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)
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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 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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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, France Liboiron, Marissa Van Harmelen, Elise Earles, Jess Melvin, Taylor Stocks, Alexandra Hayward, Justine Ammendolia, Bojan Fürst,  Kate Winsor, Sam Welscott, Ignace Schoot, Nadia Duman, Alex Zahara, and Nic Kuzmochka.