Knopp, Jennie

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Name: Jennie Knopp
esearch Project: Understanding impacts of environmental change on Arctic Char in the ISR: Contemporary scientific and Inuvialuit knowledge for community monitoring
Educational level: PhD candidate in Environment and Life Sciences
University: Trent University
Current position: Program Coordinator, Inuvialuit Settlement Region – Community-Based Monitoring Program
Academic background: BSc Honours in Zoology (University of Guelph)
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About the researcher:  

Jennie Knopp is a PhD Candidate at Trent University (Peterborough, ON). Jennie is also the Program Coordinator for the Inuvialuit Settlement Region Community-Based Monitoring Program (ISR-CBMP) in Inuvik NWT where she currently lives. In her PhD research, Jennie is conducting collaborative research working at the interface between contemporary ecological knowledge and traditional local expert knowledge while studying community-based monitoring of Arctic Char.  She works closely with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Inuvialuit Fisheries Joint Management Committee and the communities of Sachs Harbour and Ulukhaktok for her PhD research. Jennie is an IPY (Climate Variability and Change Effects on Arctic Char Project) and ArcticNet Student Researcher. She is the recipient of the Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research (MSc and PhD), the Arctic Institute of North America Lorraine Allison Memorial Scholarship (PhD), the Nasivvik Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments Graduate Scholarship (PhD), and the ArcticNet Northern Partnership of Excellence Award.

In her role as the ISR-CBMP Program Coordinator under the Joint Secretariat, Jennie works closely with the Inuvialuit Game Council, the three ISR co-management boards and the six community Hunters and Trappers Committees to implement a region-wide community-based monitoring program that incorporate community participation in monitoring efforts driven by local and regional information needs for the management of fish, wildlife, habitat and the environment.

Jennie is the co-chair of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) Traditional Knowledge Working Group.  She is heading up the Traditional Knowledge portion of a project studying the food webs and contaminant transfers in Husky Lakes near Tuktoyaktuk.  She has also worked with Inuit Circumpolar Council (Ottawa, ON) and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (Ottawa, ON) conducting Traditional Knowledge research with local Inuvialuit sea ice experts for Team 10 of the IPY Circumpolar Flaw Lead. Previously Jennie completed her Honours B.Sc. in Zoology at the University of Guelph.


  • 2012-2013; 2011-2012; 2010-2011: Nasivvik Centre for Inuit Health and the Changing Environment Graduate Scholarship Award (PhD)
  • 2012: International Polar Year From Knowledge to Action International Conference – From Knowledge to Action Poster Award
  • 2012-2013; 2011-2012; 2010-2011: ArcticNet Student Stipend (Declined)
  • 2010-2011 and 2009-2010: Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research (MSc and PhD)
  • 2010: Canadian National Sportsmen Shows Scholarship Award
  • 2010: Arctic Institute of North America Lorraine Allison Memorial Scholarship
  • 2009: Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami / Inuit Circumpolar Council and ArcticNet Northern Partnership of Excellence Award (MSc)
  • 2008: Third Place in Social Sciences Poster Awards, ArcticNet Arctic Change International Science Conference, Judged out of 320 posters
  • 2008-2010: Jacques Whitford Education Sponsorship Award for Graduate Research (Declined)
  • 2008-2009: International Polar Year – Fisheries and Oceans Canada Student Stipend


Knopp, J.A., C. Furgal, J.D. Reist, Sachs Harbour Hunters and Trappers 
Committee and the Olokhaktomiut Hunters and Trappers Committee. 2012.  Indigenous and Ecological Knowledge for Understanding Arctic Char Growth. Eds. Carothers, C., K.R. Criddle, C.P. Chambers, P.J. Cullenberg, J.A. Fall, A.H. Himes-Cornell, J.P. Johnsen, N.S. Kimball, C.R. Menzies, and E.S. Springer. Fishing People of the North: Cultures, Economies, and Management Responding to Change. Alaska Sea Grant, University of Alaska Fairbanks.  pp. 177-192.
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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.