Pascale Roy-Léveillée

PascaleNSPascale is an assistant professor of Geography at Laurentian University, in the School of Northern and Community Studies. She is part of the Living with Lakes Research Centre and the Cooperative Freshwater  Ecology Unit of the university. Her research considers permafrost conditions and patterns of permafrost degradation in Arctic and sub-Arctic peatlands, and is conducted in collaboration with communities living in permafrost landscapes. Her current work focuses on thermokarst lake initiation, permafrost degradation near thermokarst lakeshores, and permafrost recovery in drained lake basins, and takes place in Northern and central Yukon.

Adam Kirkwood

Adam is a fourth year student completing his B.Sc in Environmental Science with a  specialization in Geography, and a certificate of geographic techniques. His thesis project investigates the production of greenhouse gases from permafrost peatlands in the Hudson Bay Lowlands of Far North Ontario. He is working in collaboration with Maara Packalen and Jim Mclaughlin of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Foresty, and participated in field work near Peawanuck in summer 2017. His research will help understand how this area may respond to climatic change. Adam has previous research experience at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in the field of remote sensing for environmental applications such as mapping and predicting cyanobacteria blooms. Beyond school, Adam is working hard to complete his commercial pilot’s license.

Kirkwood, A, Roy-Léveillée, P, Basiliko, N, McLaughlin, J. (2018) Greenhouse gas emissions from thawing permafrost in Polar Bear Provincial Park – ᑲᑎᑭᑌᐠ ᐱᑐᐡ ᑲᑎᑭᐠ ᐁ ᐃᔑ ᑭᔑᑲᐠ. Mushkegowuk Climate Summit 2018, January 24-25, 2018, Timmins, ON. doi: 10.6084/m9.figshare.5852010
Conference proceedings
Kirkwood A, Roy-Leveille P, Basiliko N, Mykytczuk N, McLaughlin J, Packalen M. (2018) Organic matter decomposability in degrading palsa fields of the Hudson Bay Lowlands (HBL), Ontario, Canada. In 2018 International Geographical Union Regional Conference and Canadian Association of Geographer Annual Meeting, Quebec City, QC, August 6-10, 2018. (Abstract)
Kirkwood, A, Roy-Leveille, P, Basiliko, N, McLaughlin, J, Packalen, M. (2018) Microbial greenhouse gas production in permafrost peatlands of the Hudson Bay Lowlands, Canada. In 5th European Conference on Permafrost, Chamonix, France, June 23-July 1, 2018. (Extended abstract)

Mary Kerr

Mary is working towards he M.Sc. in Biology at Laurentian University. Her thesis project investigates the effects of increased active layer moisture on permafrost sustainability in Arctic and subarctic peatlands. Her research will help differentiate conditions where increased moisture leads to an increased thermal offset from conditions where increased moisture may lead to a deepening of the active layer and permafrost degradation. She is working in collaboration with Stephan Gruber, Canada Research Chair in Climate Change Impacts/Adaptation in Northern Canada.

Kerr, M, Roy-Leveillee, P. 2018. The effects of increased ground moisture on permafrost sustainability. 2018 Biology Graduate Seminar at Laurentian University, April 2018, Sudbury, ON. doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.6167927

Candice Remillard-Scott

Candice is completing her B.Sc in Environmental Science with a specialization in Geography, and a certificate of geographic techniques. Her thesis project examines relations between land cover and the occurrence of near-surface permafrost near the community of Fort Severn, Ontario, where she conducted field work in summer 2017. Her work with satellite imagery and field data will lead to the development of a map and a preliminary assessment of permafrost distribution near the community, which is located in the continuous permafrost zone of the Hudson Bay lowlands.

Remillard-Scott C, Roy-Leveillee P, Sarrazin-Delay, C, Pearson, D (2018) The distribution of permafrost near fort Severn Ontario. In 2018 International Geographical Union – Canadian Association of Geographers – National Conference for Geographic Education, August 6-10 2018, Quebec City. doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.7026362



Former lab members


Emma Ciric

IMG_0776bEmma pursued a BA in Geography with a minor in biology and a certificate in geographical techniques (GIS, air photo interpretation, etc) at Laurentian. Her thesis project aimed to describe and assess beaded stream distribution in the valleys of the Blackstone and East Blackstone rivers near Chapman Lake, in central Yukon. Emma presented her thesis work at the Canadian Association of Geographer Annual Meeting and graduated in 2017. Emma went on to pursue a MSc in Coastal and Marine Science at the University of Algarve, in Portugal, and worked on methane emissions from open system pingos in Svalbard for her thesis.

Ciric, E, Roy-Leveillee, P (2017) Beaded Streams: A case study in the Blackstone Uplands, Yukon, Canada. Canadian Association of Geographers 2017: Towards a Just and Sustainable World, May 29-June2, 2017, Toronto, ON. doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.5786793.v1

Nathan Romahn

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Nathan is a second year student pursuing a degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership (ADVL) with a minor in Geography at Laurentian University. He completed his ADVL internship with the Permafrost Research Laboratory in summer 2016, providing logistical support for Emma’s thesis research in the Blackstone Uplands of central Yukon. Through his work Nathan assisted with the planning and implementation of camp and transportation logistics, the investigation of safety concerns relevant to the study area, and permafrost data collection activities in the field. Nathan is an experienced hiker and avid  rock climber, and it was great to have him on our team to facilitate field logistics.

Erin Gordey

Erin Gordey worked as a research assistant at the permafrost research laboratory. She built a scale model to mimic frost penetration and ice segregation in fine grained sediment, assessed organic matter and carbon content in permafrost samples, and helped us to continue improve the set-up of our lab and work space. Erin is a graduate of the Laurentian University Geography Program, and has extensive experience working (and living) in Arctic and northern communities. Since fall 2017, she is pursuing a MA in Indigenous Relations at Lauentian University.

Krystal Siebert

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Krystal worked as a research assistant at the permafrost laboratory. She used GIS to assist with the calculation of thermokarst lakeshore erosion rates in the tundra of Old Crow Flats. Krystal also worked on a circumpolar inventory of tundra lowlands with thermokarst lakes, and helped setting-up the new permafrost laboratory. She will left us in fall 2016, to pursue a Masters of Spatial Analysis at Ryerson University.