McKenzie Kuhn is a PhD student in the Catchment and Wetlands Sciences group under the advisement of David Olefeldt. She is interested in understanding the impacts of climate warming on permafrost thaw and greenhouse gas emissions from lakes across the circumpolar region. She first developed a passion for the Arctic during a summer research position in northeast Siberia with the Polaris Project. Since this time, she has conducted research in Alaska, Greenland, and eastern Canada (Baffin Island). Before moving to Edmonton, she received a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research in Northern Sweden with the Climate Impacts Research Center in Abisko. When she isn’t getting overly excited about finding methane bubbles trapped in lake ice, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and coaching youth basketball.
Erin is currently a Masters student in Dr. Suzanne Tank's lab in Biological Sciences - Ecology, at the University of Alberta. She completed her B.Sc. at the University of Waterloo in Environmental Science - Ecology (coop), where she was took an Arctic Ecology class in her final semester and was captivated by the circumpolar world. For her Honours thesis with Dr. Roland Hall, she investigated ecological changes and anthropogenic pollution to a lake in northern Alberta. Following graduation, she joined Dr. Maria Strack's peatlands and greenhouse gas laboratory where she investigated the rates of decomposition in restored peatlands across Canada. Shortly after, she joined the Tank lab as a field assistant for the summer in the Canadian Arctic, in preparation before beginning her M.Sc. Her current project will investigate carbon composition and biodegradability in permafrost, and asses impacts of permafrost thaw to streams and the microbial communities in the Peel Plateau, NT. When she's not reading about science, she enjoys reading fictional mysteries, poetry, hiking, playing hockey, yoga, art and music.