Researcher Profiles

The Fathom Fund is proud to support the following researchers and their projects.

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NATHAN VADEBONCOEUR

Nathan has spent the past decade working in science assessment, consulting, research and development, motivational speaking, teaching and media/film production. Regardless of the field of practice, he has worked hard to connect players from across a wide range of sectors to work toward a common goal - improving science-based decision-making in our personal and professional lives. He is the founder of Smart Shores, a social enterprise that strives to provide world-class remote sensing and communications materials to support coastal management. He was a lead author of two federal science assessment reports and earned a PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Science at the University of British Columbia. For more information on Nathan’s research project visit Stand up for a healthy coast—The Coastal Pollution Mapper.

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 Summer Locknick

Summer Locknick, a Master of Earth Science student at the University of Windsor, has been studying rip currents for three years while also completing her Bachelor's of Environmental Studies. Under the supervision of Dr. Chris Houser, Dean of Science at the University of Windsor, she is continuing her research of the rip current hazard in Prince Edward Island. Globally, rip currents account for approximately 80% of drowning deaths and rescues. This research's objective is to reduce the number of drownings related to rip currents across Canada and the world, where the research will provide guidance for the need to implement, improve or enhance existing beach safety material, and to identify the type and format of pre-trip information that will assist in reducing the number of rip-related fatalities.

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Dr. Andrew Medeiros

Dr. Andrew Medeiros is an expert in freshwater ecology, biogeochemical processes, and Arctic environments. His research focuses on understanding the ecological trajectory of freshwater ecosystems of the past, present, and future. By examining change from centuries to millennia he is able to make predictions and create models to project responses to environmental change. Dr. Medeiros is motivated by seeing science in action and has worked hard to build relationships and establish trust with Indigenous communities whom are at the forefront of environmental change in the North. This has allowed him to combine quantitative modeling to examine issues of fresh water quantity and quality as it applies to northern communities. The data allows researchers to conduct risk analysis for municipal water supplies, and research areas of concern for local residents. His findings have resulted in a fundamental shift in the way this knowledge is applied to water security challenges.

Dr. Medeiros has received numerous awards, internships and grants throughout his career including the W. Garfield Weston Postdoctoral Fellowship in Northern Research in 2012 and 2013. Dr. Medeiros has contributed his Arctic expertise to 24 peer-reviewed scientific publications, four technical reports, and a number of regional and international television segments. He was also a scientific advisor and contributing author for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), an initiative of the Arctic Council administered by the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF). Dr. Medeiros joined the College of Sustainability cross-appointed to the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University in August, 2018.

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dR. MAX LIBOIRON

Dr. Max Liboiron is an Assistant Professor in  Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she directs the Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR). CLEAR develops anti-colonial methodologies and instruments in the natural sciences by grounding them in Indigenous thought to create place-based and deeply ethical scientific protocols in marine plastic pollution research. Dr. Liboiron has played leading roles in the establishment of the field of Discard Studies (the social study of waste and wasting), the Global Open Science Hardware (GOSH) movement, and is a figure in feminist science studies and justice-oriented citizen science.