Christine Legere is the latest scientist to join Memorial’s ArcticNet research team. Christine is based in the Geography Department and coordinates the research and reporting activities of two ArcticNet projects led by Geography faculty. Nunatsiavut Nuluak is co-led by Trevor Bell (Geography) and Tom Sheldon (Nunatsiavut Government) and is concerned with the impacts of climate change, modernization and contaminants on the health of ecosystems and communities in and adjacent to Nunatsiavut in central and northern Labrador. A second project, co-led by Trevor Bell and Don Forbes (Geography and Natural Resources Canada) examines the instability and dynamics of coastal landscapes and nearshore seabed in Arctic communities and regions.
Christine comes to Memorial from the University of New Brunswick where she is in the final stages of completing an MSc in geology. Her undergraduate degree was in environmental geoscience and botany from the University of Toronto. Christine spent three summers (2008, 2009, 2011) on board the icebreaker and scientific ship CCGS Amundsen, which was “an amazing experience to see Canada's Arctic on board an icebreaker, travelling through the famous Northwest Passage and working with many different scientific disciplines (oceanographers, climatologists, geologists, biologists, to name just a few).”
When asked about the challenges of her new position, Christine remarked “I'm looking forward to continuing my relationship with ArcticNet. I'm excited about the opportunity to assist in communicating to the people of Nunatsiavut about the science that is being undertaken in their area. I think the most challenging part may be keeping a lid on all the people and projects. And I am looking forward to getting to know and work with my new colleagues.”
Christine is enjoying her first February in St. John’s, “…finding new places to walk our dog Tuzo, the vibrant downtown with lots of good coffee shops, meeting a great group of people at a knitting circle at the Rooms on Wednesdays, and shoveling snow (so far anyways).”
Drop by to welcome Christine to the department and university – she can be found in the ArcticNet office in the Computer Services building.