Viventem Science Support Agency


May 29, 2023

Japanese Delegation: Carbon Emissions from Arctic Ocean Ice

It is always delightful to meet kind and funny new team members! We are really happy to have met and helped a team from Hokkaido University  (Japan)  in their carbon emissions monitoring on Arctic sea ice near Cambridge Bay, NU.

Hiroki Ikawa (Ph.D, Hokkaido Agricultural Research Center, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization) working on their weather station tour on the ocean ice, near Cambridge Bay, NU.

May 28, 2023

Community-Based Long-Term Monitoring Site

It is now our third year working with the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI)  team, by visiting their long term monitoring site and taking measures every week from October to June! This could not have been possible without Carter’s rigorous and meticulous work in the harsh winter months.

May 23, 2023

Snow Pit Sampling: From First to Last Snow of the Season

With the help of Amory Wood, we were able to provide 15 days interval snow pit sampling for analyses of snow depth, density, water equivalence and temperature for the Université de Sherbrooke from first to last snow of the season.

Shila, Elise Imbeau (Viventem co-founder) and Maittuq.

May 12, 2023

Arctic Lake Ice: Unveiling the Intricate Dance of Trophic Energy Transfer in a Frigid Ecosystem

We periodically collect, melt and filter lake ice cores for Mukund R. Gauthankar, Ph.D. Student at UQAC (Qc) to look at and better understand lake water and ice carbon composition and energy transfer.

Elise Imbeau (Viventem co-founder). 

April 20, 2023

Spring under-ice sampling of the Greiner Lake watershed system

It was a pleasure to spend time with Milla Rautio’s team from UQAC once again in Cambridge Bay, NU these past 2 weeks. We assisted them through their day and night sampling work of 5 lakes from the Greiner Lake watershed with over 200 cm ice cover! 

Four people dressed in snow gear.

Gabriel Ferland (Viventem co-founder), Mukund Ramesh Gauthankar (UQAC PhD student),  Milla Rautio (UQAC Researcher) and Marie-Pier Hébert (UQAC, Postdoc). 

April 17, 2023

Remote Data Collection: Understanding Winter Fish Environments

This year again, over cold months and ice cover up to 220 cm, we provided valuable data to the Arctic Aquatic Research Division of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) by measuring under-ice water temperature, conductivity and oxygen concentration with CTD casts in Nakyulik and Inuhuktok lakes, near Cambridge Bay, NU. These measures will help them better understand Arctic char and other fish species environment through the year.

Gabriel Ferland (Viventem co-founder).

April 6, 2023

Arctic Snow School: Discussion Illustration

It was a real pleasure to take part in the Sentinelle Nord (Université Laval) and the GRIMP laboratory (Université de Sherbrooke) Arctic Snow School 2023 by illustrating a meaningful discussion between students, community elders and hunters about their perspective of the importance of snow. The snow school was about the physics of Arctic snowpacks and climate and took part April 1 to 8 2023 at the Canadian High-Arctic Research Station (CHARS), in Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay), NU. 

December 4-8, 2022

ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM2022)

It was a first year for us as exhibitors at the ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM2022) in Toronto, ON, December 4-8, 2022. It is always stimulating to see members of the Canadian and international Arctic research community all together networking and sharing knowledge. We are proud to be part of this amazing Arctic science community! 

Gabriel Ferland and Elise Imbeau (Viventem co-founders).

September 29, 2022

Community Greenhouse at CHARS

With Charles-Félix Fournier-Côté, Sentinelle Nord (Université Laval) scientist, we helped build the frame of a community greenhouse that will stay on the Canadian High-Arctic Research Station (CHARS) campus. The project will be completed in spring 2023.

A domal structure made of wood for conducting research.

Charles-Félix Fournier-Côté (Université Laval (Sentinelle Nord) scientist) and Gabriel Ferland (Viventem co-founder).

August 4, 2022

Digging to learn more about plant growth environment

We assisted the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) team in their organic and mineral soil sampling, as part of the annual survey of their long-term sampling site in Cambridge Bay, NU.
A person expanding something another person has just dug up.
Several flowers and some moss and sticks.

Ji Young Jung, Senior Research Scientist at Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) and Carter Lear (Viventem field technician) collecting mineral soil samples.

August 1, 2022

Studying river habitants to monitor invasive species

We helped Dani Nowosad in her freshwater invertebrates sampling around Cambridge Bay by collecting organisms in Ekaluk and Kitigak rivers. Dani is a student at the University of Guelph , and she is building a DNA library of the Middle Arctic ponds, lakes, and rivers organisms to better understand overall biodiversity in order to monitor for invasive species as the climate continues to warm.
A person conducting research while standing in a few inches of water.
A bug under a microscop.

(1) Gabriel Ferland (Viventem co-founder) sampling macroinvertebrates with a surber sampler in Ekaluk river near Cambridge Bay, NU. Photo credit: Étienne Lanoue (2) Mayfly Larva, also known as shadfly or fishfly.

July 30, 2022

Rainwater samples ready for analysis!

We collect rainwater samples of each precipitation event from July to October 2020-2022 as part of Megan Sarah Leung MSc thesis project, Geography Student & Environmental Artist, at University of Calgary .

A person holding a bucket while organizing research equipment.

Gabriel Ferland (Viventem co-founder) collecting rainwater samples after a rain event by the bay, in Cambridge Bay, NU.

July 26, 2022

Collecting insects and macro invertebrates around
the Kitikmeot region

We are back from a 3-week insects and macro invertebrates sampling trip around the Kitikmeot region for the Arctic BIOSCAN project (Centre for Biodiversity Genomics University of Guelph , and Polar Knowledge Canada ). Along with our local field technicians: Amik Michael Mariq in Gjoa Haven, Tad Tulurialik in Taloyoak and Kumau Corey Qavvik in Kugaaruk, we collected over 250 samples that will be sent to CBG for DNA analysis!
Four researchers standing in a row in the Arctic plains during the spring.

Kristen McCabe (CBG research professional), Tad Tulurialik (UofG Taloyoak local field technician), Carter Lear (UofG Cambridge Bay local field technician) and Elise Imbeau (Viventem co-founder) on a ARCBIO malaise trap sampling site in Taloyoak, Nunavut.

July 25, 2022

Arctic char fishing at Gravel Pit, Cambridge Bay, NU

We planned and conducted ocean Arctic char sampling at Gravel Pit for the Arctic Aquatic Research Division of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) .
Three people standing on a stony beach looking out over a body of water.
A man standing over several large fish lying on a row on the ground.

(1) Shawn Marriott (Viventem Field Support / EHTO), Gabriel Ferland (Viventem co-founder) and Patty Jane Kamoayok pulling nets at Gravel Pit, Cambridge Bay, NU. (2) Shawn Marriott and Gabriel Ferland cutting Arctic chars.

July 9, 2022

Greiner Lake system water sampling

For the past 2 years, we collected running water samples from the Greiner Lake system (pond, creek, lake, river) every week from July to October as part of Megan Sarah Leung MSc  project, Geography Student & Environmental Artist, at University of Calgary.

This year, we had the pleasure to welcome Megan in town and work by her side! As she now left Cambridge Bay, we are happy to ensure the samples collections until the end of the season. 

A field and a body of water.

Gabriel Ferland (Viventem co-founder) by a pond near Cambridge Bay, NU.

May 31, 2022

CTD casts in Nakyulik and Inuhuktok

Under 220 cm lake ice cover, we did spring CTD casts in Nakyulik and Inuhuktok for the Arctic Aquatic Research Division of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) .

A group of researchers gathered around a piece of equipment during the winter.
A researcher holding a piece of equipment while standing on an ice covered body of water.

Josiah Wahlstrom, Gabriel Ferland (Viventem co-founder) and Elise Imbeau (Viventem co-founder) looking at RBR Concerto cast data, on Inuhukyok lake, near Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Photo credit: Alana Wahlstrom.

April 4, 2022

Ensuring data collection through the whole year!

The Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) team spend most of their summers in Cambridge Bay, at their long-term sampling site near water lake, studying plant environments. We help them monitor their site through the whole year by visiting and taking measures (site and snow accumulation pictures, downloading and sending data, making sure instruments work properly) every week from October to June!

A person and several snow dogs standing on a snowy tundra.

Elise Imbeau (Viventem co-founder) at a Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) experimental snow fence.