Having completed her Masters at the University of Alberta, Carolyn joins the department of Integrative Biology for her PhD with Merritt Turetsky, working to improve the prediction of permafrost sensitive landscapes to aid decision makers and communities in the north. This work aims to improve our capability to predict permafrost thaw vulnerability lands over large areas and increase our understanding of how permafrost thaw affects the provisioning and access to ecosystem services for northern communities. This work is done by taking a trans-disciplinary approach by combining community observed changes in permafrost, terrain stability, and vegetation with geospatial modeling approaches. This work will allow us to improve permafrost vulnerability models and maps and link local perceptions of change with scientific climate-model projections in order to forecast how availability of subsistence resources will change in the future. 

Twitter: @CarolynG_22