L to R: Amy Amos (Executive Director), Kristen Callaghan (Wildlife Biologist), Kris Maier (Fisheries Biologist), Cheryl Greenland (Office Manager), Janet Boxwell (Renewable Resources Manager), Natalka Melnycky (former Special Projects Biologist).
Full Time/Permanent Staff
Executive Director - Amy Amos, B.Sc.
I implement decisions made by the Board, ensure that the GRRB's
staff follow the Board's decision, oversee research, management
and education programs conducted or funded by the Board, prepare
the Board's budget and monitor its expenditures, supervise
office staff and prepare materials needed for Board meetings.
Personal biography: I am a participant in the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (GCLCA). I was born in Inuvik, NT and raised in Halifax, NS. In Halifax, I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Mount Saint Vincent University (October 2004) and I worked for Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography on invertebrate research, including population and genetic studies. In January 2006, I moved back to Inuvik to work as a biologist for the GRRB. Since moving here, I have worked on Traditional Knowledge studies, fisheries field research, management planning, community engagement and several educational activities. I have also represented the GRRB at public hearings and many other conferences and meetings on renewable resources. In March 2009, I accepted the position of Executive Director and have since been working on more management level activities.
Wildlife Biologist - Kristen Callaghan, B.Sc., hons, M.Sc. Candidate
coordinate and conduct research and management of birds and mammals in the GSA.
Personal biography: I grew up in south-western Ontario, where childhood experiences of wildlife and natural habitats around my home and region were influential in directing my interests toward biology. During completion of my B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Windsor, I gained field experience with many bird and bat species found in Ontario and spent two enjoyable summers assisting in a study of small mammal diversity at Point Pelee National Park, as well as completing a project examining prey selection of Long-eared owls in the park. Since then, I have been involved with projects across the country on species such as elk, grizzly bear and Sprague’s pipits, among others. I have completed my course work and field work towards a Master of Science degree on big brown bat roosting associations at the University of Regina and am enjoying the diversity of experience and opportunity working as a biologist with the GRRB. I began working for the GRRB in February, 2008 and am currently working on wildlife management plans with our co-management partners and assisting in the wrap up of field activities related to the Richardson project on Dall’s sheep, grizzly bear and wolf interactions that is being overseen by Catherine Lambert-Koizumi from her new location in Edmonton.
Fisheries Biologist - Sarah Lord, B.Sc. (Hon), Ph.D. Candidate
Responsibilities: I coordinate and conduct research and management of fishes and forests in the GSA.
Personal biography:I grew up in Vancouver, B.C. where I spent my childhood playing hockey in the winters, hiking and camping with my family in the summers. During my B.Sc. at University of British Columbia, I worked for the Botany Department and the Forestry Department, doing field research on plant community ecology and population dynamics at field sites at Kluane Lake, on Vancouver Island, and in the Rocky Mountains. In my final year, I carried out an undergraduate research project on the genetics of alpine songbirds. For my doctoral research at the University of Alberta, I continued working in the mountains, investigating contaminant accumulation in Common Loons and the fishes they eat in boreal forest lakes all the way up into the subalpine lakes of Jasper and Banff National Parks in Alberta. For the past three years, I was the laboratory manager and field program co-ordinator for an Arctic fisheries research group at the University of Waterloo, studying Arctic Grayling in barrenlands streams. I started working for the GRRB in January 2017. I am excited to assist the co-management team in both fisheries and forestry management in the GSA.
Renewable Resources Manager - Janet Boxwell, B.A.
Responsibilities: I review research and land use applications in the Gwich'in Settlement Area, liaise with the community Renewable Resource Councils and assist in the implementation of recommendations from the Gwich'in Harvest Study. My responsibilities also include the organization of public hearings and data management. I am a good person to contact if you have questions about renewable resource-related research in the Gwich’in Settlement Area.
Personal biography: I grew up in Ontario, New Brunswick and Vancouver Island, where I was introduced to a variety of natural environments through family vacations spent camping, canoeing and hiking.
I’ve always been fascinated by the complexity and diversity of both biological and physical natural systems. At Simon Fraser University, I couldn’t decide whether to major in biology or physical geography - so I did both! I was fortunate to assist with plant ecology field work across BC from the west coast of Vancouver Island to the Alberta border. I also learned much as a field assistant for geologists researching the geological record of tsunamis on the West Coast. However, despite the imminent prospect of the next ‘Big One’ and resulting tsunami, I was not deterred from spending 15 summers as a sea-kayak guide on the West Coast where I could introduce visitors to the environment that I love so much.
I accepted a term contract for 1 year with Parks Canada in Inuvik in 2008 and enjoyed the community and the country food so much I decided to stay! My career has been varied and includes terms as a college instructor in Outdoor Recreation and Physical Geography programs in North Vancouver and in the Natural Resources Technology Program at Aurora College in Inuvik.
I’m looking forward to meeting people in the communities and assisting with the wildlife management issues that are of concern to the Gwich’in people.
Office Manager - Cheryl Greenland
Responsibilities: I provide financial and administrative support for the GRRB.
Personal biography: I was born and raised here in Inuvik. My parents are Alec and Elizabeth Greenland. I attended both the elementary and high school here and graduated from the Native Women's Training centre in 1992. I also attended Mount Royal College in Calgary for a year.
Over the years, I have worked with many of the Gwich'in organizations, as well as the GNWT, gaining a wide array of office experience.
I have always been interested in the environmental issues that are happening in the NWT and have been trying to educate myself in this area over the past few years.
As the Environmental Coordinator for the GTC's First Nations Forestry program, I trained Gwich'in Beneficiaries in Environmental Monitoring. I helped create the Environmental Monitors Manual, now the standard for this type of work.
As Environmental Coordinator/Finance Clerk with IMG Golder in Inuvik, I worked on projects such as Bathymetry, Aquatics, Vegetation, Wildlife, Pellets, Traditional History and Archeology. I trained outside of Calgary in Terrestrial Biosciences and Aquatics techniques.
I have held a few other positions in the finance world, but I have been here at the GRRB since February of 2009. I enjoy being out on the land as much as possible, when time permits. I am an avid curler and have enjoyed this sport for many years.
Species at Risk Biologist - Kaytlin Cooper B.Sc.(hons), M.Sc., G.Cert.
(beginning January 5, 2015)
Responsibilities: I work with local communities, Renewable Resource Councils and the government (Federal and Territorial), assisting with the development of management plans and recovery strategies, and administering species at risk programs and research projects in the GSA. While my position is currently a term contract, the long term goal of the GRRB is to acquire funding to make the position permanent.
Personal biography: Growing up in the UK, I spent summers camping, enjoying the outdoors, and travelling Europe with my family. This fostered my love for nature and visiting new places.
I studied Applied Ecology (B.Sc.) and Habitat Creation and Management (M.Sc.) at Staffordshire University. After my second year, I spent the summer in Canada volunteering with EarthWatch studying coastal ecology, and explored Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Upon completion of university, I moved to the south of England where I worked as a park warden for the government, before moving to Vancouver where I volunteered at Stanley Park Ecology Society and Western Canada Wilderness Committee, and studied Environmental Impact Assessment. I returned to the UK for a few years and worked as a field ecologist for an environmental consultancy, before moving permanently to Canada, first living in Vancouver then Northern Ontario. I have recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Practice: Natural Resources Management from Royal Roads University.
Webmaster - Chelsea Hermus
Responsibilities: I coordinate and update the GRRB website and assist the Executive Director with communications materials on an as-needed basis. I have also worked for the GRRB on a contract basis as a Fisheries Biologist and Communications Manager.
Personal biography: A paleontologist and Web designer born and raised in Alberta, I have a wide variety of interests and skills. My career path has taken me many places, including research, teaching, editing, writing, laboratory coordination and several incredible opportunities to work from remote Northern field camps. I enjoy any chance I get to work with fish, both career-wise and as a hobby.
I am currently living and working in Victoria, BC.