Graduate Student Makes Headlines

March 16, 2010 - In the News

U of G student Tristan Pearce, a PhD candidate and Vanier Scholar in the Department of Geography, is featured in today's Toronto Star. The story and accompanying video looks at the work Pearce has been doing in the western Canadian Arctic on the implications of climate change for communities, specifically Ulukhaktok.

Toronto Star reporter Paul Watson visited the community last winter and details his experience in the article. The video shows Pearce and his Inuit colleagues running dogs and hunting at the open water.

As an associate researcher with the University’s Global Environmental Change Group, Pearce has been conducting a study in Ulukhaktok, a small coastal Inuit community on the west coast of Victoria Island, analyzing the vulnerabilities of the people and their livelihoods to climate change. He is working with geography professor Barry Smit.

Last May, Pearce received one of U of G's inaugural Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, the most prestigious doctoral awards in Canada. Worth $50,000 a year for up to three years, the scholarships are awarded to the world’s leading students from Canada and abroad.

He is using his Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-supported award to examine the transmission of environmental knowledge and land skills among Inuit in adaptation to climate change.

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