YukonU Research Stories

YukonU is a hub for research and scholarly activity for students, faculty and YukonU Research Centre staff. YukonU Research Stories cover current research activities - for the North and beyond. Get inspired and start your own research project with our support


Earth Sciences faculty members and two student research assistants are studying the metal concentrations of groundwater in Whitehorse with a focus on uranium, manganese, and arsenic.
There are big plans this field season for a mine revegetation project with the help of Master’s student and recent Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences graduate, Ben Budzey.

Master’s student Zachary Fogel is studying the impact of industrial disturbance on wolverines in the Klondike goldfields with the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation, and Government of Yukon Department of Environment. 

Instructor Alison Anderson, P.Eng. is assessing the impact of Engineers Yukon’s recent change to recognize caregiving as a continuing professional development activity.  

YukonU instructor Faith Whiting is looking at ways Yukon University instructors are implementing the concepts of Indigenization and decolonization in their classrooms for her graduate-level research in education.

Cody MacInnis is engaging with First Nations communities north of Whitehorse to form advisory groups of People with Lived Experience (PWLE) who can then identify community health research needs and drive projects from an inside perspective through his role as YSPOR’s First Nations Community Research Coordinator. 

Inderjeet Kaur arrived at YukonU as an international student and is now teaching introductory chemistry and running the YukonU Research Centre lab!
Master's student Anna Billowits believes that health-related research can be made relevant and useful to everyone through collaboration.
YukonU researchers are assessing food security in the Yukon by looking at the effects of food hamper distributions to communities during the pandemic. 
Student research assistants were employed to study whether the Yukon’s power system can handle an increase in demand created by electric vehicles and smart heating units.