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Polar Bears and Permafrost

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Kelvin Students present at ArcticNet and Wapusk National Park Symposium

Thousands of scientists descended upon Winnipeg this past week to present their research at the International Scientific Conference: ArcticNet.  The mission statement of the ASM2016 is to welcome researchers, students, Inuit, Northerners, policy makers and stakeholders to address the numerous environmental, social, economical and political challenges and opportunities that are emerging from climate change and modernization in the Arctic.  This year, Kelvin High school students presented their research as the first high school students to give official research talks alongside the professors and graduate students.

​Congratulations to Grace Ma who presented: Monitoring permafrost dynamics and the recovery of vegetation cover in recently burned lichen heath bogs in the Greater Wapusk Ecosystem and to Sean Perry and Molly Ingenmey who presented: A comparison of fluctuating asymmetry using WhiskerPrint software as a marker of environmental stress in captive-born polar bears versus wild polar bears of the Western Hudson Bay population. 

Also congratulations to the students who presented posters and participated in the conference:  Marissa Hamlin, Daniel Strang, Aidan Pinsk, Phaolan Sewel, Ciaran Woods, Alex Roth, Laia Shpeller, and Sarah Rauf.

The research is based on the work that was started on the Churchill ISAMR trips that Kelvin has been doing for the past five years.  ISAMR (International Student-led Arctic Monitoring and Research) is a group that Kelvin has formed with partners Park School of Baltimore and the Canadian Junior Rangers of Churchill.

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