2006 James W. Bourque Studentship in Northern Geography - Jessica Tomkins
Can you imagine having a view of the North Pole from your campsite? Jessica
Tomkins doesn't have to imagine it. She lived it last May when she spent two
weeks on Nunavut's Ellesmere Island drilling through two metres of ice to
collect lake-sediment samples.
Tomkins, the recipient of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society's 2006 James W. Bourque Studentship in Northern
Geography, is trying to decipher ancient climate and water conditions in the area to
better understand recent environmental changes.
“Lake sediments can work like a history book,” says Tomkins, a Ph.D. student at Queen's
University in Kingston, Ont. A year's worth of information is encapsulated in just a few
millimetres of silt and clay, providing “a window into the past.”
— Annapurni Narayanan