Who we are

We respectfully acknowledge the territory in which CLEAR works as the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk, and the island of Newfoundland as the ancestral homelands of the Mi’kmaq and Beothuk. I would also like to recognize the Inuit of Nunatsiavut and NunatuKavut and the Innu of Nitassinan, and their ancestors, as the original peoples of Labrador. We strive for respectful relationships with all the peoples of this province as we search for collective healing and true reconciliation and honour this beautiful land together.*

CLEAR is a collective of researchers from a wide range of disciplines (from ocean science to filmmaking), career levels (high school students to full professors), and skillsets. As a feminist and anticolonial science laboratory, we understand introductions as a way to articulate our accountabilities and make our relations apparent.

These are the people that make CLEAR possible:

Screen Shot 2017-12-29 at 9.10.25 PM.png Dr. Max Liboiron (Michif-settler, they/she): Taanishi! Max Liboiron dishinihkaashoon. Lac la biche, Treaty siz, d’ooshchiin. Métis naasyoon niiya ni (Woodman, Turner).
Hello! I’m originally from Lac la biche, Alberta, Treaty six territory. I am the Director of CLEAR and am both an Assistant professor of Geography and the Associate Vice-President (Indigenous Research) at Memorial University. (maxliboiron.com)
Screen Shot 2019-08-02 at 7.06.46 AM.png Kaitlyn Hawkins (she/her): Hello, my name is Kaitlyn Hawkins. I am a settler from Summerford, Newfoundland and Labrador. I graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, specializing in Ecology and Conservation and minoring in Oceanography. I work at CLEAR as the lab manager where I work closely with the director of CLEAR to coordinate all lab activities, lab employees and training, organize others for success, as well as conduct research along with my colleagues. I bring strong organizational skills to the lab and approach my lab manager duties with hospitality.
Mukhtara Yusuf (They/she)is an Indigenous Yoruba from what is now Southwestern Nigeria. Their work spans academic research, art and design. A practicing decolonial designer they hold an MA in communication and media and an MFA in design. Mukhtara is interested in the material histories of plastic, plastic as a haunting that reflects ecologies of dispossession, oppression, and psycho-emotional harm created through global petroleum industry in places like the Niger-Delta.
Screen Shot 2017-12-30 at 11.00.30 AM Grandmother is from St. John’s, Newfoundland. He is a calm, grounding presence in the lab and provides direct support to the lab’s director, who wrote this bio. Grandmother is coauthor on the CLEAR paper, Equity in Author Order: A Feminist Laboratory’s Approach (2017) and appears on the CENHS podcast on the lab (2019).
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Dr. Nicole Power (she/her): I am a settler originally from Chapel Arm, Newfoundland and Labrador, and a Professor of Sociology at Memorial University. I have been doing feminist research focusing on NL fisheries for 25 years. For the lab, I coordinate the animal respect group as part of my research on animals in science, and I get to hang out with Grandmother and Kookum when their human travels.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Hillary Bradshaw (settler, 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 (settler, 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 is from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Kookum provides an abundance of love to lab members and would like to be pet now, please. This bio was written by her primary human, Max Liboiron.
IMG_9966-1 Alex Zahara (settler, he/him). Hi there! My name is Alex Zahara. I am a settler from kistahpinanihk or Prince Albert in Treaty 6 Territory, northern Saskatchewan. I am also a PhD candidate in Geography at Memorial, where my research focuses on settler colonialism and wildfire management practices near my home community. I’m really excited to be re-joining CLEAR as a science writer, where I’ll be working on Arctic plastic studies and methods papers like community peer-review. As a settler researcher, I aim to respectfully engage with, and where appropriate contribute to, the development of anti-colonial methods and research practices in solidarity with Indigenous, feminist, and queer thinkers.

Elise Earles (she/her): Hi, my name is Elise and I am a settler from St. John’s, NL. I recently graduated with a BSc in Biology (Cell & Molecular) and a BA in Sociology. I have done various types of work with CLEAR over the years, and have recently returned to attend meetings!
Willa Neilsen (she/her): Hi all! My name is Willa Neilsen and I am a settler living in North West River, Labrador. I am currently in my third year of a Bachelor of Science degree, pursuing a Joint Major in Marine Biology. I am most interested in studying marine conservation, specifically in Arctic and Subarctic regions. This semester I am a MUCEP student working remotely at CLEAR as the Community Food Prices Project Coordinator! I am very excited to see where this opportunity takes me, and hope to learn a lot through this position.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Edward Allen: Atelihai, my name is Edward Allen (he/him) and I am Kablunangajuk; a person of blended Inuit and settler ancestry who identifies locolineally with Nunatsiavummiut. I am currently a visitor on the ancestral homelands of the Beotuk, where I draw on early, located values in negotiating my privileged semblances and personal complicities. I am interested in wellness as a function of the relationships that Nunatsiavummiut have with the Land and, as a student in Department of Geography at Memorial University and member of CLEAR, I am discovering meaningful questions to the answers. I am beholden to Dr. Max Liboiron and Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo, and the many other gifted faculty, students, and staff, whose work helps create a place for such questions in the academy.
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Christina Crespo (settler, she/her): Hi! My name is Christina Crespo. I am a Cuban American originally from Florida, USA and a doctoral student in anthropology at the University of Georgia. I am interested in how scientists strategically transform scientific practices towards more equitable processes. In particular, my research explores the ways feminist science shapes how knowledge is produced and how scientists are made. I am indebted to Latinx, Chicanx, and Latin American feminist scholarswhose work has shaped my understanding of and engagement with the world. I’m excited to be joining the CLEAR community and extend my gratitude for the opportunity!

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Dr. Charles Mather (settler, 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 license and aquaculture funded through the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI). CLEAR members are playing a key role in directing the environmental work associated with the OFI module on social license and aquaculture.

Molly_Rivers Molly Rivers (she/her): Hi, my name is Molly, I am an international student from Bristol, England, and am currently doing my master’s degree in marine biology at Memorial University. My research is focused on understanding how the invasive European green crab, that was first recorded in Newfoundland in 2007, survives in the extreme cold of Newfoundland winters. I am a research assistant at CLEAR, my main responsibility is to analyse sediment samples recording the amount of microplastic contamination.
Domenica_Lombeida Domenica Lombeida (she/her): Hello, my name is Domenica and I am an International Student from Guayaquil, Ecuador doing my third year as a Bachelor of Science in Geography at MUN, and my main interest is pursuing a career helping the environment. I am an ISWEP student working as a Lab assistant in CLEAR this semester and I am very excited for what is coming. 
Screen Shot 2020-10-17 at 12.06.23 PM Paddy Dawe (Settler, he/him): I am from Paradise, Newfoundland where I have lived my entire life. I recently graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Geography and History. I am currently doing the Intermediate/Secondary Education degree at Memorial which I have just started and am super excited about. I have been heavily invested in playing basketball for the Sea-Hawks over the past five years and am looking forward to trying out some new things! Such as working in a lab for the first time!
Screen Shot 2020-10-17 at 12.06.46 PM Anna Malone (she/her): Hi there, my name is Anna Malone. I am currently enrolled at Memorial University as a full time student, studying to obtain my bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences. This is my first semester working with CLEAR in a Canada Summer Job position and I am ecstatic to become a part of the CLEAR community and expand my knowledge within the lab.
IMG_2911 Dr. Alex Sawatzky (settler, she/her): I live on the ancestral homelands and traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and work at the intersections of art, design, and community-driven research. I hold a PhD in Public Health from the University of Guelph, where my thesis research contributed to an Inuit-led environment and health monitoring program initiated by the community of Rigolet, Nunatsiavut (in Northern Labrador). I’m indebted to the relationships I’ve built with Labrador peoples and lands through my past work, and am grateful to continue building these relationships in my current capacity as Special Projects Manager with the Labrador Institute, and as a member of CLEAR.
Screen Shot 2020-10-17 at 12.07.43 PM Morgan Davidson (she/her): Hi! My name is Morgan Davidson. I am a settler from Clarenville, Newfoundland and Labrador. I am currently enrolled in my second year at Memorial University, where I am working towards a bachelor of science, with my major being biochemistry nutrition. I am working as a research assistant with a project involving food pricing in Newfoundland and Labrador.  This is my first experience working with CLEAR and I am so excited to get started!
Screen Shot 2020-10-17 at 12.07.24 PM Charlotte Florian (Settler, she/her): Hi, my name is Charlotte Florian, and I am from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, but have been in Newfoundland for eight years. I am currently a third year student at Memorial University in the Bachelor of Science in Geography program. I have also previously received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Memorial University. This semester, through MUCEP I will be working as a Lab Technician. I cannot wait to see what I will learn and I am thankful for this opportunity.
Screen Shot 2020-10-17 at 12.08.18 PM Abdul Rafeh Rahat (he/him): is an international student from Pakistan. He is a transfer student from Kansas State University and is currently doing Engineering at Memorial University. An avid traveler who has traveled to more than 20 countries wants to work towards a sustainable Earth. He believes everyone has environmental responsibility and is a big fan of innovation with seismic change. He will work as an ISWEP student with CLEAR this semester and is excited to contribute to its success.
Screen Shot 2020-10-17 at 12.05.07 PM Hey there! My name is Janine O’Reilly (she/her) and I am a settler from St. John’s, NL. I am an undergraduate student at the Marine Institute studying Marine Environmental Technology, and I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Throughout my science education, and my artistic practise, I aim to learn more about my relationship to the land I live on. I am so excited to be a MUCEP student working as a Lab Technician with CLEAR this semester!
Nadia.jpg Nadia Duman (she/her) is from Guayaquil, Ecuador. Nadia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has been an active CLEAR Lab member since 2017 and has contributed to research involving biomonitoring of plastics in species, plastic identification in benthic sediments and spatial analysis using GIS. Currently, she is an M.Sc. candidate at the Geography Department (MUN) supervised by Dr Liboiron. Her research consists of determining the spatial and temporal trends of marine plastics flowing into and out of Newfoundland. She is interested in the application of spatial data and technologies for plastic pollution research.
Unknown-1 Arif Abu (He/His/They/Their) came to Newfoundland, the ancestral homelands of the Mi’kmaq and Beothuk, via a long journey which started in Chittagong, Banglades. Arif has been a local in Siliguri and Kolkata in India, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Windsor, Victoria, Vancouver, Kelowna, Oshawa, Toronto in Canada and Mexico City in Mexico.
Arif is the Special Advisor to the AVP (Academic) and Dean of Graduate Studies at Memorial University on matters related to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. At the same time, he serves as an International Student Advisor (Immigration and Special Projects) at Memorial University’s Internationalization Office.
He has a Master’s degree in Political Science, and a Bachelor’s degree with honours in International Relations and Development Studies from the University of Windsor.
His academic background, lived experience, and work in the field of international education and social justice have influenced him to examine critically the concepts of western epistemological racism, the decolonisation of existing knowledge acquisition and dissemination structures, the experience of international students, and the concept of fourth-wave student development spaces within student affairs.
If you would like to discuss any matters related to equity, diversity and My email is  aabu@mun.ca.

Alumni of our lab include: Tiaasha Naskar, Tammy Sheppard, Forough Emam, Zhe Shi, Celestine Muli, Elise Earles, Carely Mills, Alex Flynn, 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, Nic Kuzmochka, Kelechi Emmanuel Anyaeto, Shramana Sarkar, Charlotte Muise, Lucas Harris, Jillian Chidley, Michael Broz, Luke Lucy-Broomfield, Megan Dicker, Jacquelyn Saturno, Lauren Watwood, Iwalaye (Ayo) Oladimeji, Emily Simmonds, Natasha Healey, Noah Hutton, and Taylor Hess.

* This Land acknowledgment for Memorial University, which has campuses in various parts of the province, was created by the five Indigenous groups in the province together. To learn more about why some words and phrases were chosen, see the explanation of the Land acknowledgment here.