Dr. Laura Eerkes-Medrano holds a PhD in Physical Geography at UVic and is working on her second PhD also at UVic. An essential part of work in the last six years has been regular engagement with indigenous people in Tuktoyaktuk, Ulukhaktok, Sachs Harbour, Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, and Kugluktuk in the Canadian North, indigenous people in Gambell, Shaktoolik and Shishmaref in Alaska, and members of the shipping industry, such as NTCL. Through this work she gathers data on impactful weather and sea ice events that affect subsistence and industrial shipping activities. She has worked extensively with Canadian Coast Guard and icebreaking activities and has been on icebreaker deployments on the Arctia Otso in the Gulf of Bothnia, Finland, in 2017, and CCG Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Louis S. St-Laurent in 2015. A major goal is understanding how changing ice and weather conditions affect marine shipping operations with an eye to improving access to information. Laura has a strong interest in negotiating partnerships and engaging the marine shipping sector and indigenous people in science and policy making at all levels.
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