Directory of Borealis Associates

Name Title Faculty and/or Department Email Address
Bazely, Dawn Professor Faculty of Science- Department of Biology dbazely@yorku.ca
Bello, Richard Associate Professor Liberal Arts and Professional Studies- Department of Geography bello@yorku.ca
Hudson, Anna Associate Professor, Tier 2: York Research Chair School of Arts, Media Performance and Design- Department of Visual Arts and Art History ahudson@yorku.ca
Korosi, Jennifer Assistant Professor Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies- Department of Geography jkorosi@yorku.ca
McGregor, Deborah Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice Osgoode Hall Law School crossed with Faculty of Environmental Studies dmcgregor@osgoode.yorku.ca
McKinnon, Laura Assistant Professor Glendon College Multi-Disciplinary Studies and Faculty of Graduate Studies- Biology lmck@glendon.yorku.ca
Montsion, Jean Michel Associate Professor Glendon College- Multidisciplinary Studies jmmontsion@glendon.yorku.ca
Perkins, Ellie Professor Faculty of Environmental Studies esperk@yorku.ca 
Podruchny, Carolyn Associate Professor Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies- Department of History carolynp@yorku.ca
carolyn@carolynpodruchny.ca
Quinlan, Roberto Associate Professor Faculty of Science- Deparment of Biology rquinlan@yorku.ca 
Rawana, Jennine Associate Professor Faculty of Health- Department of Psychology rawana@yorku.ca 
Slowey,Gabrielle Associate Professor Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies- Department of Politics gaslowey@yorku.ca 
Thiemann, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Environmental Studies thiemann@yorku.ca
Young, Kathy L. Professor Liberal Arts and Professional Studies- Department of Geography klyoung@yorku.ca

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Biographies and Research Profiles


D. Bazely

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

Dawn Bazely
Faculty of Science- Department of Biology

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

Email: dbazely@yorku.ca


belloRichard Bello
Liberal Arts and Professional Studies- Department of Geography

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

Email: bello@yorku.ca


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

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
Visit:www.yorku.ca/ahudson and www.mich.info.yorku.ca/
Email:ahudson@yorku.ca


Jennifer Korosi
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies; Geography

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: www.korosi-lab.com/
Email: jkorosi@yorku.ca


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

Research Interests: Indigenous Environmental Justice; Indigenous Governance; Sustainability; Water Governance; Indigenous Intellectual Traditions
Email:dmcgregor@osgoode.yorku.ca


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

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).

Email: lmck@glendon.yorku.ca


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
Email:jmmontsion@glendon.yorku.ca


profile_picture (1)Ellie Perkins
Faculty of Environmental Studies

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
Email: esperk@yorku.ca


Carolyn 2015Carolyn Podruchny

Liberal Arts & Professional Studies - Department of History

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.

Visitwww.carolynpodruchny.ca/pages/

Email: carolynp@yorku.ca or carolyn@carolynpodruchny.ca


RQ-picRoberto Quinlan
Faculty of Science - Department of Biology

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

Email: rquinlan@yorku.ca


rawana_clip_image002Jennine Rawana
Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology

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:

Visit: REACh Lab Website

Email: rawana@yorku.ca


Gabrielle SloweyGabrielle Slowey
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies; Department of Politics/ Director, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies

Gabrielle Slowey is an associate professor in the Department of Political Studies. In July 2015, she became director of the Robarts Centre in Canadian Studies. She has been working with indigenous peoples since 1997. Since that time, travelling to (or working in/with) the Miqmaq and Malisset communities of New Brunswick, the Mikisew Cree First Nation of Alberta, the James Bay Cree of northern Quebec, the Ngai Tahu and Tainui of New Zealand, the Vuntut Gwitchin of Old Crow Yukon, the Inuvialuit of Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories and the Delaware of Soutwesthern Ontario. Her research concentrates on the political economy of resource development, land claims and self-government. Her publications reflect her travels. Her approach is very much community-based and community-driven research that draws on broader theoretical concerns.

Area of Specialization: Aboriginal and Arctic Politics

Research Interests: Aboriginal Peoples , Northern Development , Resource Exploration and Development, Treaties and Self-Government, Canadian Politics

Email: gaslowey@yorku.ca


ThiemannGregory Thiemann
Faculty of Environmental Studies

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

Email: thiemann@yorku.ca


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

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

Visit: www.yorku.ca/klyoung

Email: klyoung@yorku.ca


For more information please email robarts@yorku.ca

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