Queen’s University Professor Ryan Danby is available to discuss the announcement earlier this week that a new Arctic research station will be built in Cambridge Bay. Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the facility “will be a meeting place for Canada's top scientists, and indeed for leading scientists from around the world.” Professor Danby says that while the new research station is a step in the right direction, support for researchers remains insufficient.
“This is certainly a very welcome announcement, especially in light of the rapid environmental change being observed across the Arctic,” says Dr. Danby. “But at the same time, scientists will still need to get there to conduct their research, and travel and operational support for northern science remains inadequate in Canada.”
Dr. Danby is an assistant professor in the School of Environmental Studies and the Department of Geography at Queen’s. His research interests include ecosystem change and biodiversity conservation, particularly as it relates to regional ecosystem-based management of parks and protected areas in Northern Canada and Alaska.
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