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Core Member, Institute for Science, Society & Policy – ISSP
Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Environment, Society and Policy

Dr. Jackie Dawson Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Environment, Society and Policy leads this group. Jackie has a strong history of publication and research on the human and policy dimensions of environmental and economic change.

Jackie’s multidisciplinary background in geography, with a focus on climate modeling, Arctic shipping, recreation ecology, resource management and tourism draws exceptional students and researchers from across Canada to work with her and Canadian and international partners.


Megan Ihrig
Research Administrative Coordinator
Natalie Carter
Postdoctoral Fellow
Natalie is leading the community-based research portion of the Arctic Corridors and Northern Voices Project. Her research interests and expertise include combining local and scientific knowledge and conducting epidemiologic studies. Natalie spends about ¼ of her time in Arctic communities, co-facilitating participatory mapping and focus groups, along with local youth community researchers. Read more about her research at
Pierre-Louis Têtu
Postdoctoral fellow
Pierre-Louis Têtu (PhD) is particularly interested by Environmental Impacts of climate change in the Arctic as well as geopolitical and geo-economic aspects. Funded by the SSHRC, his postdoctoral research project focuses on the development of guidelines assessing the vulnerability of Inuit’s natural and cultural sites visited by both cruise ships and pleasure crafts. Based on a postmodernist approach of environmental conservation, this project brings together various stakeholders as well as remote sensing and remotely controlled aircraft (drones) to identify and assess the vulnerability of a site. Read more about his research at


Holly Gordon
Holly is currently pursuing a Master's of Environmental Sustainability. Her Major Research Paper will focus on community-based research in Resolute Bay for a portion of the Arctic Corridors and Northern Voices Project. Previously, she completed an Honours BA in Environmental Studies and Geography at the University of Ottawa.
Gloria Song
Gloria Song is pursuing a PhD at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law. As part of the Change and Economic Development in Arctic Canada project, her doctoral research will be focused on access to justice for Inuit survivors of domestic violence in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut. Previously, she lived and worked in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut as a poverty lawyer and currently works in knowledge management and engagement for Polar Knowledge Canada. She also serves as a project coordinator for the Law Society of Nunavut. She has a master of laws from the University of Ottawa, a juris doctor law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, and an honours bachelor of arts in communication with a concentration in political science, also from the University of Ottawa.
Annika Ogilvie
Annika Ogilvie is a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Geography. She will be conducting research on the implications of climate change and sea-ice change on the shipping industry in the Canadian Arctic. Her research will focus on examining pressured ice and ridge densities using satellite data to further assess ship besetment in areas of high ridge density in the Hudson Strait. Annika completed an Honours BA in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Ottawa.
Marta Bystrowska
Marta Bystrowska is a PhD student at the Center for Polar Studies in Poland. In her PhD project she focuses on what drives development of Arctic marine tourism and the role of cooperation between cruise operators with other stakeholders. She intends to give comparative insight between European and Canadian Arctic. In her Master project she studied the role of cooperation of tourism stakeholders on Svalbard in building their resilience capacity. Marta is a Master graduate of political sciences and spatial economy from the University of Warsaw, Poland.
Julia Olsen
Julia Olsen is a PhD Candidate at Nord University in Norway. The main objective of her work is to assess the impact of increased shipping activities in the Barents Sea on local coastal communities and understand what the implications are for local adaptation and adaptive capacity. Since 2012, Julia has been participating in a number of research projects at Nordland Research Institute, Norway. The primary research areas of her work are local community’s vulnerability and socio-economic adaptation to multiple changes in the Arctic.
Kayla Greydanus
Kayla is pursuing a M.Sc. in Geography. She is currently employed at the University of Ottawa working as program coordinator of NSERC CREATE-REACT, a toxicology-training program. Kayla’s research will use a social-ecological system framework to examine the relationships of Canada’s Arctic economy, environment, and community attitudes to provide an organized perspective on the link between shipping and invasive species risk in and around Salluit, Quebec. This project allows the continued development of Kayla’s research interests in conservation biology and geographic information systems (GIS).
Melissa Weber
Melissa is currently pursuing a PhD in Geography at the University of Ottawa. Her research will focus on tourism in the Canadian Arctic. Prior to starting her PhD, Melissa completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Geography at the University of Ottawa in 2014, and a Master of Arts in Geography at the University of Waterloo in 2017.
Jamie D’Souza
Jamie is pursuing an MA in Geography. Her research will focus on tourism and climate change in Churchill, Manitoba. Specifically, she will be analyzing how polar bear viewing tourists perceive and understand climate change and their willingness to modify their travel behaviour in response to the long-term implications of climate change. Jamie completed her BA in Human Geography and Urban Studies at Concordia University in Montreal.
Zuzanna Kochanowicz
Zuzanna is pursuing an MSc in Geography. Her research will focus on Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas in the Arctic. She is currently working as a research assistant for the Arctic Corridors and Northern Voices Project. Zuzanna completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science at the University of Ottawa.
Carolyne Marshall
Andrew Orawiec
Andrew is a PhD candidate with the Department of Geography at uOttawa. His primary area of focus is arctic shipping, with a particular interest in a holistic understanding of the impacts of such activities in Nunavut waters and the development of a responsible management regime. Andrew has lived in Nunavut since 2014 and comes from a strong background in territorial governance, including work on cruise tourism development and marine policy. Previously, he completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Psychology at Queen's University and a Master of Science in Sustainability Management at the University of Toronto.
Adrian Nicoll
Adrian is a M.Sc. candidate in Geography at the University of Ottawa. His research focus will be on shipping in the Arctic, creating models to assess the probability of vessel related accidents. General interests in spatial analysis, programming, and statistical analysis. Adrian currently works for Transport Canada as a Geospatial/Data Analyst on the Regional Risk Assessment, Hazardous and Noxious Substances, Emergency Towing, and Response Organization files.
Manuelyn Peralta
Maunelyn is an International Development student at the University of Ottawa. Manuelyn is writing a major research paper on climate justice and the UNFCCC COP international negotiations


Flavia Craciun2018
Roger RitsemaMA Geography2014
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Weishan Wang
Jessica JajaMA Geography2014
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Larissa PizzolatoMSc Geography2015
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Olivia MussellsMSc Geography2015
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Alexandra AbramMSc Environmental Sustainability2015
Catherine Caldwell
Julia Cary2017
Magalie Quintal-MarineauPostdoctoral Fellow2018
Jenna JoyceMSc Geography2018
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