Research Associate/Community Coordinator – Dr. Abdullah Al Mamun

Born in a rural village in southern Bangladesh, Dr. Mamun (also called by native peoples of northern Saskatchewan as sisip which is a duck in Cree language as he is an immigrant here) has a passion for landbased activities including fishing and farming. Mamun has a passion for braiding traditional ecological knowledge and science in ecosystem, wildlife and water quality programs and helping disadvantaged communities including Indigenous youth training focusing on northern Canada. Outdoor activities including working in cold winter months (even minus 40C in northern Saskatchewan) did not bother him to support community-based ecosystem monitoring in lakes and rivers. Mamun brings his strength of interdisciplinarity in research as he has both natural science and resource management degrees.  Mamun did his Ph.D. from the Joint University of Waterloo-Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Program in Geography with a focus on environmental management through community engagement. He received his Masters of Natural Resources Management degree from the University of Manitoba (local/Indigenous knowledge focused) and a M.Sc. in Zoology, Jahangirnagar University (wildlife biology and aquatic ecology). Mamun has expertise in the area of boreal ecology, wildfire, and chronic wasting disease, woodland caribou range plan/recovery, community-based monitoring, Indigenous protected area, and northern food systems. Engaging Indgenous youth to train them in science through ecological research is his present research focus. Before joining as a senior research associate at the McLoughlin lab, he worked for mapping and modeling of woodland caribou traditional ecological knowledge to support boreal caribou conservation/ range planning. He also looked at arctic wildfood harvests patterns in the context of climate change. He supported the caribou recovery and monitoring program managed by Prince Albert Model Forest Inc.