Impacts from climate change on berry productivity in the Canadian Arctic: Integrating community participation with science
Principal Investigator: Desrosiers, Sarah CE (1)
Licence Number: 15113
Organization: University of British Columbia, Tundra Ecology Lab
Licenced Year(s): 2013 2012
Issued: Jul 04, 2012
Project Team: Esther Lévesque- Esther.Levesque@uqtr.ca (Researcher, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) ), José Gérin-Lajoie- jose.gerin-lajoie@uqtr.ca (Technician , Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) ), Alain Cuerrier- alain.cuerrier@umontreal.ca (Researcher, Institut de recherche en biologie végétale, Université de Montréal )

Objective(s): To establish a long-term community-based monitoring program in arctic communities using culturally important berry species as indicators of climate change; and to bring awareness to the effects of climate change and to expand environmental stewardship.

Project Description: The main objective of the Berry Project is to establish a long-term community-based monitoring program in arctic communities using culturally important berry species as indicators of climate change. The project’s main objectives for the Daring Lake Tundra Science Camp are to bring awareness to the effects of climate change and to expand environmental stewardship. These goals can be achieved by delivering entertaining educational workshops in a wilderness learning environment. In order to attain the main objectives the plan is to integrate basic scientific protocols into the grade 10-12 high school curriculum where students will participate in data collection, analyze their findings back in the classroom and have the opportunity to work with scientists on their research. Detailed scientific protocols have been developed that were designed for high school students and teachers. The activities described in the protocols can be conducted efficiently and be easily replicated. By allowing the Daring Lake Tundra Science Camp to implement the protocols, they can monitor berry productivity independently, contribute to scientific research and students will gain awareness in the changing environment due to climate change.

Camp Berry Productivity Project:
- Within permanent plots, randomly position 25 small plots (25cm x 25cm) and collect ALL the berries inside, ripe or not;
- In a laboratory setting, the berries should be weighed and counted, then shipped frozen to the University of Quebec at Trois-Riviere for further analysis;
- Measurement of ground temperature all-year round with sensors;

The Tundra Science Camp is a ten-day multidisciplinary and multicultural summer outdoor educational program for grade 10-12 students from the southern regions of the Northwest Territories. The camp has been running since 1995 and is managed and supported by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR), Indian Northern Affairs Canada and local education boards. The project team members will establish two new long-term berry monitoring sites and instruct berry productivity and vegetation workshops. They will also serve as mentors for students responsible for conducting their own scientific project. Education is an important factor in socioeconomic development.
In each preceding year of data collection, a presentation at the Daring Lake Tundra Science Camp will be planned to share knowledge and results. Thus, allowing participating students to experience the collaborative efforts of a long-term monitoring experiment. In the long-run results will be shared/exhibited with Heritage/Archive Centers. At the end of the research, several coauthored publications are planned in ethnobotany, social sciences and biological journals.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from July 18, 2012 to August 17, 2012.