CMN Webinar Registration Is Open

Dear friends and partners of the Canadian Mountain Network – Registration for the September 27, 2017 webinar is now open! On September 27, from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (MST), the Canadian Mountain Network (CMN) and the University of Alberta will host a live webinar aimed at advancing a major research initiative. We will be presenting the second draft of our revised mountain research themes and looking for input on our Letter of Intent toward our application…

Continue reading


CMN Webinar Registration Is Open

Dear friends and partners of the Canadian Mountain Network – Registration for the September 27, 2017 webinar is now open! On September 27, from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (MST), the Canadian Mountain Network (CMN) and the University of Alberta will host a live webinar aimed at advancing a major research initiative. We will be presenting the second draft of our revised mountain research themes and looking for input on our Letter of Intent toward our application…

Continue reading


CMN Webinar (September 2017) Hold the Date

Dear friends and partners of the Canadian Mountain Network – Please hold the date! On September 27, from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (MDT), the Canadian Mountain Network (CMN) and the University of Alberta will host a live webinar aimed at advancing a major research initiative. We will be presenting the second draft of our revised mountain research themes and looking for input on our Letter of Intent toward our application for the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE)…

Continue reading


2019 Networks of Centres of Excellence Call for Proposals Made

The NCE Secretariat announced a Call for Proposals on August 8, 2017, with $75 million over five years in funding available. Both new and established networks will be eligible to apply in this competition. There is no specific thematic focus for the competition. The initial stage of the application, the Letter of Intent (LOI), is due November 15, 2017. Before this date, the Canadian Mountain Network will host a webinar regarding the writing of the…

Continue reading


Ecological Disturbances May Cause Willow Shrub Expansion

Photo Credits: USFWS Following recent reports of canopy cover increases in Alaska, northern Quebec, and in northern Russia, Myers-Smith et al. studied willow expansion on Herschel Island, a land mass of about 100 km2 reaching an elevation of 183m above sea level. The island’s soils are “composed of glacial and marine deposits, underlain by ice-rich permafrost” (611) that support lowland tundra flora. Animal species on the island include “musk oxen, caribou, collared lemmings, and rock…

Continue reading


The Canadian Mountain Network is Hiring a Graduate Student Communications Intern

Pictured: Chenoa Sly, current Graduate Student Communications Intern, skating on Pyramid Lake. The Canadian Mountain Network is hiring a new Intern through the Graduate Student Internship Program (GSIP) to join the Communications Team. If you are, or someone you know may be, interested, check out the job posting here. The application deadline is August 28, 2017. This position will offer a student many networking opportunities and the chance to develop new skill-sets. It will provide…

Continue reading


Climate Warming May Contribute to Shrub Expansion and Lichen Decline in the Western Canadian Arctic

Photo Credit: Western Arctic National Parklands A 2014 study by Robert H. Fraser et. al attempts to understand the reasons behind shrub expansion into more northern climates and the decline in lichen patches in the Low Arctic region. The researchers argue that climate warming around the Arctic region has caused northern regions in Canada to go through important temperature driven changes “in the form of increased thermokarst, larger tundra fires, and enhanced vegetation productivity” (1154).…

Continue reading


Addressing British Columbia’s Biggest Water Challenges in a Changing Climate

Photo Credits: Miroslav Volek The report discusses “climate change and shifting hydrological conditions” placing British Columbia (BC) “into an increasingly uncertain water future.” (1) Rosie Simms and Oliver M. Brandes have identified five water challenges in the province: “building resilience to drought and floods; sustaining water for nature; understanding the state of British Columbia’s watersheds; protecting water quality for drinking, swimming, and fishing; and reconciling the water energy nexus.” (1) Their report identifies ways of…

Continue reading


Colonialism is a Social Determinant of Health and Should Inform Our Thinking About “Aboriginal” Mental Health

Photo Credit Elīna Baltiņa Sarah Nelson argues that ‘mental health service research and discourse reflect… colonial ideas and, as such, constitute a social determinant of mental health for Aboriginal peoples in Canada” (1).Colonialism has resulted in the “displacement and marginalization of Aboriginal communities and individuals, and the perpetuation of discriminatory or stereotyped ideas about what it means to be Aboriginal” (1). Colonialism, “limits available resources and opportunities,” and more directly, “has impacted Aboriginal peoples’ mental…

Continue reading


Developing a Risk Assessment Tool to Assess Effects of Permafrost Thaw on Cultural Resources in the Northwest Territories

Courtesy of Steve Jurvetson Terrain alterations caused by permafrost thaw due to a warming climate are damaging the “rich archaeological record of the Arctic Coast and (is) impacting sites used today by traditional harvesters.” (15) To evaluate the extent of these effects, Thomas D. Andrews et al. have developed a tool for assessing the risks of thawing permafrost. Their research is focused in the Gwich’in region situated on the northwestern border of Northwest Territories, including…

Continue reading