Beth Clare (Chair)York University
Julia BaumUniversity of Victoria
Melania CristescuMcGill University
Andrew GonzalezMcGill University
David HikPolar Knowledge Canada
Tamer ÖzsuUniversity of Waterloo
Beth Clare (Chair)
Assistant Professor, Molecular Ecology
Dr. Elizabeth Clare is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Ecology at York University in Canada. Elizabeth completed her PhD in Ontario and a postdoctoral fellowship at Bristol University. She held a faculty position at Queen Mary University of London from 2013-2021 before returning to Canada to join York University. Her research group specializes in applying metabarcoding and environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis of biodiversity and ecological interactions, emphasizing the response of ecological communities to fragmented habitats. Her research group has developed various new field research techniques, including metabarcoding to analyze diet and eDNA to track terrestrial vertebrates through leech blood meals and dung beetles’ gut contents. Most recently, Elizabeth’s research group has demonstrated that it is possible to collect vertebrate DNA from air samples – a technique that has promising implications for global biodiversity monitoring.
Chief Scientist & Executive Director – Programs
Polar Knowledge Canada
In September 2021, Dr. David Hik moved to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, as the new Chief Scientist and Executive Director of Programs at Polar Knowledge Canada. He is also a Professor of Ecology at Simon Fraser University (previously the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto). Over the past 38 years, his research has focused on the dynamics of cold-region environments, interactions between plants and herbivores, impacts of rapid climate change, and the determinants of social-ecological resilience. David has worked in Yukon, NWT, Hudson Bay, Iceland, Svalbard, Australia, and western Canada and Costa Rica mountains. He served as Executive Director of the Canadian International Polar Year (IPY) Secretariat, President of the International Arctic Science Committee, and advisor to many Arctic research organizations and programs. He is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and recipient of the RCGS Bergmann Medal and Polar Medal (Canada).
M. Tamer Özsu
Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo
Dr. M. Tamer Özsu is a University Professor at the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, where he holds a Cheriton Faculty Fellowship. He has previously served as the Director of the Cheriton School and Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Mathematics. His research is broadly in data science, focusing on data engineering. His research follows two threads: large-scale data distribution and management of non-traditional data (i.e., non-relational data). Currently, his research focus is on graph data and RDF data. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, American Association for the Advancement of Science, ACM, and IEEE, an elected member of the Academy of Science of Turkey, and a member of Sigma Xi. He is the recipient of the IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award (2022), CS-Can/Info-Can Lifetime Achievement Award (2018), ACM SIGMOD Test-of-Time Award (2015), the ACM SIGMOD Contributions Award (2006), and The Ohio State University College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award (2008).