atanassova, for the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, UK); inVisibility: Indigenous in the City, part of INVISIBILITY: An Urban Aboriginal Education Connections Project (for the John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto); The Nude in Modern Canadian Art, 1920-1950 (with Michèle Grandbois, for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec); and the AGO exhibitions Woman as Goddess: Liberated Nudes by Robert Markle and Joyce Wieland and Inuit Art in Motion (co-curated with Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory).

Professor Hudson continues to pursue research in the area of her doctoral dissertation, Art and Social Progress: the Toronto community of Painters (1933-1950). Her most recent publications include “Jock Macdonald’s weave of reality” (forthcoming 2014), “Time and Image: Picturing Consciousness in Modern Canadian Painting” (2013), “Stepping into the Light of Clark McDougall’s Landscapes” (2011) and “Landscape Atomysticism: A Revelation of Tom Thomson” (2011).

Research Interests: Art in Canada; Art in the Americas; Circumpolar Art; Indigenous Thought; Inuit Art; 20th C humanism and

Jennifer Korosi
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies; Geography

Ph.D. Biology, (Queen's University)

Professor Jennifer Korosi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography. Her research examines how human activities drive ecological and biogeochemical change in aquatic ecosystems, including the use of lake sediment cores (the field of paleolimnology)to study recent aquatic ecosystem change over the context of the last several hundred years. She works in both temperate and high latitude regions throughout Canada, and currently has a strong focus in the Northwest Territories.

Research Interests: Environment, Global/Climate Change , limnology, biogeography, biogeochemistry

Primary website:


rlatham1Robert E. Latham
Liberal Arts & Professional Studies - Department of Political Science

Ph.D. - Political Science (The New School for Social Research)
MA - Political Science (University of Chicago)
BA, cum laude (Pomona College)

Research Interests: Communications , Politics and Government , Interested in borders, sovereignty, political economy environmental studies, politics of new media, critical theories of conflict, civil society, transnational politics, governance, intervention // Anarchism, spatial politics, democracy, political ecology, knowledge, post-nationality, temporality, materialism, mediality, international sociology and IR, imperialism and empire, state theory; collective action, human rights and international law; culture and conflict, global politics; world order, liberalism // Israel-Palestine, Africa, North America, Arctic, Political Theory


Alison Macpherson
Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science

PhD  (University of Toronto)
Masters - Epidemiology and Biostatistics (McGill University)

Dr. Macpherson received her PhD from the University of Toronto's Institute of Medical Science preceeded by a Master's degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from McGill University.  She is an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), a member of the LaMarsh Institute for Child and Youth Health, and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Injury Prevention.   She is currently the co-principal investigator on several CIHR grants, including the CIHR Team in Child Injury Prevention.

Research Interests: Prevention of childhood injuries in mainstream, First Nations, and Inuit children, and pediatric health services research


martin_ian_in_office_bioIan Martin
Glendon College - English

PhD (University of Toronto)
Masters (University of Toronto)

Research Interests: Cuba; Indigenous People; Multiculturalism and Transculturalism; Northern Canada; Second Language Education


Deborah-McGregor-9568-low-rezDeborah McGregor
Osgoode Hall Law School crossed with Faculty of Environmental Studies

PhD - Forestry (University of Toronto)
MES - Environmental Studies (York University)
BSc (University of Toronto)

Research Interests: Indigenous Environmental Justice; Indigenous Governance; Sustainability; Water Governance; Indigenous Intellectual Traditions

Laura McKinnon
Glendon College, Multi-Disciplinary Studies and Graduate Programme in Biology

PhD - Université du Québec à Rimouski

Laura McKinnon's long term research examines the ecology and evolution of migratory birds. Her current research explores interactions between migration strategies and life history traits in arctic-nesting birds. Much of this research involves quantifying the costs and benefits of migration by estimating adult survival, reproductive success, and ecological conditions for birds breeding at various latitudes. She is also investigating how potential reproductive benefits of migration may be threatened by climate change by combining an ecosystem approach with physiological investigations to study the growth and survival of offspring in a changing arctic climate. This research will provide valuable insight into the potential effects of climate change on arctic-nesting birds.

Research Interests:  Arctic, behavioural ecology, climate change, evolutionary biology, trophic interactions, migration, Ecology and evolution of migratory strategies of Arctic nesting birds; Trade-offs between direct (physiological) and indirect (trophic interactions) effects of climate change on the growth and survival of chicks of Arctic nesting birds; Effects of spatial and temporal variations of trophic constraints (predation risk, food availability on reproduction of migratory birds).


IMG_20150530_152004David McNab
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies - Department Equity Studies and Humanities

PhD (University of Lancaster)
MA - History (McMaster University)
BA Hons - History (Waterloo Lutheran University)

David McNab is a Métis historian who has worked for almost forty years on Aboriginal land and treaty rights issues in Canada. He is an associate professor in the Departments of Equity Studies/Humanities and teaches Indigenous and Canadian Studies. He is also a co-director of the Centre for the Study of Indigenous Border Issues housed at Michigan State University. He has also been a claims advisor for Nin.Da.Waab.Jig., Walpole Island Heritage Center, Bkejwanong First Nations since 1992.

Research Interests: Indigenous Thought, Metis Resistance and Family History, Land and Treaty Rights, ‎The North, ‎Indigenous Dis/Abilities

kmcneil3Kent McNeil
Osgoode Hall Law School

DPhil (Oxford University)
BA, LLB (University of Saskatchewan), of the Bar of Saskatchewan

Professor Kent McNeil teaches Property Law, First Nations and the Law, and Trusts. He has been a faculty member at Osgoode Hall Law School since 1987, and was formerly the Research Director of the University of Saskatchewan Native Law Centre. In 2006, he was awarded a prestigious Killam Fellowship to pursue research on the legality of European assertions of sovereignty in North America.

Professor McNeil’s primary research interest is the rights of Indigenous peoples, particularly in Canada, Australia, and the United States. He has written a book, Common Law Aboriginal Title, and numerous monographs and articles on this subject, some of which are collected in Emerging Justice? Essays on Indigenous Rights in Canada and Australia. Aspects of his work include land rights, treaty rights, and self-government. He has acted as a consultant and expert witness on these matters, most recently in relation to a land claim by Mayan people in Belize.

Research Interests: Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Constitutional Law; Legal History


Andrew Medeiros
Research Fellow, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies

PhD (York University)
MES - Environmental Studies (York University)
BSc Hon, First Class (Brock University)

Professor Medeiros is an expert in freshwater ecology, biogeochemical processes, and Arctic environments. His research focuses on the use of biological, hydrological, and geochemical indicators to examine responses to environmental change in northern ecosystems; past, present, and future. This is applied through the examination of gradients of ecological condition (e.g., climate change, ecological sustainability, anthropogenic disturbance) over large spatial and temporal scales. His research on the evolution of northern ecosystems over the past 10,000 years allows for predictions and modeling of future responses to environmental change.

Research Interests: Global/Climate Change; Geography; Biogeochemistry;  Paleoecology; Arctic Environments

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montsionJean Michel Montsion
Glendon College - International Studies

Jean Michel Montsion is an associate professor in the Department of International Studies at Glendon College. Jean Michel’s research focuses on the intersection of ethnicity, mobility and urban research. From Singapore and Vancouver to Canadian Northern communities, he investigates the role of ‘gateway strategies’ in local and translocal community politics.

Research Interests: Asia, Globalization, Immigration, Indigenous People, International and Community Engagement, Language and Society, Northern Canada, Social and Political Thought

profile_picturePeter Mulvihill
Faculty of Environmental Studies

PhD Amenagement - Environmental Planning (Montreal)
MA - Regional Planning and Resource Development (University of Waterloo)
BES - Environment and Resource Studies
BA - General Arts (Carleton University)

Research Interests: Emerging or fringe approaches to environmental assessment; Scoping; Mega-development in Northern Canada; Scenario development; China;Environmental and sustainability thought


profile_picture (1)Ellie Perkins
Faculty of Environmental Studies

PhD - Econmics (University of Toronto)
BA - Public and International Affairs (Princeton)

Ellie Perkins is an economist concerned with the relationship between international trade, the environment, and local economies. She is interested in globalization, and how local economies may grow as an antidote to international trade. She also looks at international means of controlling air pollution in the Arctic, and at the metals and minerals resource industries.

Ellie has been involved in ongoing work with the South Riverdale Community Health Centre related to lead pollution in downtown Toronto. At York, she teaches courses in Environmental Economics, Ecological Economics, and Community Economic Development. Ellie often works with students pursuing research themes related to community economic development, trade and the environment, and feminist economics. Ellie is currently editing a book on feminist ecological economics.

Research Interests: International trade; Trade and environment; Ecological economics; Community economic development; Metal markets and trade; Debt, poverty, and environmental degradation; Women, ecology and economics


Carolyn 2015Carolyn Podruchny

Liberal Arts & Professional Studies - Department of HistoryEducation: 

Carolyn Podruchny is an associate professor in the Department of History. She is an historian of Aboriginal and French relations and Metis history in early North American history, specializing in fur trade encounters, systems of communication, and identity formation. Her first book charts the world of French Canadian voyageurs in the Montreal-based fur trade, and her current projects explore the blending of French Canadian, Ojibwe and Cree narratives in the guise of fur trade stories and the French-Saulteaux dictionary compiled by Roman Catholic missionary Georges-Antione Belcourt in the mid-19th century. She teaches courses on early Canadian and Aboriginal history, as well as historical methodology

Research Interests: Aboriginal Peoples, History, Early Canadian history, Metis history, fur trade history.

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RQ-picRoberto Quinlan
Faculty of Science - Department of Biology

Ph.D. (Queens University)

Roberto Quinlan is an associate professor in the Department of Biology. His research interests are primarily focused on the effects of human disturbances on aquatic ecosystem health and functioning. Using the natural archives of environmental information preserved in the sediments of lake and ponds, he uses a long-term perspective to examine changes in water quality and ecological communities, with study sites across the Canadian Arctic and southern temperate areas.

Research Interests: Biology, ecology, lakes, aquatic ecosystems, paleolimnology, climate change, Arctic


rawana_clip_image002Jennine Rawana
Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Adolescent Health Promotion and Risk Reduction (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Centre for Prevention Science)
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology (Lakehead University)
M.A. Clinical Psychology (Lakehead University)
BSc, Honours Psychology (Lakehead University)

Dr. Jennine Rawana has broad research, clinical, and teaching interests in adolescent mental health. Specifically, her research interests are in three main areas. First, she examines the risk/vulnerability (e.g., eating- and weight-related disturbances) and protective (e.g., psychological strengths) factors that are related to mental health issues, particularly depressive symptoms, primarily in adolescence and secondarily in emerging adulthood. Second, she studies the development of emotion regulation, primarily in adolescence and secondarily in emerging adulthood. Finally, she examines the promotion of mental health and school engagement in strength-based programs in schools. Within this area, she also uses a participatory community-based research framework to develop, implement, and evaluate strength-based and mentoring programs that promote the mental health and educational outcomes of Aboriginal students. Across these research areas, Dr. Rawana and the REACh lab, consisting of undergraduate and graduate students, research assistants, and volunteers, have adopted a positive psychology approach that focuses on promoting individual and contextual factors that protect against the development and maintenance of mental health issues. She also strives to broaden our understanding of these issues among Aboriginal youth in Canada. Please see the REACh lab website for more information.

Research Interests:

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judith-rudakoff-300x300Judith Rudakoff
School of the Arts, Media, Preformance & Design - Theatre Studies

PhD (Toronto)
MA (Alberta)
BA (McGill)

Developmental dramaturg Judith Rudakoff has worked with emerging and established playwrights and artists throughout Canada (including Yukon Territory, Nunavut and every province except Newfoundland…yet) and in Cuba, Denmark, South Africa, England and USA. Books include TRANS(per)FORMING Nina Arsenault (Bristol, Intellect Press 2012), Between the Lines: The Process of Dramaturgy (Playwrights Canada Press, 2002, co-editor Lynn M. Thomson), Fair Play: Conversations with Canadian Women Playwrights (Simon & Pierre, 1989, co-editor Rita Much) and Questionable Activities: Canadian Theatre Artists in Conversation with Canadian Theatre Students (Playwrights Canada Press, 2000). Her next book is Dramaturging Personal Narratives: Who am I and Where is Here? (Bristol, Intellect Press 2014). Her articles have appeared in The Drama Review, TheatreForum, Canadian Theatre Review. She is the creator of The Four Elements and Elemental Lomograms, transcultural methodologies for initiating live performance and visual art. Teaching awards include the inaugural Dean’s Prize for Teaching Excellence (Faculty of Fine Arts) and the University Wide Teaching Prize at York University where she is a Full Professor, and three consecutive NOW Magazine “Best of Toronto” awards. She was the first Canadian honoured with the Elliott Hayes Prize in Dramaturgy for her work on South Asian choreographer Lata Pada’s multidisciplinary work, Revealed by Fire. Rudakoff is a member of Playwrights Guild of Canada, and Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. A recent project is Common Plants: Cross Pollinations in Hybrid Reality (, a multidisciplinary cross cultural project funded by SSHRC involving artists and students from diverse cultural and geographical backgrounds including Iqaluit, Nunavut and Cape Town, South Africa. Recent playwriting projects are Beautiful Little Lies, a stage play set in Cuba which received staged readings in Trinidad, Guyana and New York; and The River (co-written with David Skelton and Joseph Tisiga) which premiered at Nakai Theatre in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory in April 2011.

Research Interests:


Matthew Tegelberg
Liberal Arts & Professional Studies - Department of Social Science

PhD, Cultural Studies (Trent University)
MA, Communication and Culture (York University and Ryerson University)
BA, Communication Studies and History (York University)

Matthew Tegelberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Science at York University. He has a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from Trent University and a Master's Degree from the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture at York University and Ryerson University. He is a research associate with MediaClimate, an international network of media scholars that study environmental communication, placing particular emphasis on global media coverage of climate change. His research has been published in Tourist Studies, International Communication Gazette, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Canadian Journal of Communication and in several edited volumes.

Research Interests: Global tourism, environmental communication, and media representations of indigenous peoples

Visit: Matthew's primary website and secondary website


ThiemannGregory Thiemann
Faculty of Environmental Studies

Ph.D. (Dalhousie University)

Gregory Thiemann is an associate professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. His research focuses on the foraging ecology and conservation of Arctic carnivores. By examining the trophic relationships between top predators and their prey, we can define the structure of food webs and monitor changes in ecosystems over time. By understanding where, when, and how predators hunt for food, we can better act to protect wildlife populations and entire ecosystems.

Research Interests: Arctic ecosystems, food web ecology, wildlife conservation, resource management, animal physiology


Diane Vetter
Faculty of Education


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IMG_2541William Craig Wicken
Liberal Arts & Professional Studies - Department of History

Ph.D. - Department of History (McGill University)
M.A. - History of the United States (McGill University)
Honours B.A. - East Asian History (McGill University)

William C. Wicken is a Professor of history and has published various books, articles, reports and chapters covering the areas of Native & Colonial North American history, with a focus on government policies towards Aboriginal people in Eastern (the Maritimes) and Central Canada (Ontario/Quebec). He has been qualified as an expert in 16 constitutional trials, mostly in Atlantic Canada, and including R. v. Donald Marshall Jr (SCC 1999), R. v. Josh Bernard (SCC 2005), R. v. Stephen Frederick Marshall (SCC 2005), and Daniels v. Canada,which is currently before the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2015, he served on a government-appointed Environmental Impact Assessment in New Brunswick (the Sisson Project). He is the author of The Colonization of Mi’kmaw Memory and History, 1794-1928: The King v. Gabriel Sylliboy which in 2013 won the Canadian Historical Association’s Sir John A. Macdonald for the best book published in 2012 on Canadian History. This book was also awarded a Governor General’s award for Scholarly Achievement. Professor Wicken is also the author of Mi’kmaq Treaties on Trial: History, Land and Donald Marshall Junior (2002), and co-author of The Conquest of Acadia, 1710: An Interpretive and Contextual History (2004).  His current project examines the history of the Six Nations Grand River reserve, and analyses the factors, which led many indigenous people in the early twentieth century to merge into the ‘white’, urban, working classes of southern Ontario.

Research Interests: Native and Colonial North America


Kathy YoungKathy L. Young
Liberal Arts & Professional Studies - Department of Geography

Ph.D. - Geography (McMaster University)
M.Sc. - Geography (University of Toronto)
Hon. B.Sc. - Geography and Biology (University of Toronto)

The long-term goal of my research is focused on improving our understanding of the inter-relationships that exist between climate, hydrology and ecology of permafrost environments. My High Arctic research continues to evaluate the processes leading to the sustainability of ponds and wetlands across various scales (local to regional) and climatic regimes (polar desert to polar oasis). Since 2007, my students and I have worked at Polar Bear Pass, a large wetland in the middle of Bathurst Island, Nunavut. We now know that not all ponds are created equal. Depending on their location in the landscape, linkages with other water sources, and substrate type, ponds, including wet meadows can respond quite differently to extended dry periods or extreme rainfall events. This is an important finding as we consider how northern wetlands will respond to future mining and oil & gas development here, including global warming. Much more work is still required to better understand runoff processes and storage changes in our High Arctic wetlands. In 2014-2015, considerable emphasis will be placed on evaluating groundwater flow and watershed runoff at Polar Bear Pass. This research is supported by NCE-ArcticNet: Sub-projects No. 2.1-Freshwater Resources of the Eastern Canadian Arctic (P.I.: Warwick Vincent, Laval U); No. 1.3-High Arctic hydrological, Landscape and Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change (co P.Is: Scott Lamoureux, Melissa Lafreniere, Queen’s University). In the future, we plan to extend our hydrologic research to Iceland-the Land of Ice and Fire!

Research Interests: arctic wetland hydrology; arctic ecohydrology; hillslope and catchment hydrology; regional snowmelt modelling;impact of extreme events on arctic hydrology




Erin Yunes
Department of Art History and Visual Culture

Erin Yunes is a digital artist, entrepreneur, and lifelong student. She is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History and Visual Culture. Erin received her B.A. in Journalism at the University of New Hampshire, M.S. in Arts Administration at Boston University, and a Graduate Certificate in International Relations at Boston University, Brussels. She studied European copyright and institutional framework at IDEC at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and comparative cultural policy Goldsmiths College at the University of London. Her work focuses on issues surrounding globalization, technological access, funding, and the prospect of art practices in a digitized society. Erin conducts collaborative research through the Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage project on the contribution of digital media in Inuit cultural preservation, social well-being, and identity in Nunavut.


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