Tabatha is a PhD student in geography at Laval University in Quebec City, and is affiliated with the Centre d’études nordiques (CEN). She holds a M.Sc. in geography and planning (Queen’s University), and a B.Sc. in geography (McGill University).
In 2018, Tabatha spent her summer on Axel Heiberg and Resolute Islands, Nunavut, as part of the McGill Arctic Field Studies Semester. In 2019, she returned to the High Arctic to work on shallow subsurface hydrology in High Arctic soils at the Cape Bounty Arctic Watershed Observatory, Melville Island. Curious about the Subarctic, Tabatha decided to change gears and work in the Hudson Bay Lowlands for her PhD.
The goal of her current research is to improve understanding of ground-ice dynamics in the Manitoba portion of the Hudson Bay Lowlands. Her research focuses on assessing the volume and distribution of ground ice, elucidating the environmental conditions that favored ice-wedge aggradation, and predicting terrain evolution pathways as climate warms and permafrost degrades in the region. Throughout her PhD, Tabatha hopes to work closely with northern communities, become a better science communicator, and spend as much time as possible in the field.