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Dunmall March 2014-14Karen Dunmall is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Manitoba, working in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Her research focuses on using Pacific salmon as indicators of change in the Arctic. In the subsistence fisheries of many Northern communities, the types of salmon being harvested, the numbers of salmon being harvested and where they are being harvested are all changing. As Pacific salmon use both the freshwater and the ocean at different stages of their life, they can provide information about changes in these ecosystems. Karen is working with subsistence fisheries throughout the Canadian Arctic to document these changes in the harvest of Pacific salmon, and uses the salmon and their potential habitat to help answer questions such as: Where are these salmon coming from? Are they successfully spawning in the Canadian Arctic? Are they able to use the Arctic Ocean when they go to sea or do they migrate all the way to the Pacific Ocean? Do they interact with other fish in the Arctic? All of the Pacific salmon used for this research are obtained from subsistence fisheries, and therefore Karen is privileged to work with many communities, organizations and individuals throughout the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Karen has worked on salmon in the Arctic since 1999. She completed her MSc on Atlantic salmon in Norway and worked on Pacific salmon in Washington State and also in Alaska, where she lived in Nome for several years. She now lives in Winnipeg with her husband and three children. For more information about the Arctic Salmon project, visit www.arcticsalmon.ca or www.facebook.com/arcticsalmon