Research PG


Contact Details

The University of Aberdeen Department of Anthropology
Edward Wright Building, G05
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen, AB24 3QY


2014 - MPhil, Polar Studies, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge

2010 - MSc, Anthropology, University College London


Research Interests

environmental anthropology, human-animal relationships, local knowledge, Subarctic Canada, Gwich'in

Current Research

My research is based on a year of fieldwork in Old Crow, a fly-in community in the northern Yukon, Canada, where I worked primarily with Vuntut Gwitchin elders.  The Gwitchin have depended on the Porcupine caribou herd for generations, but the herd is currently facing various challenges from climate change to oil development to increased hunting pressure.  The herd passes Old Crow twice a year during the spring and fall migration, however, their migration has been changing recently.  The caribou are using different routes, traveling further from the town; they are also changing the timing, traveling later in the spring and sometimes calving before they have reached the protection of the coast, which can result in higher calf mortality and threaten the overall well-being of the herd.  My research will look at the way local knowledge is used in developing wildlife management strategies, using the example of a current project to write best management practices for the Porcupine herd.  The project, which began in response to proposed oil exploration in the Eagle Plains area, is a collaboration between the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and the Yukon Government, and will combine data gathered by a wildlife biologist and interviews with elders in Old Crow to determine how to best minimise the negative effects of oil development on the herd.

Research Grants

2015 - Fieldwork grant, Arctic Domus

2015 - Firebird Fellowship, Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research