CHARS: Research in the Canadian Arctic
We started off our first day in Nunavut heading into the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS). CHARS was built as part of Canada’s Northern Strategy. This new Arctic research facility demonstrates
The 7,888m² CHARS campus includes a
We spent the morning organizing meetings with staff at CHARS. We first met with Ann Balasubramaniam and Lynda Orman part of the Knowledge Management and Engagement team to discuss best practices for community-based research. We also talked with Matilda Tomaselli, a researcher in wildlife health with experience in research ethics. These meeting have been integral in shaping the goals of the project.
meetings with chars staff
Ann Balasubramaniam, Lynda Orman, Tad McIlwraith, and Alex Borisenko (left to right) discuss community engagement in Cambridge Bay
We also met Ian Hogg, Team Lead for Ecosystem and Cryosphere Research at Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR). We had previously met Ian in Guelph, Ontario for the International Barcode of Life (iBOL) Consortium meeting in October, 2018 where he presented a talk titled ‘Canada’s Arctic‘. His talk highlighted the importance of Arctic ecosystems and the role CHARS is playing in facilitating research in Canada’s North. During our visit to CHARS, Ian sat down with us for an interview further highlighting these topics.
interview with ian hogg
Ian talks about the changes being observed in the Canadian Arctic and the tools needs to effectively research shifting ecosystems