Seamus Daly

Research Coordinator, NSRC
North Slave Research Centre (Yellowknife)
867 767-8220


MSc. Geography, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge AB

BSc. Geography with a concentration in Geographic information Systems (GIS), University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge AB

Research Statement:

As a Research Coordinator with the Aurora Research Institute I am involved with a variety of projects within the disciplines of hydrology, biogeochemistry and limnology that assess the influence of terrestrial and aquatic processes on the recovery of lakes impacted by mining pollution and changing permafrost regimes.

Born and raised in Yellowknife NT, I have an interest in local contamination caused by mining activity. I also have a background in researching permafrost and permafrost environments, specifically with regard to permafrost distribution, effect of climate change on permafrost and the strain changing permafrost can put on human-environment interactions. I approach my research subjects from a spatial/mapping perspective and believe the growing field of GIS and Geomatics can be used to help gain a deeper understanding of the complex systems we encounter in environmental sciences.

I have 5 years of experience conducting northern based research. Research conducted over this time period has involved collaborations across local communities, government agencies and academia.

Current Projects:

Subarctic Lakes in a changing climate (SLACC)

Nature and Climate Sensitivity of Thermokarst Lakes, Northwest Territories.

Northwest Territories Thermokarst Mapping Collective

Data Mining: Effect of Peak Mining Activity on Lakes Near Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Significant Contributions:

Kokelj, S.V., Gingras-Hill, T., Daly, S.V., Morse, M., Wolfe, S., Rudy, A.C., van der Sluijs, J., Weiss, N., O’Neill, B., Baltzer, J., Lantz, T.C., Gibson, C., Cazon, D., Fraser, R.H., Froese, D.G., Giff, G., Klengenberg, C., Lamoureux, S.F., Quinton, W., … Young, J. (2023). The Northwest Territories Thermokarst Mapping Collective: a northern-driven mapping collaborative toward understanding the effects of permafrost thaw. Arctic Science.

Daly, S. V., Bonnaventure, P. P., & Kochtitzky, W. (2022). Influence of ecosystem and disturbance on near‐surface permafrost distribution, Whatì, Northwest Territories, Canada. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 33(4), 339-352.