Graduate Students
The Torngat Wildlife Plants and Fisheries Secretariat is open to discussions with graduate students interested in researching wildlife and fish management issues from many interdisciplinary perspectives. In the past, we have worked with Lakehead University, the University of Guelph, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Grenfell Institute, Labrador Institute, Marine Institute, Dalhousie University, Cape Breton University, Laval, and Trent University.
Current Students
If you are looking for a Northern co-management partner and an opportunity for your research to have an impact and influence public policy, please email our Executive Director Jamie Snook at to introduce yourself.
Michelle Saunders (larger version)
Michelle Saunders
Michelle is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in ecology and conservation. Michelle is an Inuk from Happy Valley-Goose Bay and a principal co-investigator of the Tradition & Transition Research Partnership project "Nunatsiavut Field Guide to the Birds of Labrador". She was the Labrador Institute International Indigenous Intern for 2019 where she travelled to Finland and Norway working for the University of the Arctic and the Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat. Michelle is interested in incorporating Indigenous knowledge with scientific knowledge and is very excited to join the Torngat Secretariat team for the summer where she will be working as a research associate at the intersection of birds and Inuit knowledge.
Rachael Cadman (larger version)
Rachael Cadman
Rachael is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD at Dalhousie University, supervised by Dr. Megan Bailey. She hails originally from Guelph, Ontario, but has called Halifax home for the past 10 years. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Contemporary Studies at the University of King's College and a Master of Resource and Environmental Management from Dalhousie. She currently has the privilege of working alongside the Torngat Joint Fisheries Board and other partners to map out a vision of the future of fisheries in Nunatisavut. Her interest in this work stems from a passion for tracing the relationships and interdependencies of human societies and natural ecosystems. She believes strongly in the possibility of community empowerment through natural resource management, and is interested in creating more open and participatory spaces to incorporate different multiple types of information and ways of knowing into decision-making. She is particularly excited with this opportunity to create holistic fisheries management solutions that are resilient against environmental and societal change, as well as the opportunity to do research in a space that is more iterative and collaborative than traditional research projects.
Katie Rosa (larger version)
Katie Rosa
Katie Rosa is an MA Candidate in the Sustainability Studies program at Trent University, under the supervision of Dr. Chris Furgal and as a member of the Health, Environment and Indigenous Communities research group. Her thesis focuses on the role of Indigenous knowledge in wildlife management under changing environmental conditions, specifically the case of the recent moose expansion into the Nunatsiavut region of northern Labrador. This research is being completed in partnership with the Torngat Wildlife and Plants Co-Management Board and the Nunatsiavut Government, and will hopefully contribute to management decision-making for species impacted by climate change.
David Borish (larger version)
David Borish
David is a research-based videographer and professional photographer who unites a deep interest in research for transformative social and environmental change with a passion and talent for visual media. Under the supervision of Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo and Dr. Sherilee Harper, David is currently pursing a collaborative PhD in Public Health and International Development at the University of Guelph. His research is focused on using audio-visual techniques for understanding the relationship between caribou and Inuit wellbeing across Labrador. In partnership with the Torngat Secretariat, the Nunatsiavut Government, and the NunatuKavut Community Council, David is working with Inuit to co-produce a community-based, research-oriented documentary film about this connection between people and caribou. The film will aim to stand as a testament of traditional knowledge and Indigenous science related to caribou in Labrador, and educate research, policy, and the public regarding caribou conservation into the future.
Past Students

File Type Size
Sélection de l’habitat, dynamique de population et utilisation de l’espace du caribou des monts Torngat
PDF 3.9 MB
The shared stories of people and plants: Cultural and ecological relationships between people and plants in Makkovik, Nunatsiavut (Labrador, Canada)
PDF 47.3 MB
Labrador Polar Bear Traditional Ecological Knowledge: A Time of Change
PDF 2.7 MB
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