Mary Ellen Thomas

Senior Research Officer, Nunavut Research Institute, Nunavut Arctic College


Ms. Thomas is presently the Senior Research Officer at the Nunavut Research Institute which is part of Nunavut Arctic College. She worked as the Manager, Research Liaison at NRI before transferring to this position.

The mission of the Institute is to provide leadership in developing, facilitating and promoting traditional knowledge, science, research and technology as a resource for the well-being of the people in Nunavut. The Institute is the lead agency in Nunavut for science, research and technology development.

The Institute maintains its main research facilities in Iqaluit and has logistical support units or labs in Rankin Inlet, CambridgeBay, Arviat and Igloolik. The Institute has developed positive working relationships with many universities and government agencies that conduct or fund research in Nunavut.

She is personally interested in science promotion, science education and capacity building, and the integration of western science and traditional knowledge. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan and worked in several sub-Arctic communities before coming to what was then the NWT. She has lived and worked in Iqaluit and Pangnirtung for over 30 years. She served in various positions in the Department of Education and NunavutArcticCollege before joining NRI in 1999.

Ms. Thomas  have also served on various community non-profit boards and is the recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.

ReSDA interview with Mary Ellen: How do we make research relevant? Watch here.

Nunavut Research Institute
Nunavut Arctic College
Box 1720, Iqaluit, NU, X0A 0H0