Science & Research








Research Chairs

Dr. David Barber

Canada Research Chair in Arctic System Science: Tier 1 - seven years

Dr. Barber's CRC work involves field and theoretical research to expand scientific knowledge of the effects of global warming on sea ice in the Arctic, and to develop more effective tools to predict, and deal with, its potentially harmful effects. Throughout his work, Dr. Barber wants to expand scientific knowledge about both the physical and biological processes at work in the ocean-sea ice-atmosphere system. He also hopes to develop innovative modelling tools to predict changes in the system, both in space and over time, and to share his discoveries with key stakeholders, such as the Aboriginal peoples of the Arctic and private sector industry. Read more about David Barber.

Dr. Søren Rysgaard

Canada Excellence Research Chair in Arctic Geomicrobiology and Climate Change - seven years

Research in Arctic geomicrobiology and climate change will allow us to further existing knowledge in this important field and help scientists gain a better understanding of our climate and our environment. Dr. Rysgaard's CERC research will explore microbial activity and chemical transformations within sea ice and ocean sediments as they occur. His team will be the first to intensely investigate the Arctic at the micro-scale. Dr. Rysgaard's work will also provide tools for assessing Arctic resource development, sustainable development of these resources, and impacts on northern peoples. Read more about Søren Rysgaard. 

Dr. Feiyue Wang

Canada Research Chair in Arctic Environmental Chemistry: Tier 1 - seven years

Associated with the unprecedented opportunities for Arctic development is the risk of chemical contamination of its vulnerable ecosystems. Dr. Wang's CRC work involves laboratory-, mesocosm- and field-scale research to examine chemical and biogeochemical processes at freezing temperatures and their implications for the fate and effects of contaminants (e.g., mercury, oil) in the Arctic under a changing climate. Throughout his work, Dr. Wang wants to understand the interplay between chemical contamination and climate change, and to provide critically needed knowledge and tools to improve policies and practices leading to sustainable development in the Arctic. Read more about Feiyue Wang.

Fei Wang