Who we are

CLEAR boasts a group of amazing collaborators from a wide range of disciplines (ocean science to social work), 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 (Métis-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’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)
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 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 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.
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  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.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 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, 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.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  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.
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.
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.
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 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.
A_Zahara  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 relate to issues of pollution and scientifically-mediated risk management practices.  Alex has contributed to multiple projects through CLEAR and currently facilitates the Queer Science Reading group  (alexzahara.wordpress.com).
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.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Nadia Ivette Duman (she/her) is an undergraduate Geology and GIS Diploma student, from Guayaquil, Ecuador. Nadia has worked in the CLEAR lab performing plastic identification in benthic sediments and in dissected organisms.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Nic Kuzmochka (he/him) is from Ottawa, Ontario. Nic is an undergraduate student at Memorial University of Newfoundland majoring in Sociology and Law and Society, with a focus in Criminology, and is a member of the CLEAR lab.
Alexandra Hayward (she/her) is from Newfoundland & Labrador. She is an undergraduate student majoring in Ecology and Conservation Biology and minoring in Geography at Memorial University, and is a research assistant in the CLEAR lab.
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.

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.