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Queen's researchers unite on Arctic issues

 
2012-05-04
[Arctic Research Day organizers Allison Rutter, Ryan Danby and Paul Grogan]Queen's researchers Allison Rutter, Ryan Danby and Paul Grogan organized Arctic Research Day to allow faculty members and students to showcase their research and make contacts in other departments.

Queen’s professors from more than 10 faculties are collaborating on Arctic research, creating links across disciplines. Professors, researchers and students are currently working and studying in Canada’s Arctic regions, helping to impact Arctic landscapes and communities.

“Rapid change is taking place in the Arctic right now,” says professor Ryan Danby, who teaches in the geography department and the school of environmental studies. “In terms of climate, water, biology and people, we need to find out what is happening and how we can take action.”

Working on projects in similar geographic and academic areas provides new opportunities for networking and cooperation, raising the profile of all Arctic researchers.

“Many areas of interest are covered by Queen’s researchers,” says professor Paul Grogan from the department of biology. “We want to bring the various Queen’s arctic researchers together to see if there is interest and potential mutual benefits to being more aware of each other’s activities – to see if the whole might be greater than the sum of the parts.”

Researchers met on campus in a recent event called Arctic Research Day to work towards more collaboration. Faculty and students had the chance to showcase their research and make contacts in other departments. With representation from faculties and schools as diverse as civil engineering, biology, law and sociology, the presentation and posters provided a unique opportunity for education and networking.

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