Project Team

Traditional Knowledge Steering Committee

Current Members 
Leon Andrew

Leon Andrew

Tulita, Sahtu Settlement Area
Joseph Tsannie

Joseph Tsannie

Prince Albert Grand Council
CORINNE PORTER

CORINNE PORTER

Aboriginal Member, Yukon
VERA NICHOLSON

VERA NICHOLSON

Treaty 8 Tribal Association
DARREN CALLIOU

DARREN CALLIOU

Metis Settlements General Council
Government Representatives
JENNIFER FRESQUE-BAXTER

JENNIFER FRESQUE-BAXTER

GNWT
TRACY HOWLETT

TRACY HOWLETT

Government of Alberta
KYLE NAULT

KYLE NAULT

Yukon Government
Former Members 
Sonny MacDonald

Sonny MacDonald

Salt River First Nation
CLEO REECE

CLEO REECE

Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta
SHARON PETER

SHARON PETER

Na-Cho Nyak Dun First Nation

Project Team at Inaugural Meeting, Whitehorse 2015

Co-Investigators

University of Alberta

BRENDA PARLEE – PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Brenda Parlee was born and grew up in northern Ontario.  The landscape and political economy of this provincial-north significantly influenced her knowledge and interpretation of the social, economic and environmental issues of critical importance for research and teaching.  She has a B.A.  from the University of Guelph (1995), and an M.E.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo (1998).  She went on to receive her PhD from the University of Manitoba in Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) in 2005.   She is currently Associate Professor and a Canada Research Chair in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences. She has worked in northern Canada for over 20 years on a range of collaborative and community-based research projects on different aspects of variability and change in northern communities and ecosystems.

Email:bparlee@ualberta.ca

Website:http://www.brendaparlee.ca

University of Wisconsin – Madison

IAN BAIRD

Dr. Ian Baird, originally from Victoria, B.C., is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also affiliated with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies. He has worked on local knowledge and wildcapture fisheries issues in the Mekong River Basin in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia for over 20 years. He also conducts research about the social and environmental impacts of hydropower dams and large-scale economic land concessions for plantations in the Mekong region.

Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul

RENATO SILVANO

Currently, I am a research and associate professor in the department of Ecology of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Porto Alegre, Brazil. I was the head of the Department of Ecology of UFRGS from 2008 to 2010. I have been also participating in the Non-governmental organization (NGO) Fisheries and Food (FIFO) (based in Campinas, Brazil) since 2005, where I now have the position of research director. I have been doing research on Applied Ecology, Fisheries management and ecology, Fish ecology, Human Ecology and Ethnobiology. I got my Doctor degree in Ecology in 2001, at the University of Campinas (Unicamp), Campinas, Brazil and I concluded a post-doc in the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in 2008.

University of Saskatchewan

DAVID NATCHER

I am an applied cultural anthropologist with expertise in economic and environmental anthropology. My research is focused on environmental livelihoods and the complex relationship between culture, economy, and the maintenance of local food systems. I am currently a Professor in the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics and a Senior Research Chair with the Global Institute for Food Security at the University of Saskatchewan.

University of Ottawa

SONIA WESCHE, PHD

Dr. Sonia Wesche is an Assistant Professor in Geography, Environmental Studies and Aboriginal Studies at the University of Ottawa. She has worked with Aboriginal communities in the Northwest Territories and Yukon, Canada for more than a decade to better understand their vulnerability and capacity to adapt to environmental change. Her multi-disciplinary research draws on multiple sources of knowledge, with a focus on local and traditional knowledge and knowledge co-production. She is particularly interested in links among environmental change, traditional land and resource use, food and water security, and health and well-being in Aboriginal communities.

University of Victoria

VAL NAPOLEON

University of Victoria

TREVOR LANTZ

Trevor Lantz is an Associate Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. He holds a PhD (Landscape Ecology) from the University of British Columbia, an MSc (Ethnoecology) from the University of Victoria, and a BSc (Botany) from the University of Alberta. Trevor’s research focusses on understanding the rates, causes, and consequences of environmental change in the western Canadian Arctic. He and his students in the Arctic Landscape Ecology Lab work collaboratively with indigenous hunters and trappers to gain insight into regional environmental change and to guide detailed field research investigating the processes facilitating change. To place their field studies in a regional context, and to examine variation at a broader scale, they use remote sensing and modelling. Trevor’s recent research has focussed primarily on four areas: 1) vegetation change, 2) thawing permafrost, 3) traditional knowledge studies, and 4) Arctic storm surges. Trevor lives in Victoria, British Columbia with his partner and two daughters and enjoys playing in an amateur bluegrass band named “Lonesome Pine.”

University of Alberta

Mark Poesch

My research focuses on freshwater fishes and biodiversity. My research focuses on three general areas: 1) understanding the mechanisms relating to species loss, especially in relation to anthropogenic disturbance like land-use change, hydrologic alteration, climate change, invasive species and their impacts to freshwater ecosystems; 2) developing better aquatic assessment methods, including how to measure global change; and, 3) developing methods to improve restoration and reclamation. As a member of Tracking change, I provide support for graduate students and community researchers in the project.

Website:http://poeschlab.ualberta.ca/

Email:poesch@ualberta.ca

Phone:780-492-4827

University of Manitoba

FIKRET BERKES

Dr. Fikret Berkes is Distinguished Professor at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, and Canada Research Chair in Community-based Resource Management. His major contributions have been in the area of integrated social-ecological systems, and deal with commons theory, resilience and traditional ecological knowledge. He has authored some 250 peer-reviewed publications including nine books. His traditional knowledge book, Sacred Ecology (Routledge, 2012) won the 2014 Sustainability Science Award of the Ecological Society of America. He has also authored Coasts for People (Routledge, 2015) and co-edited the volumes, Linking Social and Ecological Systems (1998) and Navigating Social-Ecological Systems (2003).

GNWT

JENNIFER FRESQUE-BAXTER

University of Alberta

Shalene Jobin, PhD

Shalene is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies and Director of the Aboriginal Governance and Partnership program. She is Cree from her mother (Wuttunee family) and Métis from her father (Jobin family) and is a member of Red Pheasant Cree First Nation (Treaty Six). Shalene has published in the edited collection Living on the Land: Indigenous Women’s Understanding of Place (2016) and Indigenous Identity and Resistance (2010), and in the journals American Indian Quarterly (2011), Revue Générale de Droit (2013), Native Studies Review (2016). She also co-authored in Aboriginal Policy Studies (2012). She is currently working on a book manuscript titled Nehiyawak Narratives: Exploring Cree Relationality, the Land, and the Economy. Shalene is involved in numerous community centred research projects, including Métis Approaches to Governance, Tracking Change – The Role of Local and Traditional Knowledge in Watershed Governance, and the Wahkohtowin Project, a land-based research and pedagogical initiative grounding university learning with Elders and knowledge keepers on the land.

Huntington Consulting

HENRY HUNTINGTON

Henry Huntington studies human-environment interactions in the Arctic and beyond, and also works to conserve the Arctic environment in light of climate change and industrial development. In addition to dozens of scientific papers, he has written chapters in several major Arctic Council reports. He is also one of the authors of “The Meaning of Ice,” a recent book about sea ice in three Arctic communities. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University and his master’s and doctorate at the University of Cambridge. He lives with his wife and two sons in Eagle River, Alaska.

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

DR. PRISCILA LOPES

I am a biologist, with a master’s degree and a PhD in Ecology, with a special interest in Human Ecology. I am especially interested in small-scale fisheries dynamics and management. I have studied both the Brazilian coastal and Amazon small-scale/artisanal fisheries, focusing on the fishers’ strategies and behaviors that could lead to (un)sustainable exploitation of fishing resources. In some of my studies, I try to understand fishers’ decision-making processes through the use of ecological-economic models and local ecological knowledge. I have also been interested in linking social and ecological resilience and the mechanisms driving compliance and functioning of effective fisheries co-management arrangements.
University of Alberta

JOHN PARKINS

John Parkins in an Associate Professor in the Department Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta. He joined the university in 2007 after spending 10 years as a social scientist with Natural Resources Canada. He received his MSc in Rural Sociology and PhD in Sociology from the University of Alberta and his research interests focus on the interactions between rural communities and natural resource industries, rural development, social impact assessment, public engagement and environmental politics. Dr. Parkins has worked extensively with land management agencies, such as the Foothills Research Institute (Hinton, AB), the Sustainable Forest Management Network and Alberta Environment to establish principles and practices of socially sustainable resource management and indicators of social well-being. His research is published in a wide range of scholarly journals and government reports with a strong focus on applied research and best management practices. Dr. Parkins also teaches graduate and undergraduate students in the areas of social impact assessment and rural community development.

University of Alberta

BRENT SWALLOW

Brent Swallow is Professor in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta, trustee of Bioversity International, and founding member of the Edmonton Food Council. He is a native of Saskatchewan who earned his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lived and worked in Africa for much of his career before returning to Alberta in 2009. Much of his research focuses on the economics of land use and resource management institutions, including those governing use of rangelands, forests, and watersheds. He recently assisted the Prince Albert Grand Council to assess community perceptions of plans to remediate the site of the former Gunnar uranium mine on the shores of Lake Athabasca.

University of Alberta

Dr. Bruno Wichmann

Dr. Bruno Wichmann is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta. His research focuses on the valuation of environmental goods and policies, the design of environmental regulation, and the role of social networks in shaping environmental values and policy.

Website:http://www.brunowichmann.ca/

University of Alberta

MARK NUTTALL

Mark Nuttall is Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair of Anthropology at the University of Alberta. He also holds a visiting position as Professor of Climate and Society at Ilisimatusarfik and the Greenland Climate Research Centre (GCRC) at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, where he directs the Climate and Society Research Programme. He has carried out extensive research and fieldwork in Greenland, Canada, Alaska, Finland and Scotland. He leads the work on communities and resources in the EU FP7 project ICE-ARC (Ice, Climate and Economics – Arctic Research on Change), focusing on northern Greenland, and is a theme leader for the REXSAC (Resource Extraction and Sustainable Arctic Communities) Nordic Centre of Excellence. He is author and editor of several books, including The Scramble for the Poles: the geopolitics of the Arctic and Antarctic (Polity 2016; co-authored with Klaus Dodds) and Anthropology and Climate Change: from actions to transformations(Routledge 2016; co-edited with Susan Crate). He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a member of the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research.

Prince Albert Grand Council

Herman Michell

Is an external Indigenous consultant with the Prince Albert Grand Council, Saskatchewan. He has been involved in Aboriginal education in different capacities since the 1990s. He is a published author, educator, researcher, speaker, and consultant. His research and publications focus on social justice, and engaging aboriginal communities. Dr. Michell joins the Tracking Change… project as a co-applicant involved in collaborative research with a community researcher (Allan Adam) working under his supervision. The co-applicant status will provide opportunities for greater collaboration within the partnership, networking the outcomes of this research with the rest of the research community, including community partners, professionals in government and the private sector, faculty members and students at other institutions nationally and internationally, and the public.

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Arn Keeling

Is Professor in the Department of Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland.  His research and publications focus on the environmental-historical geography of Western and Northern Canada. Recent research has explored the historical and contemporary encounters of northern Indigenous communities with large-scale resource developments. Dr. Keeling joins the Tracking Change… project as a co-applicant involved in collaborative research with the Fond Du Lac First Nation in Northern Saskatchewan with a graduate student (Laura Gaitan, MA Candidate) working under his supervision. The co-applicant status will provide opportunities for greater collaboration within the partnership, networking the outcomes of their research with the rest of the research community, including community partners, professionals in government and the private sector, faculty members and students at other institutions nationally and internationally, and the public.

Tel:(709) 864-8990

Email:akeeling@mun.ca

University of Waterloo

Bryan Grimwood

Is Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies with a cross-appointment to the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. His research analyzes human-nature relationships and advocates social justice and sustainability in contexts of tourism, leisure, and livelihoods. Dr. Grimwood joins the Tracking Change… project as a co-applicant involved in collaborative research with the Lutsel ‘Ke Dene First nation with a graduate student (Brendan Belanger, MA Candidate) working under his supervision. The co-applicant status will provide opportunities for greater collaboration within the partnership, networking the outcomes of their research with the rest of the research community, including community partners, professionals in government and the private sector, faculty members and students at other institutions nationally and internationally, and the public.

Ubon Ratchathani University

KANKOWAN MANORAM

Lars Hallstrom

University of Alberta

Erin Kelly

Government of the Northwest Territories

Chris Southcott

Lakehead University

Melissa Marschke

University of Ottawa

Sean Robertson

University of Alberta

Ellen Bielawski

University of Alberta, Yukon College

Chris Furgal

Trent University

Derek Armitage

University of Waterloo