Who we are


Screen Shot 2017-12-29 at 9.10.25 PM.png Dr. Max Liboiron (Métis, she/her) is from Treaty 6 territory in Northern Alberta. She is Director of CLEAR and an Assistant professor of Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland.  Liboiron’s research bridges the physical and social sciences in its investigation of how marine plastics are represented in science and how these methods of representation relate to action. In particular, she conducts feminist and anti-colonial activism via scientific protocols, ethics, and research designs. (maxliboiron.com)
France Liboiron France Liboiron (she/her) is from Montreal, Quebec. She is the lab manager for CLEAR, with an undergraduate degree in biology with a focus in marine biology. She works as both an administrative assistant for the lab,  and a research assistant on various projects with tasks ranging from fieldwork to data analysis.
  Dr. Charles Mather (he/him) is an Associate professor in Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research examines the impact of globalisation and market liberalisation on food production.  Most recently, he is working on the naturecultures of Atlantic salmon in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dr. Nicole Power (she/her) is from Chapel Arm, Newfoundland and is an Associate professor in Sociology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Dr. Power researches mainly in the areas of gender, work, health and safety, fisheries, and youth. She also teaches the sociology course Animals and Society. For CLEAR, Dr. Power coordinates the animal respect group as part of her research on animals in science.
 Marissa Van Harmelen .jpeg  Marissa Van Harmelen (she/her) is from Fall River, Nova Scotia. She is a second-year student at Memorial University of Newfoundland in the Bachelor of Social Work.
   Elise Earles (she/her) is from Newfoundland, Canada. She is an undergraduate student studying cell & molecular biology and public policy. She does a variety of work with the CLEAR lab, including fish dissection and plastics analysis.
Jessica Melvin  Jess Melvin (she/her) is from Bauline East, Newfoundland. She holds an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology and completed her Masters of Resource Management at the University Centre of the Westfjords (Háskólasetur Vestfjarða). She is a research assistant with CLEAR and much of her work has dealt with plastic ingestion in Newfoundland fish.
   Taylor Stocks (they/them) is from southern Ontario and moved to St. John’s over four years ago. They are an institutional activist, currently working as a Special Projects Coordinator in public engagement at Memorial University. They completed their Masters of Philosophy-Humanities degree studying the role of emotionally-saturated information in how groups make decisions.
Screen Shot 2017-12-30 at 11.00.30 AM Grandmother (he/him) is from St. John’s, Newfoundland. He is a former service dog that grew up in the lab. He provides care, perspective, and insight to the lab and ensures we do not take ourselves too seriously. He is exemplary in his practices of humility, patience, and gratitude.
_DSC0736 Justine Ammendolia (she/her) is from Toronto, Canada. She completed her undergraduate at the University of Guelph (Zoology) and her Masters of Science (Marine Biology) at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is a research assistant for the Ocean Frontiers Institute (OFI) with CLEAR and she is interested in the ecological impacts associated with marine plastics.
Hillary Bradshaw Hillary Bradshaw (she/her) is from Cavan, Ontario. She is a candidate for a Masters of Science-Environmental Sciences. Her thesis work creates a baseline study of marine plastic pollution in Iqaluit, Nunavut, looking at macro and microplastics in benthic and intertidal zones.
bojan Bojan Fürst (he/him) is a photographer originally from Croatia, calling St. John’s and Newfoundland home. He uses mostly analogue photographic process and works in a documentary style. His current photographic practice is focused on islands and the engagement with the daily realities of island living. He serves as a documentary photographer in residence with the CLEAR lab and is interested in visually documenting how we do science and how we can use photography as a knowledge mobilization tool. More of his work can be seen at: http://bojanfurstphotography.com
  John Atkinson (he/him) is from Greenville, NC, USA. He is an PhD student in Environmental Science. He holds a Masters in Biology-Cell Biology concentration (East Carolina University) and Bachelor degrees in Animal Science and Natural Resources (both from North Carolina State University). Planned thesis work includes research of marine plastics and methylmercury contamination of wild and country foods in the Newfoundland province.
Untitled (2).png   Katharine Dunbar Winsor (she/her) is a graduate student in Sociology at Memorial University and member of Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research. Her research focuses on intersections of medical diagnosis and justice involvement, social supports, and the role of disability in justice decision making and has presented on these topics. Winsor’s work with CLEAR centres on citizen science, curriculum development of DIY technologies, and feminist approaches to research.
Screen Shot 2017-12-30 at 11.00.12 AM Kookum (she/her) is from St. John’s, Newfoundland. She is new to the lab, but is learning quickly. She provides an abundance of love to lab members, and is best known locally for lab escapes.
 IMG_1071  Lucas Harris (he/him) is from Victoria British Columbia. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria with a double major in Environmental Studies & Political Science. He is currently a masters student in the Department of Geography at Memorial University. His thesis work is focused at the alignment of citizen science information and regulatory interventions aimed at reducing plastic marine debris.
   Jacquelyn Saturno (she/her) is from Mississauga, Ontario. She completed her undergraduate degree (Environmental Science) at the University of Guelph and is currently a MSc. student (Fisheries Science and Technology) at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University. Her thesis is looking at the role that plastic fishing gear has on generating microplastics and the ingestion rate of these plastics in Atlantic cod.
   Natasha Healey (she/her) is from Newfoundland and Labrador and is a non-resident member of NunatuKavut. She is an undergraduate student at Memorial University doing a major in Earth Science and a minor in Geography with a specialization in Environmental Geoscience. Natasha works in the CLEAR lab as a research assistant and is involved in a variety of projects.
bio picture Ignace Schoot  Ignace Schoot (he/him) is an MA student in Geography at Memorial University and member of Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research. Originally from the Netherlands, he completed his bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy (BA), and in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (BSc) at the University of Amsterdam. His current thesis work is situated in the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and focuses on containment practices in salmon aquaculture. In the CLEAR lab, he assists in a variety of projects.
   Alex Zahara (he/him) is a PhD Candidate (Geography) at Memorial University and cross-disciplinary researcher, whose work examines structures of settler colonialism as they relates to issues of pollution and the regulation of scientific management controversies. His doctoral research project, ‘Settler Fire Management’  focuses on contemporary wildfire management practices near his home community in Treaty 6 Territory in Northern Saskatchewan. Alex has contributed to multiple projects through CLEAR and currently facilitates the Queer Science Reading group, which focuses on developing queer ethics within scientific methods and practices (alexzahara.wordpress.com).
 IMG_08141  Edward Allen (he/him) is a PhD student in Geography. His research is on Land and wellness in Nunatsiavut.
   Nadia Dumar (she/her) is an undergraduate student at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Alumni of our lab include: Emily Wells, Tristen Morris, Melissa Novachefski, Natalya Dawe, Coco Coyle, Mikayla Downey, Erin Burt, Juddyannet Murichi, Natalie Richárd, Sam Welscott.