Posts Tagged ‘Northern Studies’


Congratulations to three Geography graduate students who have won 2013-14 awards from the Canadian Northern Studies Trust!

Brendan O’Neill, PhD candidate, awarded the W. Garfield Weston Award ($50,000) for his research on ‘Permafrost conditions and terrain stability consideration on Peel Plateau, NWT’

Erica Obernodorfer, PhD candidate,awarded the Canadian Polar Commission Scholarship ($10,000) for her research on ‘The shared stories of people and plants: cultural and ecological relationships between people and plants in Makkovik, Nunatsiavut (Labrador)’

Sarah Quann, Masters candidate, awarded the W. Garfield Weston Award ($15,000) for her research on ‘Developing a latewood maximum density tree-ring chronology from white spruce (Picea glauca), Inuvik, NWT

Source: Carleton’s Current Grad Students


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The Royal Canadian Geographic Society (RCGS) offers funding for both graduate and upper-level undergraduate students in the areas of northern research,  human geography, and general research.  Although not available last year, the RCGS provide funds this year, and the deadline for submissions to the funding programs are March 15th.

Details of the programs are available at: http://www.rcgs.org/programs/

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 The search for sustainable energy and protection for the environment is an important theme in Canada’s North these days. In a recent interview on Canada A.M., Derek Mueller, Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University advised that the Canadian ice shelves are melting in what he suggests is now an irreversible process, due to climate change.

This new and shocking environmental reality is causing a variety of responses from different regions. For example, the Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency recently announced funding for new research into long-term, clean energy initiatives in Yukon. Alternative energy projects such as geothermal, wind, hydro and solar are some of the ideas that will be explored. This type of energy is seen as being key to Yukon’s future, given the need for energy in growing sectors while balancing the need to protect the environment.

See the full CTV News Video

Source: CAG Digest

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Here is an excerpt from Prof. Dalby’s book review of “The World in 2050; Force forces shaping civilization’s northern future” by Laurence C. Smith

“Laurence C. Smith’s book on the future works precisely because he avoids both the temptations of fear and of unbridled optimism. Smith shows how in a lively account of the long journey from his office in the geography department at the University of California, Los Angeles, north in search of insight into what is coming. Mixing anecdote and big-picture analysis effectively is rarely easy, but he succeeds, not only because he writes well but because, like many of his fellow geographers, he is passionate about his planet and its peoples.”

Source: The Globe and Mail – click here to read the full review

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