Pascale Roy-Léveillée

Pascale is an Associate professor of Geography at Laurentian University, where she is a member of the Living with Lakes Research Centre and Maamwazing, the Indigenous Research Institute of the university. She received a B.Sc. Env. in Geography from Guelph University, a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Geography from Carleton University. Pascale’s research aims to explain the susceptibility of permafrost terrain to thaw as well as its potential for post-disturbance recovery by examining a suite of interactions between climate, vegetation, and Quaternary history. She aims to facilitate the direct application of her research results in other fields via collaborations with, for instance, experts in infrastructure design and maintenance, carbon cycling, contaminant mobilisation, and with expert local knowledge holders who can facilitate proactive adaptation to environmental change in their own communities. Pascale’s current work is focussed on sub-Arctic peatlands near the forest-tundra transition, particularly the Hudson Bay Lowlands of Northern Ontario and Manitoba (Cree and Métis traditional territory), as well as central and northern Yukon (Vuntut Gwitchin, Na-Cho Nyäk Dun, and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in traditional territories). Pascale conducts her permafrost research in collaboration with communities who live in permafrost landscapes, and has an interest in interactions between environmental scientists and indigenous communities.

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