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.

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.

(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 .

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!

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) .

(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. 

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) .

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!

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