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2023 Fellows

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Claire Singer (PhD candidate, St. Mary's University)

Climate change and non-native species introduction are recognized as two of the key factors influencing biodiversity changes globally and are becoming increasingly important forces of change in northern regions. My research examines (1) plant invasions following post-fire boreal forest state shifts and (2) changes in NWT plant communities, with a focus on berries, through the lens of Indigenous knowledge. This work addresses consequences associated with shifts in fire regimes as a result of climate change, and represents a first attempt to bridge habitat invasiveness and boreal forest state shifts. Our Indigenous knowledge study will document the relationship between people and the environment, speak to changes in plant communities, identify key habitat areas for various berry species, and shifts in how other species interact with berries. This will build our understanding of the NWT environment and inform decision-making by co-management partners.

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Claudia Haas (PhD Student, Wilfrid Laurier University)

Northern Canada has some of the last intact boreal forest in the world which is home to many healthy and intact wildlife communities with species that are at risk elsewhere. Yet comprehensive ecological information for many northern ecosystems is often deficient. Working with Indigenous communities, I'm hoping to use data from large arrays of camera traps and audio recorders across the territory to help answer local questions and fill gaps in ecological information to get a broad snapshot of wildlife communities. My main objectives with my research are to: find ways to better describe wildlife communities in northern ecoregions, with a particular focus on when and where different wildlife species are active; streamline and standardize data processing to ensure timely results for decision makers; and communicate the results in ways that are useful and meaningful to northern land managers.

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Elise Brown-Dussault (MSc candidate, Wilfrid Laurier University)

Caribou lichen can take 80 years to return after a wildfire, but the process can be accelerated by transplanting caribou lichen into burned sites. I am researching which kinds of burned boreal habitats promote lichen transplantation success.