Bronwyn
Benkert

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

Organization(s)

Established in 2000, the Northern Climate ExChange (NCE) focuses on the study of climate change in Yukon by (1) promoting and coordinating research on impacts and adaptations, including risk and vulnerability assessments, (2) coordinating the exchange of scientific and local knowledge and expertise, and (3) providing mainstreaming and decision-making support, policy alternatives, and climate change education for a wide range of partners and audiences.

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