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Arctic Field Ecology in Churchill

Program Description

Arctic Field Ecology in Churchill will give students the opportunity to conduct hands-on field research at the southern edge of the Arctic, a place particularly vulnerable to climate change. While participating in ongoing monitoring and research near Churchill, one of the most accessible sites for gaining arctic field experience, students will learn techniques for estimating wildlife abundance, distribution, behavior, and reproductive parameters.

The course will operate out of the Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC), a non-profit research and education facility, and a remote field camp within Wapusk National Park. In collaboration with professional wildlife biologists, managers, and academics, students will collect data on a variety of species (including seals, snowshoe hares, lemmings, geese, and foxes), analyze these data to assess population trends, and write reports for agency use.


Department of Biological Sciences

Course Dates

  • June 15-19, 2018
  • Pre-trip sessions: May 12, 2018

Course Credits

All students must have permission of the instructor/ consent of the Biological Science department to participate in the course. All students must attend the pre-trip session.

ABIOL 4800 T62 – Arctic Field Ecology, Churchill, MB.

This course will satisfy the Field Ecology credit for students in the Ecology and Environmental Biology theme in Biological Sciences.

Details on this course is available online on Aurora. Academic fees are payable to the University of Manitoba. Tuition fees vary for international students.

Travel Fees

    • Travel fee is TBA, which includes accommodation, most meals, and local transportation (helicopter to Wapusk National Park). Transportation costs to and from Churchill, health and trip cancellation insurance, personal expenses, as well as University of Manitoba tuition, are not included.
    • Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and are required to arrive in Churchill to begin classes on the first day.
    • Travel fees may be paid by cheque (payable to The University of Manitoba), VISA, MasterCard, or in cash.
    • Payments will be made in two installments. The first payment is a non-refundable deposit. Installment payment due dates TBA.

Admission and Requirements

      • All students must have permission of the instructor/ consent of the Biological Science department to participate in the course.
      • Preference will be given to students who have completed Principles of Ecology (BIOL 2300).
      • Students are required to attend pre-trip sessions.
      • In order to participate in a travel/study course, all students must sign an Acknowledgement of Responsibility and Liability Waiver that outlines risk and shared responsibility associated with travel/study.

For More Information

Course information
Jim Roth, Department of Biological Sciences
phone: (204) 272-1677

Admission, registration and fee payment information:

Extended Education

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