PhD (Bio), 2008
Joel Heath is a scientist, award winning filmmaker, environmental activist, and SFU alumnus.
In 2002, Joel began his PhD project: to study the winter ecology of eider ducks in the Canadian Arctic. This project took him to the remote Belcher Islands where he worked with the community of Sanikiluaq to gather data and footage of the ducks and arctic sea ice. His PhD completed, Joel moved onto a bigger project: sharing the story behind the research by creating a beautiful and intelligent documentary about the relationships among changing sea ice, eider ducks, and the unique Inuit of Sanikiluaq that use the birds for clothing and food. People of a Feather has won Joel over 16 international film awards. Most recently, it has been nominated for a 2014 Canadian Screen Award!
In addition to his documentary, Joel founded the Arctic Eider Society, a registered charity that supports outreach, research, and solution-oriented activism with the goal of empowering Inuit communities and protecting sea ice ecosystems. The Society also works to engage youth and bring the voices of Inuit to discussions on important environmental issues.
Thanks Joel for telling this important story, and for reminding us just how beautiful science can be.
People of a Feather - http://www.peopleofafeather.com/
The Arctic Eider Society - http://www.arcticeider.com/
Submitted by: Erin Barley