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Bronwyn Benkert

Research Project Coordinator

Speaking Credentials climate change impacts and adaptations in Yukon, climate change research, northern science, past and present northern hydrology

Education PhD, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of WaterlooBES, Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo

Professional Experience Bronwyn's PhD research focused on using water isotope tracers to characterize the present and past hydrology of the lakes in the Slave River Delta, NWT, to address local concerns about observations of change and to anticipate potential future changes in response to climate variability. She has been involved in similar research in northern Alberta's Peace-Athabasca Delta and the Old Crow Flats. After completing her PhD, she worked part-time as a research hydrologist with the Northern Climate ExChange before becoming NCE's climate change research project coordinator.

Awards Weston Postdoctoral Fellowship in Northern Research - deferred to 2013 NSERC Alexander Graham Bell CGS-D3 scholarshipWeston Foundation Award for Northern Research - DoctoralWB Pearson Medal - Doctoral

Achievements Research papers published in Canadian Water Resources Journal, Journal of Hydrology, Hydrological Processes, Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research, and Journal of Paleolimnology.Speaking engagements at local, national and international conferences to lay, peer and expert audiences, and northern community outreach presentations in Yukon and Northwest Territories to schools, environmental working groups, citizen advisory panels and general public audiences.

Field of Study Earth Sciences

Research Interests northern hydrology, paleolimnology, paleoclimatology, climate change impacts

Activities running, hiking, running, paddling, running, camping, running.. and taking care of my kids!

Life is infinitely stranger than anything the mind could invent..~Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Resources:

Dawson Community Climate Change Adaptation Plan

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Summary: 

Dawson, a small community on the northwestern edge of the Yukon Territory, developed a climate change adaptation plan in 2010. The plan was the result of multiple community meetings with outside partners beginning in 2008.

Atlin, British Columbia Climate Change Adaptation Plan

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Policy
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Summary: 

Atlin is a primarily native community located in northwestern British Columbia, Canada. In 2007, the Northern Climate ExChange (NCE) hosted a week-long climate change community awareness and preparation workshop. The goal of the workshop was to discuss ways that climate change may impact the livelihoods of Atlin residents and to identify community vulnerabilities and opportunities.

Whitehorse Community Climate Change Adaptation Plan

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Policy
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Summary: 

Whitehorse is the largest community in Canada’s Yukon Territory. It was selected by the Northern Climate ExChange (NCE) to be one of three communities in the Yukon Territory given funding to develop a climate change adaptation plan. The first version of the Whitehorse Community Climate Change Adaptation Plan (WhiteCAP) was completed in September 2010.