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Erin Keenan

Arctic marine conservation specialist

Erin Keenan

Erin grew up in Toronto, Ontario, where she first developed a curiosity for ecology by exploring Toronto’s ravines on her bicycle. This carried through her undergraduate program in global development and environmental studies and she became particularly interested in community-based environmental management, particularly for indigenous communities in Canada. Her first introduction to the Arctic was during her Master’s program in marine management when she spent six weeks in Naujaat, Nunavut conducting interviews with local hunters and elders as part of her research into the role of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit in narwhal management in Nunavut. A few months later, she took the Arctic plunge and moved to Iqaluit to work as a wildlife biologist with the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board. In May 2017, Erin joined WWF-Canada in Iqaluit, working on Arctic marine conservation, including the Last Ice Area, marine protected areas advocacy, and community engagement on behalf of WWF-Canada’s Arctic team.

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