Mark Mallory, Canada Research Chair in Coastal Ecosystems and Professor at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, joined the University of Washington in January 2018 as the new Fulbright Canada Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies. Mark has a diverse background, working on a variety of Arctic environmental issues including climate change, chemical contamination, plastic pollution, and the delineation of candidate marine protected areas, with most of his work on these issues focused on seabirds and sea ducks. Additionally, he continues to work on using local ecological knowledge as a companion to Western scientific knowledge in the management of Arctic wildlife. He, his wife, Carolyn, and their kids lived in Iqaluit (formerly Frobisher Bay), Nunavut, for 12 years, where he worked as a biologist for the Canadian government. During that time, he conducted helicopter surveys across much of the eastern Arctic, built two research stations in the high Arctic (returning to at least one of them each year for ongoing research), and did much of the field and community work that led to the creation of two new National Wildlife Areas on Baffin Island. He and Carolyn are also lucky enough to work annually since 2007 on small expedition cruise ships that traverse the Northwest Passage, and in some years he has been able to get several of his students on board to do scientific work.
This Winter Quarter, Mark is also teaching ARCTIC 401, one of the required courses for UW’s minor in Arctic Studies. Arctic Issues: The Canadian Arctic Environment provides an introduction to the extreme world of Arctic terrestrial, aquatic, and marine environments and biota, with a focus on Nunavut, Canada’s newest territory, which lies fully above the tree line.
Mark has co-authored over 230 scientific papers, almost all of which involve much national and often international collaboration. During his Fulbright Chair, his research component will be working with colleagues at UW to examine the flux of mercury brought into and removed from the Arctic by migratory wildlife. Find links to a few of his most recent papers below.
The Fulbright Canada Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies is supported by the UW Office of Global Affairs, the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Social Sciences Division, College of Arts and Sciences, College of the Environment, and the Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the United States of America, Ottawa. The Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, serves as the hosting unit for the Fulbright Canada Chair.
- Living on the edge of a shrinking habitat: The ivory gull, Pagophila eburnea, an endangered sea-ice specialist