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Joel Heath, Ph.D.


Research Associate, Carleton University and

President, Arctic Eider Society

Dr. Heath is an accomplished academic and filmmaker with over 15 years of field experience in the Arctic. He established the Arctic Eider Society (, a registered Canadian charity working with Inuit and Cree communities to develop capacity for community-driven research, training and education/outreach with youth and hunters. Through their East Hudson Bay Network initiative, partners in industry, government, academics and community organizations are working together to develop stewardship and address cumulative impacts of environmental change and development projects on sea ice ecosystems in James Bay and Hudson Bay. He led one of Canada’s largest and most successful International Polar Year projects, developing community research programs, educational curriculum, and directing/producing the award winning film People of a Feather ( He has also contributed to major BBC, PBS and CBC productions. He holds an M.Sc. in Interdisciplinary studies from MUN, a Ph.D. in Ecology from SFU and was an NSERC postdoctoral fellow in the Mathematics Department at UBC. He recently held the prestigious 2014-15 Canada Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies at the University of Washington, working to develop environmental governance and stewardship for Hudson Bay communities.

During his time as a Research Associate at Carleton University, Dr. Heath will be working with Dr. Ljubicic on participatory mapping projects with second year Nunavut Sivuniksavut students, assessing the usefulness of participatory mapping techniques and evaluating the role of interactive mapping for sharing results of community-driven programs and building regional environmental stewardship.

Contact Me:

Department of Geography & Environmental Studies

Carleton University

1125 Colonel By Drive

B349 Loeb Building

Ottawa, Ontario,  K1S 5B6

Phone: (613) 520-2600 x3132

Fax: (613) 520-4301


SUN Lab: 206 Social Science

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