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.
I started working at ARI as a summer student in 2005 and never looked back. Over the years I’ve had a front-row seat to all kinds of exciting research initiatives in our region, and it’s a pleasure to work for such a dynamic organization. These days my focus is on science outreach to youth in the Beaufort Delta. This means bringing interactive science activities to students, and getting kids out into the field for hands-on experience with researchers and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals. It’s really rewarding work, putting together activities for the students and connecting them with careers they never considered.
Taking the curriculum and tying it to northern life and to the Land helps our youth see the local ties to sometimes distant concepts – and if they can explore the topic through a student-led experiment or with some robotics gear, even better! ARI’s outreach program helps bring classroom concepts to life in a hands-on, exciting way. We also offer community events and speaker series to promote science and research in the communities where we live and work.
Skills and Expertise
Science outreach and teaching are my main skills in play these days, but I have several years of experience in project management. I oversee our ethnobotany garden and taught botany for the Aurora College Environment & Natural Resources Technology Program.
ARI STEM Outreach Program – I work with educators and STEM professionals to provide hands-on activities to local youth, and coordinate community events and public research presentations to promote science and research taking place in the north.
Western Arctic Research Centre Ethnobotany Garden – I’ve contributed to the development of the garden and worked with the Gwich’in and Inuvialuit to ensure the interpretive materials reflect local traditional names and uses for the plants. I offer ethnobotany tours and class activities during the summer and help with content for the online virtual garden for people who want to see the plants in the winter.
NWT Native Seed Development Project. 2018. Poster presentation at the NWT Pests, Pathogens, and Invasive Species Symposium, Yellowknife, NWT.
Trimble A. 2012. Pairing Northern Students with International Polar Year Researchers: Increasing capacity and cross-cultural exchange. Oral presentation at the International Polar Year 2012 Final Conference, Montreal, QC.
Trimble A. 2010. NWT Native Seed Development Project. Oral presentation at the 7th Circumpolar Agricultural Conference, Norway.
NWT Native Seed Development Project. 2010-17. Poster presentation at the Arctic Energy & Emerging Technology conference/Inuvik Petroleum Show, Inuvik, NWT.
NWT wind and solar energy initiatives, various. 2010-17. Poster presentation at the Arctic Energy & Emerging Technology conference/Inuvik Petroleum Show, Inuvik, NWT.
Trimble A. 2008. Effects of thaw slumping on seed weight and germination in arctic grasses. B.Sc. Honours thesis, Department of Biology, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC.