Edwin Amos

Acting Director, Western Arctic Research Centre
Western Arctic Research Centre (Inuvik)
867-777-3298 ext. 210

I’m an Inuvialuit Beneficiary of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement. I was born and raised in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Over the years, I’ve gained a broad range of work experience that included heavy equipment operation, construction, painting, and the oil and gas industry. In 2013, I decided to change my career path to the environmental field. I graduated with honours from the Environment and Natural Resources Technology Program in 2015. During the program I worked as a Summer Student with ARI.

After graduation, I was hired as an Intern Technician, and since 2016, I’ve been a permanent Technician at ARI. My job allows me to work directly with scientists to conduct research. I enjoy getting on the land with the skidoos and boats to assist with research. It’s important to me to protect the land and animals in the western Arctic, so they’re available for future generations. This job helps me achieve that goal.

Education: Environment and Natural Resource Technology (Dip) 

Skills and Expertise

  • Field work in remote locations
  • Maintenance and inventory of equipment
  • Operation of motorized equipment (e.g. boats, skidoo, ATVs)
  • Sample collection
  • Data entry
  • Research assistance
  • Supervision of summer staff
  • Coordination of logistics
  • Coordination and implementation of safety protocols


Current Projects

  • Air Quality Monitoring – I provide technical support and troubleshooting for this project.  This includes calibrating air sensors, performing weekly checks of the monitoring equipment, and getting the station back online following service disruptions.
  • Permafrost monitoring – I collect data from permafrost monitoring stations, convert the data, and enter the data for analysis.
  • River water sampling – I collect river water samples from the Mackenzie and Arctic Red Rivers.
  • Pile infrastructure monitoring – I download data from nine loggers attached to five piles which continuously record the ground temperature at different depths.



  • M. S. Schwab, R. G. Hilton, P.A. Raymond, N. Haghipour, E. Amos, S.E. Tank, E.T. Tipper, and T. I. Eglinton. In Press. An aged carbon discharge event in Arctic Rivers associated with abrupt winter warming. Nature.

  • Behnke, M. I., McClelland, J. W., Tank, S. E., Kellerman, A. M., Holmes, R. M., Haghipour, N., Eglinton, T.I., Raymond, P.A., Suslova, A., Zhulidov, A.V., Gurtovaya, T., Zimov, N., Zimov, S., Mutter, E.A., Amos, E., and Spender, R.G.M. (2021). Pan-Arctic riverine dissolved organic matter: Synchronous molecular stability, shifting sources and subsidies. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 35, e2020GB006871. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GB006871

    Schwab, M. S., Hilton, R. G., Raymond, P. A., Haghipour, N., Amos, E., Tank, S. E., et al. (2020). An abrupt aging of dissolved organic carbon in large Arctic rivers. Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2020GL088823. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GL088823

  • Scott Zolkos, David P. Krabbenhoft, Anya Suslova, Suzanne E. Tank, James W. McClelland, Robert G.M. Spencer, Alexander Shiklomanov, Alexander V. Zhulidov, Tatiana Gurtovaya, Nikita Zimov, Sergey Zimov, Edda A. Mutter, Les Kutny, Edwin Amos, Robert M. Holmes. In Press. Mercury Export from Arctic Great Rivers. Environmental Science & Technology 2020 54 (7), 4140-4148  DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.9b07145

  • Amos E, Hille E, di Cenzo P, Wrona F, Paquette-Struger B. 2016. Impacts of Lake Ice, Shoreline Retrogressive Thaw Slumping and Fire on the Water Quality and Productivity of Small Tundra Lakes in the Northwestern Arctic. Poster presentation at the 2016 ArcticNet Scientific Meeting, Winnipeg, MB.