Breton-Honeyman, Kaitlin

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Name: Kaitlin Breton-Honeyman
Position: Current PhD Student (Environment and Life Sciences, Trent University)
Research Project: Enhancing Understandings in Marine Mammal Ecology: Drawing from the Case Study of Beluga Whale Ecology in Nunavik (PhD Dissertation – in progress)
Academic background: BSc in Biology (Trent University)
Contact information: kaitlinbh@gmail.com

About the researcher:  

I am a PhD candidate in Environmental and Life Sciences at Trent University. My research examines mixed methods approaches to studying marine mammals, focusing on beluga whale habitat ecology in Nunavik, the Inuit region of Arctic Québec. Much of my research has involved learning from the knowledge and experiences that Inuit Elders and hunters have of beluga whales. After completing a BSc in Biology I went on to work as a research assistant with Dr. Chris Furgal. I worked on a project that aimed to improve public health and environment surveillance and monitoring in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) in the Northwest Territories. It was during this time that I became increasingly interested in the north and different ways of knowing and the synergistic possibilities of looking at a question from different perspectives. Bringing together different types of knowledge to provide more holistic understandings serves as the basis for my current research. In addition to my doctoral research I have been fortunate to work with national and international Inuit organizations (Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK)) as well as regional governments (Makivik and Kativik Regional Government (KRG)) on projects related to environmental change, impacts and strategies for community adaptation. Education and teaching are also passions of mine. I am deeply honoured and grateful for the privileged of working together with different partners and communities to improve our collective understanding of species and the environment that sustains us all.

I am currently finishing my dissertation living in Inukjuak where I am working as the Director of Wildlife Management for the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board (NMRWB) (www.nmrwb.ca). The NMRWB is a co-management board made up of members appointed from government and the regional Inuit organization.

Publications:

Breton-Honeyman K., M.O. Hammill, C. M. Furgal, and B. Hickie. In Press. Inuit Knowledge of Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas) Foraging Ecology Nunavik (Arctic Quebec), Canada. Canadian Journal of Zoology.

Breton-Honeyman K., C.M. Furgal, and M. O. Hammill. 2016. Systematic Review and Critique of the Contributions of Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Beluga Whales in the Marine Mammal Literature. Arctic 69: 37–46.

Smith, D., S. Meakin, S. Nickels, C. Furgal, P. Moss-Davies, J.A. Knopp, C. Bott, J. Kuptana, P. Pulsifer, K. Breton-Honeyman, C. Homuth, J. Carpenter, R. Ruben, M. Kanayok, and B. Storr. 2012.  Chapter 3.10: Using Inuit Knowledge to Understand Arctic Climate Change, in On the Edge: From Knowledge to Action during the Fourth International Polar Year Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study (2007–2008). University of Manitoba Press.

Awards/Scholarships/Grants: 

  • 2010-2013: NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship (PGSD3), Doctoral
  • 2009- 2010 and 2011-2012: W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research, Doctoral and Masters
  • 2011-2013: Dean’s Excellence Scholarship
  • 2012: IPY “From Knowledge to Action”: Indigenous Partnership of Excellence Award
  • 2009: David and Joyce Woods Graduate Scholarship, Masters
  • 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012: Northern Scientific Training Program
  • 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2013: ArcticNet Graduate Student Poster Award
  • 2008: Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation- Gladys Neale Award