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Supervisor: A. Doxey & J. Hirota

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A transcriptomic analysis of the effects of tobacco and cannabis smoke extracts on lung epithelial cells in vitro and the efficacy of standard combination inhaled therapies at attenuating smoke-induced changes in the lung epithelium. 

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Supervisor: J. Neufeld

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I study novel bacteria that can efficiently break down toxic nitrogenous waste (ammonia and urea) in engineered wastewater treatment system.

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Supervisor: K. Ma

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Supervisor: H. Broders

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I study the behavioural ecology and landscape use of little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus) on Prince Edward Island. My research is a collaboration with Parks Canada and I work primarily in Prince Edward Island National Park.

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Supervisors: Todd Holyoak

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Supervisor: J. Neufeld

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Supervisor: P. Craig

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Nathan is studying the effects that an immune response has on the energetics of fish. He is looking at both the whole organism response by measuring oxygen consumption rate as well as the RNA profile to see what changes occur at the cellular level. 

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Supervisors: A. Doxey / J. Neufeld 

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Supervisors: H. Swanson

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Tara is studying the sources of variability affecting fish omega-3 fatty acid profiles in freshwater lakes. Her work is part of the Northern Water Futures project and will be carried out in the Dehcho region of the Northwest Territories. 

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Supervisor: Kim Cuddington

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I’m researching how to incorporate temperature into population models of invasive Asian carp to better predict the severity of their invasion in the Great Lakes.

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Supervisor: Roland Hall

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Supervisor: B. Katzenback

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Supervisor: M. Power

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Jacob is using stable isotopes to examine the feeding ecology and thermal niche of an imperiled freshwater fish; Silver Shiner.

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Supervisor: Mark Servos

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Supervisors: Paul Craig

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Supervisor:  Moira Glerum & Andrew Doxey

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My project involves investigating the origins of proteins involved in mitochondrial diseases. I'm using a bioinformatics based approach to try to demonstrate that these proteins have additional functions outside of the mitochondrial respiratory chain. 

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Supervisor: T. Charles

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Maya is studying global regulation in Sinorhizobium meliloti in response to environmental conditions. Her research is specifically focused on the production of polyhydroxybutyrate and how its regulation is connected to regulation of other cell systems.

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Supervisor: B. Duncker

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Supervisor:  Rebecca C. Rooney

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Supervisor: M. Marsden

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Supervisor: Barb Katzenback

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Investigating elements of innate immunity in the skin of the North American wood frog.

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Supervisor: H. Swanson

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Jared is studying how anthropogenic processes influence lower trophic productivity and fish habitat use in Nunavut's Kivalliq region, near the community of Baker Lake. Jared's research is in partnership with Agnico Eagle Mines Limited.

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Supervisor: Z. Leonenko

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My research focuses on the effects of neuroprotective molecules and antimicrobial peptides on Alzheimer's disease pathology.

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Supervisor: M. Power

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Britney is determining the thermal and oxygen physiological tolerances of the imperilled Eastern Sand Darter to help recovery biologists define the critical habitat of the species to make accurate conservation management decisions. 

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Supervisor: S. Lolle

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Supervisor: D. Rose

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Supervisor: L. Hug

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Nikhil is examining viral diversity and virus-host interactions in municipal landfills. He is also aiming to identify new CRISPR-Cas systems from microbes in these sites. 

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Supervisor: Roland Hall

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Supervisor: Roland Hall

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Supervisors: B. McConkey & J. Neufeld

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Supervisor: H. Broders 

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Supervisor: B. Dixon

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Supervisor(s): B. Katzenback & P. Craig

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Supervisors: K. Müller & J. Witt

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Supervisor: M. Servos

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Supervisor: B. Dixon

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Supervisor: K. Müller

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Supervisor: H. Swanson & M. Power

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Using stable isotopes to determine the rates of mercury accumulation in Nunavut's inner Frobisher Bay Arctic marine food web. This information will be used to compare future changes to mercury dynamics induced by climate change in order to better understand the fate of Arctic char as a reliable diet source for Inuit. 

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Supervisor: L. Hug

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Supervisor: P. Craig

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Supervisor: P. Craig and B. Katzenback

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Heather is studying the effects of multiple stressors on fish populations and stress levels by measuring environmental DNA (to identify organisms present) and RNA (to measure stress levels). This will extend from the use of microRNA as a sub-lethal biomarker within tissue, to a biomarker within the water column, as well as understanding the dynamics of DNA secretion and degradation in different environmental conditions.

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Supervisor: R. Hall

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Studies the impacts of legacy mining projects in the Northwest Territories on lakes in the Yellowknife area using paleolimnology and particularly looks at how mining-associated metals like arsenic vary over space and time.

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Supervisor: H. Swanson

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Supervisor: A. Doxey

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Supervisor: L. Hug

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Grant's research focuses on the changes to the soil microbiome through the winter transition. Microbes are still active even under the ice and have implications for climate change, agriculture, and biogeochemical cycling. 

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Supervisor: David Rose

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Supervisor: L. Hug

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Lisa is studying microbial diversity and function at waste management sites, and investigate biofouling that occurs in a landfill gas capture system. Her research will determine means of disrupting or preventing biofilm formation, and therefore increase the efficiency of gas capture.

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Supervisor: R. Hall

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Mitchell's research centers around using long-term records of past environmental change obtained from lake sediment cores to improve our understanding of the roles of natural processes and human activities on hydroecological condition in the Peace-Athabasca Delta.

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Supervisors:  T. Charles & P. Chou

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Supervisor: K. Ma

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Supervisor: R. Rooney

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Supervisor: K. Müller

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Supervisor: B. Duncker

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Supervisor: Brian Dixon

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My research is focused on investigating differences in immune performance between diploid and triploid Chinook salmon through MHC genotyping and T cell counts.

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Supervisor: Bruce Reed

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Supervisor: R. Rooney

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Supervisor: Dale Martin

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Supervisor: Z. Leonenko

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Supervisor: A. Doxey

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Briallen is exploring metagenomic protein annotations to see if differing annotation techniques can increase the functional information available for remote homologs. She is also working on creating a prioritization scheme for functional characterization of domains of unknown function.

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Supervisor: B. McConkey

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Supervisor: A. Doxey

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Supervisor: J. Neufeld

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Supervisor: T. Holyoak

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Supervisor: Heidi Swanson

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Supervisor: R. Hall

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Supervisor: Brian Dixon

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Supervisor: S. Chuong & M. Smith (WLU)

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Supervisor: D. Rose

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Nardo's work focuses on protein expression using Eukaryotic systems, evaluation of enzymatic activity and substrate specificity as well as inhibition. 

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Supervisor: Dr. Roland Hall

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Laura is working towards identifying major drivers of seasonal and spatial variation in lake carbon balance across a northern floodplain landscape. 

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Supervisor: B. Reed

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Supervisor: Marc Aucoin

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Exploiting the immunogenic aspects of baculovirus for a multipronged vaccination strategy involving in vivo production of virus-like particles.

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Supervisor: Mark Servos

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The aim of Kirsten's project is to examine various reproductive endpoints in rainbow darter in order to understand the effects of wastewater exposure and wastewater treatment plant upgrades in the Grand River. Kirsten is interested in multiple levels of biological organization, including gene expression, steroid production and intersex severity.

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Supervisor:  Kirsten Müller

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Supervisor: S. Chuong & M. Smith (WLU)

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Supervisor: Hugh Broders

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Lori is studying Nova Scotia bats by conducting a pre- to post-introduction White-nose syndrome study of the summer breeding population using ultrasonic acoustic monitors.

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Supervisor: K. Müller & A. Doxey

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Vanessa's research involves the genomic study of an invasive red alga species. 

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Supervisor: R. Rooney

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Supervisor: Kesen Ma

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Supervisors: Mark Servos and Rebecca Rooney

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Hillary is studying changes in the trophic ecology of young-of-the-year walleye in the southern Grand River, Ontario, using stable isotopes of nitrogen and carbon. She is also working toward identifying priority spawning habitat using acoustic telemetry. 

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Supervisor: Trevor Charles

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Supervisor: R. Hall & B. Wolfe (WLU)

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Supervisors: R. Rooney 

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Jordan is studying how anthropogenic disturbance affects avian community composition in peatland ecosystems.

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Supervisor: B. McConkey

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Supervisor: R. Rooney

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Courtney is studying the effects of an invasive grass, Phragmites australis (European Common Reed), and large-scale herbicide-based restoration efforts on wetland communities and processes. Her work has a specific focus on plant community assembly, efficacy of restoration approaches, and secondary productivity (invertebrates) and at-risk bird species' (e.g. Barn Swallow) response to invaded, restored, and uninvaded habitat in Long Point, a World Biosphere Reserve.

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Supervisor: M. Power & J. Witt

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Supervisor: Brian Dixon

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Supervisor: R. Rooney

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Supervisor: Hugh Broders

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I study the diversity and population genetics of bat ectoparasites, including bat fleas and mites. 

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Supervisor: Roland Hall

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Supervisors: Brian Dixon & Daniel Heath

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Supervisor: K. Müller

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The presence of cyanobacteria within water samples taken from lakes within different ecozones in Canada that are used as drinking water sources. Using the cyanobacterial communities present, I help to determine the quality of water by detecting potential toxin producers as well as factors that could be influencing cyanobacteria growth and bloom formation. 

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Supervisors: J. Witt & G.D. Dixon

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Supervisors: H. Swanson

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Rosie is studying the movement and habitat use of Arctic char near Kugluktuk, Nunavut, in collaboration with the Kugluktuk Hunters and Trappers Organization. Rosie's work is funded by Fisheries and Oceans Canada through the Coastal Restoration Fund. 

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Supervisor: Brian Dixon

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To determine how probiotics can be used to enhance the immune response of triploid Chinook salmon used in aquaculture against bacterial pathogens.

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Supervisor: M. Servos

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Supervisor: B. Duncker

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Supervisor: Roland Hall

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Studying the role of an upstream tributary involved with ice-jam flooding and it’s potential influence on hydrological changes in a northern Canadian delta. She analyzes lake sediment cores to help characterize the influence of upstream climate on the hydrology of the delta. 

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Supervisor: H. Broders

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Supervisor: Trevor Charles

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Supervisor: T. Holyoak

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Supervisor: J. Neufeld

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Jackson combines environmental DNA sequencing (e.g., 16S rRNA gene, metagenomic), enrichment culturing, and rate incubations to explore microbial iron cycling in Canadian boreal shield lakes. Working at the IISD-Experimental Lakes Area, he aims to characterize how anaerobic iron-oxidizing and reducing bacteria serve as biogeochemical links to other key elemental cycles (C, N, S) and to understand the magnitude of the impact of those bacteria on ecosystem-level processes.

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Supervisor: Josh Neufeld

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Supervisor: T. Charles

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Supervisor: B. Katzenback

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Joseph is studying the small but mighty, antimicrobial peptides and how they modulate frog skin innate immunity. 

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Supervisor: L. Hug

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Characterizing the distribution of putative bioplastic degrading organisms across pristine and contaminated environments using metagenomics. 

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Supervisor:  Andrew Doxey

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Regulatory motif identification in promoters that are associated with different functions or expression patterns.

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Supervisor: H. Swanson

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The composition of chars in the Coronation Gulf near Kugluktuk, Nunavut, in partnership with the Kugluktuk Hunters and Trappers Organization, to evaluate the causes for a decline in the number of Arctic char present in the critical local subsistence fishery. I am combining western science, in the form of novel molecular tools and morphological analyses, with traditional knowledge to assess whether climate change has altered the species composition of the fishery.

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Supervisor: B. McConkey

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Supervisor: M. Servos

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Supervisor: S. Chuong

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Supervisor: M. Servos

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Supervisor: S. Chuong

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