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35th Annual Cold Regions Conference

Nov 24, 2022| Nov 25, 2022



45 Lodge Street

Waterloo, ON N2J 2V5


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Events this year include

Two days of student research talks
3-minute research synopsis competition
2 Keynote talks including

  • Emerging Researcher Keynote,
  • CRRC Closing Keynote Speaker,

If you are not submitting an abstract but want to register for 35th annual Cold Regions Conference (i.e., a faculty member, research partner or non-presenting student), please use the link below to register



Key Note Speakers


3Min Thesis Presenter

Cold Regions Conference: DAY 1 – THURSDAY, NOV. 24 2022

Session 1: Modelling species and/or habitat distributions
9:15 -9:30 am
Regional muskox density in the Northwest Territories

​Charlotte Rentmeister

9:30-09:45 am
Investigating the hydrologic impacts of increasing beaver activity on lakes and streams in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region
Dilshan Kariyawasam
09:45-10:00 am
Implications of Beaver Dams on the hydrology of Arctic Watersheds

​Jackson Seto

Multispecies modelling of an ecologically intact protected area, Thaidene Nëné Indigenous Protected Area, NWT
Eric Jolin
Session 2: Snow and Ice Monitoring
10:30-10:45 pm
Changes in the Shallow Firn Layer of Devon Ice Cap, Nunavut between 2011 to 2022

Danielle Halle

10:45-11:00 am
Innovative approaches to monitoring lake snow in Canada’s Sub-Arctic

Alicia Pouw

11:00-11:15 am
Air-snow-ice-water interactions and variability in northern lakes

Arash Rafat

11:15-11:30 am
Using CSA SWOT Lake Altimetry Data to Advance the Understanding and Modelling of Thermokarst lakes and Lake Networks in the Canadian Arctic

Alexander Fogal

11:30-11:45 am
Bulk Snow Density Estimates from Passive Microwave Remote Sensing and Automatic Weather Stations

Jeffrey Welch

Break: 11:45-12:30 pm
Session 3: Disturbance impacts on ecosystems and species
12:30-12:45 pm
The drying of the Arctic and future changes: a case study from the Western Canadian Arctic
Brampton Dakin
12:45-01:00 pm
Post-fire changes in sub-canopy radiation and permafrost degradation at Scotty Creek, NWT, Canada
Maude Auclair
01:00-01:15 pm
Indigenous Resurgence and Settler Accumulation: a discussion of environmental stewardship & colonial economies
Ryan Planche
01:15-01:30 pm
A participatory mapping approach to Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area monitoring and management in Sambaa K’e First Nation, Northwest Territories, Canada
Michael McPhee
01:30-01:45 pm
Effect of Rare Earth Elements Nd, Pr and Y, Individually and in Mixtures to Daphnia magna
Celine Do
02:00-02:15 pm
Characterization of growth and the GH-IGF1 pathway in juvenile mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus) exposed to ammonium chloride
Olena Kuntyj
Break : 03:00 – 03:10
Three-Minute Talks
03:10– 04:15pm
Stuart Anderson, Elise Brown-Dussault, Maria Belke Brea, Jocelyn Biro, Claire O’Brien, Claudia Haas, Caitlyn Lyons, Ida Moalemi
Break: 02:00-03:00 pm
Three-Minute Talks/h6>
03:10-04:15 PM
Madeline Patenall, Nicole, Andreola, Gabriel, Spizzirri, Iain Thomson, Nadia Abumazen, Daniela Klicper, Ali Reza Shahvaran, Laura Anderson, Malcolm Brockett, Eric Leonard
Break: 04:15-04:30pm
Keynote: 04:30-06:00pm
Social at Wilf’s: 06:30pm

Cold Regions Conference: Days 2 – FRIDAY, NOV. 25 2022

Arrivals and registration: 8:30-9:00
Day 2 Welcome and opening remarks: 9:00-9:15
Session 4: Hydrology & Water Quality
09:15-09:30 am
Pairing isotopic and direct measurements to capture both dimensions of a water balance

Evan Wilcox

Future climate may enhance arsenic release from mining pollution-affected peatlands near Yellowknife, NT
Jeremy Leathers
9:45-10:00 am
An integrated framework for monitoring water quantity, water quality and contaminant deposition at lakes across the Peace-Athabasca Delta (Alberta, Canada)

Laura Neary

10:00-10:15 pm
Hydrological and limnological trajectories of shallow lakes in a northern delta over space and time since 2015

Arisha Imran

Break: 10:45-11:00
Session 5: Remote Sensing of Cold Regions
The Role of Climate Change on Algal Biomass

Michael Dallosch

Monitoring Lakes Surface Temperature in the North Slave Region, NWT using remote sensing

Gifty Attiah

Passive Microwave Sea Ice Edge Estimation over the Eastern Canadian Arctic

Armina Soleymani

Snow Observations from Above: Mapping Spatial Heterogeneity of Snow for Polygonal Terrain using Drones

Branden Walker

Launch: 12:00-13:00
Working with Indigenous Communities workshop: 13:00-14:45
Break: 14:45-15:00pm
Keynote: 15:00-16:30pm

Keynote: Conservation of Arctic Marine Mammals in a Noisy Ocean William Halliday, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada and University of Victoria


Meet Our Key Note Speakers

Dr. Laura Brown
Dr. Laura Brown

Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Geomatics and Environment

Title: “How did I get here?”

I was sitting on Bathurst Island in the High Arctic last summer, having a break from data collection, eating lunch on the tundra with my team of graduate students and pilot – I should probably have been thinking about something scientific, but instead, I was marveling at the amazing landscape around me pondering happily ‘how in the world did I get here??’.   Join me to hear about how I adjusted from an early career researcher to a PI: things that went well, things that definitely did not go well, and interesting science things I learned along the way!

Dr. William Halliday
Dr. William Halliday

Conservation Scientist, Arctic Acoustics Program Lead, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada and Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria

Title: Conservation of Arctic Marine Mammals in a Noisy Ocean

Abstract: Arctic marine mammals are facing multiple concurrent threats caused directly and indirectly by climate change. Not only are marine mammals facing habitat loss and ecosystem changes due to a reduction in sea ice, but they are also facing increased human activity, including increased underwater noise. In this presentation, I will discuss my research program, which focuses on 1) monitoring Arctic marine mammals and their exposure to underwater noise; 2) measuring the impacts of underwater noise on Arctic marine mammals; and 3) examining management and mitigation strategies for reducing underwater noise exposure to Arctic marine mammals.

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