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A Summer of Arctic Research: Environmental Technology with Steven Lonsdale

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From bird banding and laboratory technology, to mapping, traditional knowledge and environmental science, summer research seasons in Nunavut are filled with opportunities for students from a variety of fields and levels to apply their learning outside the classroom. Join us as we meet some of the many youth and students working and learning as members of the many research projects that take place all across Nunavut this year. Today we meet Environmental Technology student Steven Lonsdale!

Meet Steven Lonsdale

Steven’s education includes graduating from Inuksuk High School and Nunavut Sivuniksavut. Currently Steven is entering his second year of study with the Nunavut Arctic College Environmental Technology Program.

As a summer student for the Nunavut Research Institute, Steven has been involved in assisting researchers and scientists with bird banding, water sample analysis, and most recently committed a lot of time in a northern contaminants study for mercury in the northern ecosystem. He hopes one day to combine his land skills and formal education to complete his own research involving char migration patterns and diet.

Congratulations Steven!



The Nunavut Research Institute

The Nunavut Research Institute’s mandate is to develop, facilitate, and promote scientific research as a resource for the well being of people in Nunavut.

The core objectives of the Institute are to:

  • Coordinate the research licensing process under the Nunavut Scientists Act;
  • Support the meaningful involvement of Nunavut residents in scientific research, including advancing the incorporation of Inuit Qaujimanituqangit in research design;
  • Promote the development and application of new technology to improve the quality of life of Nunavummiut;
  • Help broker research projects and partnerships that meet the needs of Nunavut residents
  • Provide a clearing house of information on scientific research conducted in Nunavut;
  • Organize, facilitate, and promote research training and outreach programs designed to enhance awareness and build local research capacity in Nunavut.

For more information on the Nunavut Research Institute, visit their web site at:

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