Alice Wilson, MSc

Permafrost Specialist
Western Arctic Research Centre (Inuvik)
867-777-3298 ext. 242

Research statement

I have participated in permafrost research in the Arctic since 2011. I first came to Inuvik in 2015 to conduct my Master's research looking at ground thermal regimes and vegetation succession at a site on Richard Island. Following that initial field excursion, I returned on three occasions in the succeeding two years before moving to Inuvik permanently in 2018 upon finishing university.

My current work focuses on increasing the capacity and communication of permafrost research in the western Arctic, as well as conducting research to better understand the influence of environmental variables spatially and temporally on ground thermal regimes. Another interest of mine is establishing a more extensive network of long-term monitoring sites and making this data available for the public. I am currently working on a snow manipulation project along the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway to examine the influence of snow compaction on permafrost ground thermal regimes, active layer thickness, and vegetation conditions. Since becoming the Permafrost Specialist in Inuvik I have presented at the Canadian Permafrost Conference and Tuktoyaktuk Science Day in August 2019. Additionally, I will be assisting with GeoWeek and Science Rendezvous in the communities as well as attending the Yellowknife Geoscience Forum in Yellowknife. Lastly, I am working with local partners to assist in increasing community-based permafrost monitoring and training.

Current Projects

  • Snow manipulation field experiment along the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway
  • Creating Northwest Territories permafrost database
  • Establishing and maintaining long-term ground temperature monitoring sites

Significant Contributions

Wilson MA, Kokelj, SV, Rudy, ACA, McAlister, J. 2019. Influence of snow compaction on ground temperatures at sites along the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway. Poster presentation at the 2019 Geoscience Forum, Yellowknife, NT. 

Wilson MA, Burn CR, and Humphries ER. 2019. Vegetation development and variation in near-surface ground temperatures at Illisarvik, western Arctic coast. In Proceedings of the 8th Canadian Permafrost Conference and 18th International Conference on Cold Regions Engineering, Quebec City, 18-21 August, 2019. American Society of Civil Engineers.

Wilson, MA. 2018. Vegetation succession and environmental relations at the Illisarvik drained lake experiment, western Arctic coast, Canada. MSc thesis, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON.

Wilson, MA, Burn, CR, Humphreys, E. 2016. Influence of vegetation succession on active-layer thickness and ground temperatures (1978-2016), Illisarvik, western Arctic coast. Poster presentation at the 2016 ArcticNet annual scientific meeting, Winnipeg, MB.

Wilson, MA. 2015. Inter-annual variability of CO2 dynamics of low-arctic tundra ponds in the Daring Lake, NWT area. Honours thesis, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON.