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Arctic Genomics

Wildlife genome information is extremely valuable for environmental decision making, yet much remains unused for this purpose.

The Arctic Genomics team is working to co-develop a suite of genomics knowledge-mobilization tools that will support environmental decision making. Our focus is on supporting end-users with responsibilities for or interests in the areas of biodiversity monitoring, conservation, and the co-management of wildlife that are key to the social, cultural, physical and economic well-being of northern Indigenous Peoples.

Our project activities and outcomes will support conservation, natural resource management, and the sustainability of Arctic wildlife. Outcomes will also support Canada’s efforts to protect Arctic species, and ensure food security for Arctic Peoples. This project will also serve as a model for mobilizing genomics in different regions of Canada and in other nations.


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Muskoxen workshop to be held in Cambridge Bay

A workshop on the management of contemporaneous Muskoxen populations throughout Canada will be held in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, January 9–11, 2024.
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Dr Mishra to present raptor research

Shivangi Mishra will be presenting at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the Raptor Research Foundation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 17–22.
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Apply now! Postdoctoral Scholar

Location: University of Calgary, Main Campus; Area: Genomics, biodiversity monitoring; Start date: April 1, 2023 or negotiable; Applications: Submit by email with the subject line ‘AINA GiSIRT Postdoc Position’ to Maribeth Murray.
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Our Platform

Arctic Genomics is currently developing an online database and searchable geospatial platform to share genomics knowledge, and make relevant data and information more findable and useable to diverse end-users. It is due for release in 2023!

Species in Focus

We regularly delve into the genomics of a different Arctic species. See our Species in Focus page for the complete list.
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Our first blog post is in the works. Check back here soon!
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Canada's coastline in the North
Government of Canada
Arctic sea ice decline per decade since 1979
Marine mammal species found in the Arctic
2013 Arctic Biodiversity Assessment


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