CCARG at ArcticNet 2016


The Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) for Arctic scientists is December 5th to December 9th in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As usual, numerous students and researchers from the Climate Change Adaptation Research Group will be presenting their work at the ArcticNet conference. The conference also provides an opportunity for students just beginning their research to engage with the broader polar research community and meet Northern officials and leaders. This year we will also be holding a workshop for early-career researchers affiliated with the Inuit Knowledge for Adapting to the Health Effects of Climate Change project (IK-ADAPT) network. IK-ADAPT is a multi-year, transdisciplinary initiative that CCARG helps lead.
Lab members that will be attending the conference are listed below. Additionally, follow us throughout the week
See who is attending below!

Dr. James Ford
Melanie Flynn
Melanie Flynn is a research assistant, she focuses on research methodologies in an Arctic context. Her current interests include; knowledge transfer, participatory scenario planning and monitoring and evaluation of climate change adaptation in Arctic communities.
Oral PresentationParticipator scenario planning and climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability research in the Arctic (Thursday December 8th @ 15:30 in the Millenium Room)
Poster PresentationA Conceptual model for best practices in environmental knowledge translation in Indigenous communities
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Jolène Labbé
Jolène Labbé worked for the lab for two years leading a largescale evaluation of adaptation to climate change in Nunavut. The project focused on a characterization and evaluation the adaptation landscape in Nunavut through a systematic review and adaptation baseline creation, as well as key informant interviews with Government of Nunavut and Canadian Federal Government focusing on inclusion of climate change and adaptation in government policies, decision-making, and actions in Nunavut.
Oral PresentationReadiness for climate change adaptation in Nunavut, Canada (Wednesday December 7th @13:30 in room 17)
Poster PresentationHow ready is Nunavut to adapt? An analysis of Nunavut’s governance structures’ adaptation readiness
Dylan Clark
Dylan Clark manages lab research on search and rescue, emergency management and DRR in the Arctic. His work has produced three recently published papers in CMAJ, Social Science & Medicine, and Public Health.
Oral PresentationVulnerability to unintentional injuries associated with land-use activities and search and rescue in Nunavut, Canada (Friday December 9th @ 9:15 in room 2F)
Poster PresentationVulnerability to injuries associated with land-use activities in Nunavut, Canada
Eranga Galappaththi
Eranga Galappaththi is a PhD student with the lab. His research interests include: vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, and the theoretical elements of the commons, with an emphasis on community-based management, (adaptive) co-management, complex systems/resilience, and indigenous knowledge.
Poster PresentationWhat does community-based research mean and how do we do it? Reflections from students and young researchers working across the Canadian Arctic
Dr. Nathan Debortoli
Dr. Nathan Debortoli is a postdoctoral fellow with the lab. His research focuses in developing national and regional integrative climatic change approaches and vulnerability indexes to assess natural hazards such as floods, landslides and drought in large scale.
Poster PresentationAn index to integrate local and regional vulnerability to climate change in the Canadian Arctic
Cheenar Shah
Cheenar Shah is a research assistant with the CCARG. Cheenar’ is working on developing an adaptation baseline for Nunavik. Collaborating with Ouranos, this project aims to characterize the status of adaptation in Nunavik and evaluate readiness to adapt.
Poster PresentationThe Climate Change Adaptation Landscape in Nunavik, Québec
Dr. Jesse Sayles
Dr. Jesse Sayles is a postdoctoral fellow with the lab. His research is guided by the fundamental, “big” sustainability question: how do we improve human wellbeing while preserving earth system functions? He focuses on coastal watersheds and marine systems from which societies derive myriad benefits, but also place under substantial pressure. He works at the research nexus of human dimensions of global change, restoration and landscape ecologies, environmental governance, resilience, and sustainability science. As a component of Jesse’s postdoc, he is helping guide and mentor the IK-ADAPT student network and assist with the grant management.


Antonia Sohns
Antonia Sohns is a first-year PhD in the Geography Department under the supervision of Dr. Ford. Her research interests include community response to natural hazards, water security, and comparative policy analysis.
Darya Anderson
Darya Anderson is a first-year master’s student with the CCARG lab. Darya’s research interests include environmental justice, climate change, and microbial ecology. She will be conducting her master’s work in Arviat, Nunavut examining relationships between permafrost thaw and food security.