Allison is an MSc student at Simon Fraser University’s SARLab. She completed a BEng in Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University where she was first introduced to SAR remote sensing as a research assistant at the Water and Ice Research Laboratory (WIRL). Her area of research is part of an NSERC PermafrostNet project using InSAR to measure surface displacement of the permafrost active layer near the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway, NT. Previous methods to measure long-term surface displacement have only made use of images taken during the summer months. Under the supervision of Dr. Bernhard Rabus, she will apply new methods to remove the snow layer to detect centimeter-scale displacements of the ground surface.

Allison travelled to the Yukon for a summer and quickly realized the potential to build a meaningful and exciting career in the north. Having never left, she now resides on her small farm north of Whitehorse.