Our priority at this time is the health of 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. All of the WARC research support and logistical services for outside researchers are suspended at this time.
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.
Skills and Expertise
Field work in remote locations
Maintenance and inventory of equipment
Operation of motorized equipment (e.g. boats, skidoo, ATVs)
Supervision of summer staff
Coordination of logistics
Coordination and implementation of safety protocols
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.
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.