Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

Heather MariashPost-doctoral fellow, Canada

APECS Executive Committee Member 2014 - 2016

Currently I am a W. Garfield Weston Postdoctoral Fellow, working with the National Wildlife Research Centre, Ottawa studying the effects of overabundant geese on the tundra wetlands in the Canadian Arctic. My research focuses on the effects of environmental change on freshwater habitats, for example we are seeing shifts in community composition, life history strategies, and food web dynamics in the tundra wetlands. Understanding the mechanisms of change within the aquatic community can help make informed conservation and management strategies.

It is this extreme seasonality in the Arctic that drives both my passion for the north and my research objectives. I earned my masters and PhD in aquatic ecology from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland studying arctic lakes in Lapland, Greenland, and Svalbard. I have been an active member of APECS since 2010 and look forward to taking on a leadership role for the 2014-2015 term.

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