As part of a project which is pioneering a completely novel approach to ecosystem biodiversity monitoring using genomics, we seek to work with local communities to see how results from this work compare to traditional knowledge. We would also like to study local community perceptions of this new technology to determine how it can be used to complement traditional knowledge and empower volunteer monitoring networks to deliver world-class science to monitor their local ecosystems. The MSc project is a collaboration between Donald Baird (Canadian Rivers Institute, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick) and Sarah Rosolen (Aurora Research Institute, Fort Smith, Northwest Territories). The student would be registered in the graduate program in the Biology at UNB Fredericton, but would have the opportunity to spend extended periods conducting field work in northern communities associated with the project (Fort Smith, NWT; Fort Resolution, NWT and Fort Chipewyan, AB). For more information, please see the attached notice: MSc Student Position (PDF)
Our priority at this time is the health and safety of the Aurora College/Aurora Research Institute community, as well as the larger NWT and research communities. In response to the global pandemic of COVID-19, the Western Arctic (WARC), North Slave (NSRC) and South Slave (SSRC) Research Centres are currently closed. A limited amount of WARC research support and logistical services for outside researchers are available at this time.