I must admit, it’s not the sort of thing I ever really considered. I’ve been an environmental scientist working in Arctic Canada for 20 years. Much of my lab’s research takes place in Nunavut, at some of the most remote, picturesque, and harsh locations imaginable. We work collaboratively with federal departments and northern communities to undertake research and monitoring that fulfills obligations from international agreements (e.g., Minamata and Stockholm Conventions, Kyoto Protocol) or national legislation (e.g., Species At Risk Act, Migratory Birds Convention Act). While every year Arctic research comes with enormous challenges (logistics, finances, safety, permits, consultations, weather), you do not consider the possibility that even with money, equipment, and permits in hand, the field season will be a “no go.”
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