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.
Liam was born in Ireland, and completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science at University College Cork (UCC) and University College Dublin (UCD). His BSc. and MSc. were primarily focused in plant biology, whereas now his main focus of research was soil science. He conducted undergraduate research in School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UCC, and completed his MSc in the Department of Plant Biology, UCD with Dr. Renou-Wilson. He then spent 6 months working in the Ecological Systems Laboratory, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland studying the links between above-ground biotic factors and below-ground soil communities and function. In May 2015 he began his PhD in Soil Science at the University of Alberta in the Department of Renewable Resources with Dr. David Olefeldt. His PhD is focused on the impact that permafrost thaw has on the carbon cycle of northern peatlands. He enjoys getting out of town as much as possible, be it south-west to the mountains or to the north, either way he’s kept happy.