Dr. Brian Menounos is Professor in the Department of Geography and holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Glacier Change at the University of Northern British Columbia.
Dr. Menounos was nominated for his research in building connections between historical climatology and ongoing work on climate forecasting, and the significant consequences for public policy planning. His research to date provides a detailed picture of the current health of glaciers and ice in western North America, outside of Alaska.
Another important outcome of his research has been the influence on organizations like the Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia who, as a direct result of Dr. Menounos’s advocacy, formally accepted global climate change as a result of human activities, and passed a motion of expectation that its members “consider the impact of their work on climate.” This position represents a philosophical and practical shift in approach from previous beliefs about extreme climate-related events. Furthermore, it will encourage engineers and geoscientists to develop different measures and approaches in support of better preparing for extreme climate-related events.
Commenting on Dr. Menounos’s work, nominees describe him as follows:
“Dr. Menounos is a creative and accomplished scientist who has made major contributions to Canadian earth science. His research exemplifies the emergence of physical geography as a geophysical science, where great questions are broken down using sharp quantitative tools. Brian is widely recognized nationally and internationally by his peers.”
“Whether being sought for his opinion and advice by national political leaders, academic leaders or local high-school teacher[s], Dr. Menounos has shown tremendous energy and dedication to his public engagement related to his scientific work.”
This award recognizes the contributions to the non-academic community made by faculty members who are at an early point int heir careers. Edōsdi, which literally means someone who raises up pets andchildren, or more simply, “someone who is a teacher,” was born and raised inLa̱x Kxeen (Prince Rupert, BC) on Ts’msyen territory and is a member of theTahltan Nation. Her clan is
Edōsdi / Dr. Thompson completed her PhD at the University of Victoria, where she also completed an MSc in Environmental Studies. Edōsdi’s doctoral dissertation, Hedekeyeh Hots’ih Kāhidi – “Our Ancestors Are In Us”: Strengthening Our Voices Through Language Revitalization From A Tahltan Worldview, employed a Tahltan research paradigm and spoke to the ways in which the voices of her people can gain strength and healing through the revitalization of her language. Dr. Thompson’s doctoral research guided the development of a Tahltan Language and Culture Framework, which focuses on governance, programming, documentation, and training and professional development. Since 2012, she has also been the Tahltan Language and Culture Lead for her Nation.
Commenting on the impact of her work, one of her nominees described Edōsdi as follows: “Edōsdiis a remarkable woman. A member of the Crow Clan of the Tahltan Nation, through her mother’s side, she was born and raised in Prince Rupert on Ts’mysenterritory. I got to know all of her family over the years, including herTahltan grandparents Charles and Julia Callbreath. Edōsdi spent many hours with these wonderful elders and travelled with them several times T