Carly Madge

M.E.S. Candidate, 2019-2021

Carly is pursuing a Master’s in Environmental Studies (MES) with a research focus on water security and vulnerability on Arctic communities in the face of climate change, development expansion, and increasing populations. Her interests in northern research are driven by her long-term goals to become a college instructor in the Yukon and inspire students in the environmental program.


“Aside from water research and climate change,” she says, “I’m passionate about building relationships within communities, and I think working in the north would be the perfect spot for me to educate people.” One unique fact about Carly is that she prefers small cities with closely-knit communities, similar to the lifestyle she grew up with in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She also enjoys the outdoors, with hobbies ranging from running, biking, skiing, and rock-climbing.

Leading up to Dalhousie

Upon completing her B.Sc Hons at Lakehead University and a thesis project on municipal groundwater geochemistry, Carly went on to work in the forestry sector in northern British Columbia. After some time, she decided to return to school for graduate studies in order to broaden her expertise in Arctic research.

Advice for future graduate students


“I had been in contact with Andrew [about the MES program] nearly two years back but I had contacted him a little late for the scholarship deadline” she explained, “I ended up applying for the next year instead.” When asked about whether she had any advice for people planning to go into graduate studies, she mentioned “If you think you might be interested, look into the application deadlines very early!”