Dr Tristan Pearce

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Dr Tristan Pearce

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Teaching areas

  • Human Geography
  • Climate Change Impacts
  • Vulnerability and Adaptation
  • Traditional Knowledge
  • Inuit and Arctic Studies
  • Ethnographic Research Methods

Research areas

  • human geography
  • climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation
  • traditional knowledge
  • Inuit and Arctic studies
  • ethnographic research methods

Profile

Dr Tristan Pearce is a Senior Research Fellow in Geography with the Sustainability Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph, Canada. His research focuses on the human dimensions of global environmental change, in particular the vulnerability and adaptation of communities and socio-ecological systems to climate change. He is currently working on these issues in partnership with Indigenous communities in the Canadian Arctic, Pacific Islands, and Australia. In particular, he has long-term research relationships with Inuit communities in the Canadian Arctic that span over twelve years. Tristan takes a grassroots, ethnographic approach to research, which emphasises the importance of studying first hand what people do and say in particular contexts. He is the author of over 40 publications in high-ranking peer-reviewed academic journals (e.g. Human Ecology, Global Environmental Change, Regional Environmental Change), several book chapters, and government and industry reports including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Prior to joining the Sustainability Research Centre at USC he completed his Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Guelph. Tristan is from Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.

Awards

  • Vice-Chancellor and President's Awards for Excellence, University of the Sunshine Coast, 2015:  Excellence in Research – Early Career Researcher

Current HDR and Honours students

  • Kerrie Pickering, Ph.D., University of the Sunshine Coast/Brock University, Canada:  Thesis – Climate Change and Indigenous Health in Australia and Canada
  • Renee Currenti, Master of Arts (Geography), University of the Sunshine Coast:  Thesis – Climate Change Adaptation in the South Pacific Islands
  • Eric Lede, Master of Arts (Geography), University of the Sunshine Coast:  Thesis – The role of multiple stresses in climate change adaptation in the Canadian Arctic
  • David Fawcett, Master of Arts (Geography), University of Guelph:  Thesis –Longitudinal analysis of climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation in the Canadian Arctic
  • Devin Waugh, Master of Arts (Geography), University of Guelph:  Thesis –Inuvialuit Traditional Knowledge of beluga whale in the Canadian Arctic
  • Genevieve Lalonde, Master of Arts (Geography), University of Guelph:  Thesis –Cultural negotiation of Inuit education
  • Elizabeth Worden, Bachelor of Arts, University of Manitoba: Thesis – Changing human-beluga relations and subsistence livelihoods in Aklavik, NWT, Canada
  • Mathew Brown, Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of the Sunshine Coast:  Thesis – Using Science and Traditional Knowledge to map Changes in Mangrove Extent and Implications for Ecosystem Services on the Maroochy River, Australia
  • Mikayla Cover, Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of the Sunshine Coast:  Thesis – Using traditional knowledge and remote sensing to identify current ecosystem services and indicators of ecosystem health in a river estuary marked for mining development

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation in the Arctic, Australia and South Pacific Islands
  • bridging traditional knowledge and western science to understand ecosystem processes including environmental change
  • Traditional knowledge

Publications

You can also view Tristan's research publications at:

Tristan's top 5 research publications

Wilson R and Pearce T (2016) Management challenges for Aboriginal cultural heritage in peri-urban Queensland. Australian Geographer.

 Ford J, Pearce T and McDowell G (2016). The adaptation challenge in the Arctic. Nature Climate Change, 5.

Pearce T, Ford J, Cunsolo Willox, A and Smit B (2015). Inuit Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), subsistence hunting and adaptation to climate change in the Canadian Arctic. Arctic, 68(2).

Pearce T, Wright H, Notaina R, Kudlak A, Smit B, Ford J and Furgal C (2011) Transmission of environmental knowledge and land skills among Inuit men in Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories and adaptation to climate change. Human Ecology, 39: 271–288.

Pearce T, Smit B, Duerden F, Ford J, Goose A and Kataoyak F (2010) Inuit vulnerability and adaptive capacity to climate change in Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, Canada. Polar Record. 46(237): 157–177.

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Research grants

Project name Investigators Funding body Year
Vulnerability and resilience to climate change in the Canadian Arctic (VaRCCA) Dr James Ford, Dr Tristan Pearce, Dr Bill Gough, Dr Christopher Furgal Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) (C$500,000) 2014–2019
Community vulnerability, resilience and adaptation to climate change in the Canadian Arctic Dr Tristan Pearce, Dr James Ford, Dr Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, Dr Bill Gough ArticNet (Network Centre of Excellence, Canada) (C$387,484) 2015–2018
Knowledge co-production for the identification and selection of ecological, social, and economic indicators for the Beaufort Sea Dr Tristan Pearce, Dr Lisa Loseto, Dr Rashid Sumaila ArticNet (Network Centre of Excellence, Canada) (C$291,086) 2015–2018
TUMIVUT:  Tracks of our ancestors towards a healthy future Dr Tristan Pearce Health Canada, Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program for Northern First Nations and Inuit Communities (C$140,321) 2014–2015
Inuit traditional knowledge for adapting to the health effects of climate change (IK-ADAPT). Dr James Ford, Dr Tristan Pearce, Dr Christopher Furgal, Dr Victoria Edge, Dr Ian Mauro, Susan Chatwood, Sharilee Harper Health Canada and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) (C$1.2m) 2012–2015
Nunamin Illihakvia:  Learning from the land Dr Tristan Pearce Health Canada, Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program for Northern First Nations and Inuit Communities (C$135,920) 2013–2014
Food security and climate change in Funafuti, Tuvalu Dr Tristan Pearce, Sandra McCubbin, Dr James Ford Collaborative Research Network Seed Funding grant 2012–2014
Transmission of environmental land knowledge and land skills among Inuit men Dr Tristan Pearce Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) 2009–2012
Adaptation planning for climate change in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (Artic Canada) Dr Tristan Pearce and Dr James Ford Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) 2009–2011
Literature review and gap analysis of what we know and don't know about climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (Artic Canada) Dr Tristan Pearce and Dr James Ford Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) 2008–2009
Climate change and the Canadian mining sector Dr Tristan Pearce and Dr James Ford ArticNorth Consulting and the David Suzuki Foundation 2008–2009
Community vulnerability, Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Canadian Arctic Dr Tristan Pearce, Dr James Ford, Dr Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, Dr Bill Gough ArcticNet (Network Centre for Excellence, Canada) ($387,484)

2015

–2018

Knowledge Co-Production for the Identification and Selection of Ecological, Social and Economic Indicators for the Beaufort Sea Dr Tristan Pearce, Dr Lisa Loseto, Dr Rashid Sumaila ArcticNet (Network Centre for Excellence, Canada) ($291,086)

2015

–2018

 

 

 

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