MSc Opportunity: Queen’s University

MSc looking at “How will climate-driven changes to permafrost impact water quality in the Niaqunguk (Apex) River Watershed, Iqaluit, Nunavut?” at Queen’s University, Kingston, ON.

Anticipated start date: May (ideal) or September 2023

Supervisors: Dr. Melissa Lafrenière & Dr. Stephanie Wright (Queen’s University)

Degree program: Queen’s University Masters of Science (MSc) in Geography or Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Civil/Environmental Engineering (dependent on background and interests).

The position involves collaborative research at the Niaqunguk (also known as Apex) River watershed in Iqaluit aimed at understanding how water quantity and quality are responding to changing climate and permafrost dynamics in current or future source waters around Iqaluit. There is an abundance of local land users, and thus great interest and need for a through understanding of the watershed, especially considering projected population growth and climate change.

Applicants should have a background in at least one of the following areas: hydrology, physical geography, earth sciences, environmental sciences, water resources engineering, environmental engineering, civil engineering, or a related field.

How to apply: Interested candidates should email Dr. Wright ( and/or Dr Lafrenière ( with a CV and brief cover letter describing their interest in this position and related experience. Applications will be reviews until a successful candidate is found.