Global Environmental Change Group
Tristan D. Pearce
Tel: 519-824-4120 ext.54174
Human dimensions of global change, climate change in northern regions, community vulnerability and adaptation, adaptation planning, human-environment relationships, Northern geography
Research Interests and Areas of Expertise
My main research interests involve the integration of social, physical and health sciences and local/traditional knowledge in climate change vulnerability and adaptation research. This interdisciplinary and applied research has been undertaken throughout northern Canada and in partnership with First Nations and Inuit communities, NGOs, government and industry.
My doctoral research focuses on the generation and transmission of environmental knowledge and land skills among Inuit in adaptation to climate change. I am particularly interested in understanding the role that environmental knowledge plays in adaptation to climate change and how environmental knowledge and skills are being transmitted under changing socio-economic and environmental conditions.
Involved in interdisciplinary research projects with collaborators in northern communities, academia, government, industry and non-governmental organizations
PhD Research: Generation and Transmission of Environmental Knowledge and Land Skills in Adaptation to Climate Change in Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada: Adaptation planning to climate change in two Inuvialuit communities - Ulukhaktok and Paulauk
ArcticNet (Network Centre of Excellence): Team member on project 'Adaptation in a Changing Arctic: Ecosystems Services, Communities and Policy'. 2004-present
International Polar Year (IPY): Team member on project 'CAVIAR (Community Adaptation and Vulnerability in Arctic Regions)'. 2006-present