Science in the Yukon
Who's doing what: There's
plenty of science being done in the Yukon, both by Yukoners and by scientists
from Outside. Check out these links to see some of what's happening:
- Your Yukon: a
weekly column about Yukon environmental science from Environment Canada
and the Yukon News that ran from 1996 to 2006. The archive contains more than 300 columns.
- Arctic Borderlands
Ecological Knowledge Co-op: An alliance of government, academic, and community researchers monitoring environmental change through a mixture of science and local/traditional knowledge.
- Wolf Creek Research
Basin: Wolf Creek, near Whitehorse, is the location of a long-term multidisciplinary research project that started in 1992 and now includes research on climate and climate change, vegetation, forestry, fisheries and wildlife.
- Porcupine Caribou
Herd Satellite Collar Project: a cooperative project, between a number of wildlife agencies and Boards, that uses satellite radio collars to document seasonal range use and migration patterns of the Porcupine Caribou herd in northern Yukon, Alaska and NWT.
- Mining and Petroleum
Environmental Research Group: A cooperative working group made up of government agencies, mining companies, Yukon First Nations and non-government organizations for the promotion of research into mining and environmental issues in the Yukon.
- Yukon Geology Program: Collects, compiles, and communicates information about the geology and earth resources of the Yukon.
Alpine Ecosystem Project and the St.
Elias Climate Change Project: Two major research projects involving
Dr. David Hik, Canada Research Chair in Northern Ecology at the University of Alberta, in partnership with a number of Yukon
undertaking research in the Yukon need a licence issued under the provisions
of the Yukon Scientists and Explorers Act or the Yukon Archaeological
Sites Regulations. Licences are issued by the Yukon Heritage Resources
Unit. The Guidebook on Scientific Research in the Yukon is available
at the Department of Tourism and Culture website. The licence applications can also be found at the Department of Tourism and Culture website.
Funding: While Yukon sources of funding for scientific research
are limited, there are a few. These include:
- Yukon Research Centre
: The Yukon Research Centre administers a fellowship program for Yukon research. Fellowships are awarded once a year. Deadline for applications is generally mid March, and the awards are announced in April or May. Information and application forms are online.
- Mining and Petroleum Environmental
Research Group : Administration of the MPERG program is being transfered from Yukon Geological Survey to the Yukon Research Centre. More details will be posted soon.
Networking: To find out what's happening and to link up with other
researchers, contact the YSI or check
out some of the following:
- Taiga Net is a web service
connected to a number of websites that offer a wealth
of information and contacts related to Yukon and northern research and
- Yukon College has a number
of science-related courses and programs, as well as staff and facilities.
- The Yukon Beringia Interpretive
Centre provides information about the Yukon's prehistoric past and
links to research about it.