Who we are

CLEAR boasts a group of amazing collaborators from a wide range of disciplines (ocean science to filmmaking), career levels (undergraduates to tenured professors), and skill sets. These are the people that make our work possible:

Screen Shot 2017-12-29 at 9.10.25 PM.png Dr. Max Liboiron (Michif-settler, 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 conducts feminist and anti-colonial activism through scientific protocols, ethics, and research designs. (maxliboiron.com)
Dr. Charles Mather (he/him) is professor in the Department of Geography at Memorial University. He is currently working on the environmental politics of Atlantic salmon conservation in Newfoundland, and is co-lead of a research module on social licence and aquaculture funded through the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) (http://www.mun.ca/geog/people/faculty/cmather.php). CLEAR members are playing a key role in directing the environmental work associated with the OFI module on social license and aquaculture.
Screen Shot 2017-12-30 at 11.00.30 AM Grandmother (he/him) is from St. John’s, Newfoundland. He is a calm, grounding presence in the lab and provides direct support to the lab’s director.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 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.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 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.
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.
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.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  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 is the CLEAR community project coordinator.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Edward Allen (he/him) is Kablunangajuk (a person of blended Inuit and settler ancestry who identifies with the Inuit of Nunatsiavut). Edward is graduate student in Department of Geography at Memorial University and member of Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research. His research focuses on wellness as a function of the relationships that Inuit peoples have with the land.
Taylor Hess

Taylor Hess (she/her) is a filmmaker, journalist, and contributing editor for Filmmaker Magazine. She produced and directed the documentary MACK WRESTLES about transgender wrestler Mack Beggs, which was awarded a Tribeca Film Institute/ESPN grant and acquired by the ESPN 30 for 30 series. She Associate Produced a pilot for CNN Films, hosted by Janet Mock, and has worked as a researcher for Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions on Enhanced, an ESPN documentary series that debuted at the 2018 Tribeca International Film Festival. She is a graduate from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Kaitlyn Hawkins

Kaitlyn Hawkins (she/her) is from Summerford, Newfoundland. She earned her undergraduate degree at Memorial University with a major in Biology, specializing in ecology and conservation, and a minor in oceanography. Kaitlyn is CLEAR’s lab manager. 


Elise Earles (she/her) is from Newfoundland, Canada. She is an undergraduate student studying cell & molecular biology and criminology. She does a variety of work with the CLEAR lab as a research technician, including fish dissection and plastics analysis.

Emily Simmonds Bio Photo  Emily Simmonds (Métis-Settler, she/her) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at York University, Toronto, Canada.  Her dissertation focuses on how the production of nuclear energy amplifies and sustains settler-colonial land relations, with a specific focus on how the injurious effects of uranium mining are made permissible and challenged. As a Métis – Settler feminist STS scholar, she is committed to learning how to best participate in the ongoing collective efforts of building and strengthening anti-colonial land relations and solidarities.  She is a member of the Technoscience Research Unit (TRU) based in St. John’s NFLD, and the Digital Ethics Research Callaboratory (DREC) in Toronto, ON.

Noah Hutton is a filmmaker who has presented work at the Venice Biennale, Society for Neuroscience, Wellcome Collection, Rubin Museum of Art, and elsewhere. In 2015 he was named a Salzburg Global Fellow in Neuroscience & Art, and created Brain City, a multi-platform installation in Times Square commissioned by the Times Square Arts Alliance. He is in the ninth year of work on a ten-year documentary began in 2009 about the quest to simulate the human brain on supercomputers, focusing on the Blue Brain Project based in Geneva, Switzerland. He directed the documentary films Crude Independence (SXSW 2009) and Deep Time (SXSW 2015). Noah studied art history and neuroscience at Wesleyan University.

190228_1018_019 Iwalaye (Ayo) Oladimeji. You can read more about Ayo in a feature in Memorial University’s Gazette newspaper, “International researchers working to solve marine plastic pollution.”
Hridisha Arif
Jillian Chidley
Carley Mills
Lauren Watwood

Alumni of our lab include: Emily Wells,  Tristen Morris, Melissa Novachefski, Natalya Dawe, Coco Coyle, Mikayla Downey, Erin Burt, Juddyannet Murichi, Natalie Richárd, France Liboiron, Marissa Van Harmelen, Jess Melvin, Taylor Stocks, Alexandra Hayward, Justine Ammendolia, Bojan Fürst,  Kate Winsor, Sam Welscott, Ignace Schoot, Nadia Duman, Alex Zahara, Nic Kuzmochka, Kelechi Emmanuel Anyaeto, and Shramana Sarkar.