Caitlin Lapalme

Laboratory Coordinator

Labrador Institute of Memorial University Caitlin LaPalme
PO Box 490, Station B
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
A0P 1E0

LI Research Station
North West River, NL
Tel: (709) 497-3630, Ext.: 222
Fax: (709) 497-3634

Twitter: @caitlapalme

MSc – Geography (University of Ottawa)
H.BA – Environmental Studies (University of Ottawa)

Caitlin is a Physical Geographer whose research experiences have focused on permafrost and ground ice conditions in high latitude regions. Her MSc thesis employed field, laboratory, image processing and spatial analysis techniques to analyze permafrost cores taken in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica. This work highlighted a unique record of ground ice conditions and cryostratigraphy in Antarctica and the first discussion of a sublimation unconformity.
Prior to joining the Labrador Institute, Caitlin worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Ottawa where she helped investigate permafrost and environmental change in the Northwest Territories and Antarctica using various field, laboratory and remote sensing techniques. Caitlin has also worked as a Field Researcher at the University of Ottawa where she participated in the installation and maintenance of an environmental monitoring network across Labrador, and employed permafrost geophysics techniques in the Torngat Mountains National Park and various locations throughout Labrador.
Caitlin enjoys outdoor activities, spending time with her friends and family, soccer, fitness classes, crafting, the Ottawa Senators and exploring the North.

Selected Publications:
1. Lapalme C.M., Lacelle D., Pollard W., Fortier D., Davila F., McKay C.P. 2017. Cryostratigraphy and the sublimation unconformity in permafrost from an ultraxerous environment: University Valley, McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes. DOI:10.1002/ppp.1948

2. Lapalme C., Lacelle D., Pollard W., Fisher D., Davila A., McKay C.P. 2017. Distribution and origin of ground ice in University Valley, McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica. Antarctic Science 29, 183-198. DOI: 10.1017/S0954102016000572

3. Lacelle D., Lapalme C., Davila A.F., Pollard W., Marinova M., Heldmann J., McKay C.P. 2016. Solar radiation and air and ground temperature relations in the cold and hyper-arid Quartermain Mountains, McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 27: 163-176. DOI:10.1002/ppp.1859

4. Lapalme C., Lacelle D., Davila, A.F., Pollard W., Fortier D., McKay C.P. 2015. Cryostratigraphy of near-surface permafrost in University Valley, McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica. Proceedings of the 68th Canadian Geotechnical Conference and the 7th Canadian Permafrost Conference, September 20-23, Quebec, Canada.


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