Now accepting abstracts for the 2019 colloquium!

The Northern Studies Colloquium invites graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines to share and discuss their research that, broadly defined, is related to “the North” *. The Colloquium is a free, one-day event that seeks to provide a balanced, supportive and casual environment where Trent students may come together to share, discuss, and showcase their diverse work. The event is a unique opportunity to present to your peers and foster a deeper understanding of the North. The Colloquium will take place at Trent University’s Gathering Space (First People’s House of Learning) on March 19, 2019 (9 am-4pm).
Abstracts are now being accepted from all graduate students and undergraduate students for oral and poster presentations. Abstracts are due on Friday, Feb 22nd 2019.
Completed abstract submissions forms and any questions can be sent to
Presentations will be organized according to the following themes**:

  • Scale
  • Movement and migration
  • Safety and security
  • Change, response and adaptation
  • Knowledge(s), ways of understanding and methods
  • Management, decision-making and policy

All Submissions MUST include:

  • Title
  • Author(s)
  • Program (including whether it is graduate or undergraduate)
  • Abstract (max 300 words incl. background and purpose/objective of study; methods; [anticipated] results; conclusion/discussion)
  • Three keywords
  • At least two themes (from the list above)
  • Preference for a poster or a 10-minute oral presentation (or both)

* Our definition of “North” is open to participants’ interpretation. Students and presenters often touch on issues pertaining to the Arctic environment and landscape, but also present their work relating to other areas in Canada not included in the political or administrative “North” that we often consider, for example, northern Ontario, north of Winnipeg, etc.
** Please let us know if you have a hard time fitting into one of these categories.

Panelist Announcement

We have our panelists for the evening portion of the colloquium! Dr. Chris Furgal will be moderating Bill Albany (Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation), Dr. Kaitlin Breton-Honeyman (Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board), Dr. James Schaefer (Trent University), and Dr. Suzanne Stewart (Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health). The panel on “The Role of Northern Research in Reconciliation” will be from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough after a light dinner at 6:00 pm.

Daytime Event Schedule

8th Annual Trent Northern Studies Colloquium Presentation Schedule

 9:00 AM – Doors open

9:15 AM – Opening remarks

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM – Movement and Migration

09:30     Amelia MacDonald – Passage population estimation for endangered rufa Red Knots staging in southwestern James Bay, Ontario

09:45     Tamar Richards – Effects of adsorption on Icelandic dust deposition

10:00     Rachael Derbyshire – Spatio-temporal determinants of population dynamics in a northern predator

10:15     Stephen McGovarin – Mercury source tracing in the Wabigoon River: Linking stable isotopes in riverine sediments to aquatic biota

10:30     Allie Anderson – Stopover length and migratory performance of shorebirds through southwestern James Bay, Ontario

10:45 – 11:00 AM – BREAK AND POSTERS

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM – Knowledge(s), Ways of Understanding and Methods

11:00     Shirin Nuesslein – Key factors influencing food security status of vulnerable groups in Inuit communities: A case study of Elders in Nunatsiavut

11:15     Kirsten Solmundson – Genetic Network Analysis of Narwhals (Monodon    monoceros)

11:30     Brie-Anne Breton – Investigating the use of eDNA as population abundance tool for larval amphibians

11:45     Patrick Levasseur – Estimating mineral surface area and acid sensitivity of forest soils, Kitimat, British


12:00     Tristan Baecklund – Screening Vulpes lagopus immunogenetic regions to identify patterns of local


12:15 – 1:15 PM – LUNCH AND POSTERS

1:15 PM   Lisa Janz – Roberta Bondar Post-Doctoral Fellow in Northern and Polar Research – Paleoecology and Archaeology in North Asia: Science as Cross-Disciplinary and Collaborative

1:30 – 2:45 PM – Change, Response and Adaptation

1:30       Erin Prewar – Genomic evidence of arctic adaptation in Ovibos Moschatus (Muskox)

1:45       Katie Rosa – The role of Indigenous knowledge and values in wildlife management across the globe: A systematic literature review

2:00       Samantha Bird – Microbial diversity within a unique subarctic mammal as characterized by diet, distribution, and disease

2:15       Justin Johnson – Genome-wide patterns of methylation in a free-ranging carnivore reveal signatures of range-wide geographic and climatic identity

2:30       Melanie Boudreau – The effects of fear in the wild: how snowshoe hares respond to the threat of predation

2:45 – 3:00 PM – BREAK AND POSTERS

3:00 PM – 4:15 PM – Management, Decision-Making and Policy

3:00       Crystal Kelly – Do birds of a feather flock together? A study of population genetics of Sandhill cranes in Ontario using shed feathers as a source of DNA

3:15       Jason Fenno – The future of Northern Indigenous policing in Alaska and the Yukon Territory

3:30       Sarah Haworth – Using microbiome genomic profiling to assess the health of wild and captive mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) populations

3:45       Karen Everett – Border management and the Canadian North

4:00       Robby Marotte – Occupancy of bobcat and Canada lynx on the north shore of Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada

4:15 PM – Closing

Mark your calendars!

This year’s Northern Studies Colloquium will be held on April 4 at the Trent Student Center Event Space during the day (9 am – 4 pm) and The Canadian Canoe Museum in the evening (6 pm – 9 pm).

Our theme this year is “The Role of Research in Reconciliation”.

The day event will feature student presentations and posters on their research, and refreshments will be provided.

The evening portion of the event will feature three panelists with a diverse background involving northern research. A light dinner will be provided.

A schedule and more details on panelists and presenters to follow!