Yukon Research Centre of Excellence Hires Two Visiting Students

Yukon College has two visiting graduate students working at the Yukon Research Centre for Excellence this semester.


Vicki Sahanatien is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. She is completing her doctoral studies on Polar Bear Sea Ice Habitat Selection and Climate Change in the eastern Arctic. Her research is interdisciplinary, combining ecological, physical and social sciences. Sahanatien lived and worked for many years in the Canadian Arctic, and has conducted field studies from 66N to 83N. She finds the arctic an exciting place for research as it possible to explore exceptional landscapes, new ideas, and discover alternative ways of understanding.


Christina Macdonald completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Dalhousie University, Halifax, where she studied riparian invertebrate ecology.  She is currently enrolled in the Master’s degree at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, Toronto, where she studies the role of ‘community’ in the sustainable management of natural resources. Macdonald is currently analyzing her data and writing her Major Research Paper on the social impacts of increased co-management of the lobster and crab fisheries of northern Cape Breton.