Polar Continental Shelf Program

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Claudia's student Alex Quesnel enjoying a day of fieldwork in the north

Claudia's student Alex Quesnel enjoying a day of fieldwork in the north


Natural Resources Canada houses an initiative called the Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP), which is concerned with scientific research in our domestic north. The program has become well established since its inception in 1958. At the end of November, the Polar Continental Shelf Program Science Report 2014 was released. The report showcases the world-class research being done by associated professionals across a range of disciplines. 

Professor Claudia Schröder-Adams is a contributing author to this report. She is currently studying "ancient environmental conditions in the Sverdrup Basin during the Cretaceous Period." Her most recent field work has ocurred on Axel Heidelberg and Ellesmere Islands, which are both located in the in the Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut. Her research team includes Professor Jens Herrle (Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany) and Alex Quesnel, one of her Master's students. Alex successfully defended his Master's thesis earlier this week. His thesis is entitled "Cretaceous strata of Eagle Plain, Yukon: Paleoenvironments, subsurface biostratigraphy and regional correlations". 

The PCSP article describes some of the fascinating research that Professor Schröder-Adams is doing, such as the discovery of abundant vegetation in the High Arctic during the Early Cretaceous Period. One of the culminating features of her research program is a scientific documentary of her recent field studies. The anticipated release date is toward the end of the 2016 Winter term. The earth sciences community is cordially inivited to the premier, which will be announced shortly. 


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