Tłı̨chǫ Summer Student Program

The Barrenlands in the Daring Lake area are rich in natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and human history.  Situated in the low Arctic, they provide the perfect setting for northern research—and for young Northerners to see firsthand how studies into climate change and other topics are carried out. As part of a long-term study of tundra-atmosphere interactions at Daring Lake, university researchers are studying the exchange of important greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide and methane) between tundra surfaces and the atmosphere.  They are measuring these exchanges over various tundra types (upland tundra, wet sedge fen, and shrub sites) and assessing carbon sink/source strength of the Daring Lake region.   

The Tłı̨chǫ Summer Student Research Assistant Program is a joint initiative of the Wek'èezhìi Renewable Resources Board and Environment and Natural Resources, GNWT and Aurora Research Institute.  The objective of this program is to provide hands on education and training experiences for Tłįcho students. This is a five year program in which Tłįcho high school students from the North Slave Region are hired as research assistants to work alongside  researchers at the Tundra Ecosystem Research Station at Daring Lake for 1 month in the summer.

Summer students participate in all aspects of the daily routine.  In 2014,  students assisted in the field by sampling vegetation and microbial communities and taking measurements of photosynthesis and respiration, and biomass.  They also assisted in permafrost study fieldwork, measuring permafrost active layer depth; and in the lab by preparing samples for examination under microscopes and by drying plant samples for later analysis  They checked sensors, took water temperatures on tundra lakes, hauled equipment, recorded data, collected plant samples, assisted with vegetation point framing, and performed other field tasks.  And finally, before ending their day, they assisted with camp duties at the Research Station. 

Tłı̨chǫ Summer Student Research Assistants

2013 
Izaak Wedzin                                  Brandon Zoe
Izaak Wedzin at Daring Lake Brandon Zoe at Daring Lake
Click here to read reflections on the 2013 program.

2014 
Susan Machan                                Roman Lamouelle
Susan Machan at Daring Lake   Roman Lamouelle at Daring Lake
Click here to read reflections on the 2014 program.

For more information about this program, please contact:

Karin Clark
Wildlife Division
Environment and Natural Resources
Phone: 867-920-3014
Fax: 867-873-0293
Email:  Karin_Clark@gov.nt.ca

or

Susan Beaumont
Communications Officer
Wek'eezhii Renewable Resources Board
Phone: 867-873-5741
Fax: 867-873-5743
Email: sbeaumont@wrrb.ca

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