Trevor Lantz

Trevor is a professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria he joined the school as an Assistant Professor in July, 2009. He holds a PhD (Landscape Ecology) from the University of British Columbia, an MSc (Ethnoecology) from the University of Victoria, and a BSc (Botany) from the University of Alberta. A terrestrial ecologist and ethnobiologist by trade, he has been working in the Western Arctic for 14 years. Trevor’s research focusses on understanding the rates, causes, and consequences of environmental change in the western Canadian Arctic. His research employs local knowledge of ecosystems as well as observational and experimental approaches. Trevor runs the Arctic Landscape Ecology Lab at the University of Victoria, where he and his students combine field studies and remote sensing to determine the causes and consequences of Arctic landscape change. His current research projects in Gwitchin and Inuvialuit communities in the Western Arctic examine feedbacks between climate change, warming permafrost, disturbance, vegetation change, and the abundance of country foods. He and his students in the Arctic Landscape Ecology Lab work collaboratively with indigenous hunters and trappers to gain insight into regional environmental change and to guide detailed field research investigating the processes facilitating change. To place their field studies in a regional context, and to examine variation at a broader scale, they use remote sensing and modelling. Trevor’s recent research has focussed primarily on four areas: 1) vegetation change, 2) thawing permafrost, 3) traditional knowledge studies, and 4) Arctic storm surges.

The Arctic landscape ecology lab at the University of Victoria