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Mike Moloney


Dr. Moloney has been conducting research at the Arctic Institute of North America (AINA), since May 2016. He holds a Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of Calgary, an MA in Maritime Archaeology from the University of Southampton, and a BA in Classical Studies from the University of Waterloo. Michael has worked in remote locations around the world conducting archaeological excavations both on land and underwater.

In 2013 and 2014, Dr. Moloney participated in the underwater excavation of a Viking Age harbour on the remote island of Birka Sweden. In addition, to excavating the site Michael also served as the dive safety officer and rescue diver for the project. In this role, he was responsible for dive planning, equipment management and safety checks, as well as ensuring adherence to European Scientific Diving (ESD) diving safety protocols and best practices. In addition to the Birka project, Dr. Moloney has also served as a dive guide in Southeast Asia, participating in several successful rescue operations over his career, as well as serving as a dive safety guide on many recreational and training dives in Canada, the US, England, Sweden, and Thailand.

Since 2011, Dr. Moloney has been involved in environmental impact assessments for a variety of developments in Alberta and Saskatchewan. In particular, he has conducted historical resources impact assessments and mitigations in the boreal forests of northern Alberta and Saskatchewan. These surveys have required the coordination of a number of personnel in remote areas, often accessed only by helicopter and off-road vehicles. Dr. Moloney has functioned as crew lead and project director in many cases, responsible for a safe and effective work environment while in the field, as well as pre-project planning and post field assessment. He has worked with First Nations communities and organizations across Alberta and Saskatchewan, and with Parks Canada.

In his personal life, Dr. Moloney is an avid outdoorsman and has enjoyed many multi-day forays into the backcountry, day hikes, and rock-climbing. During the winter he spends his time snowshoeing and ski touring.
Henry Penn


Dr. Henry Penn has a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from Loughborough University in England. His research is focused on water infrastructure and water security in rural and remote northern and Indigenous communities and he has worked in partnership with communities and Indigenous organizations in Bristol Bay and Northwest Alaska and more recently in Yukon.

Dr. Penn is currently developing a program to implement sustainable energy infrastructure and technologies at our research station at Kluane Lake, Yukon. The aim is to develop a platform to support rural communities develop their own sustainable energy systems while at the same time modernizing the research station facilities and lowering our environmental footprint and providing an experimental facility that communities can use as a test bed prior to major investment in new technologies. In this endeavor, Dr. Penn has partnered with Kluane First Nation, and the Arctic Institute of Community Based Research in Whitehorse.
Garrett Stagg


For the second year in a row, KLRS is excited to welcome back Garrett Stagg as Assistant Chef. Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, Garrett is a graduate of the Yukon College culinary program, and following a successful first summer at KLRS he completed the Level 3 and Red Seal qualifications at SAIT College, Calgary. Alongside his talent for breads and baked treats, Garrett brings a wealth of new and innovative ideas to the KLRS kitchen, including experience with a variety of dietary needs and preferences including vegan, gluten free and corn free. While not cooking, you’ll most likely find Garrett exploring the wild of Kluane and the Yukon; camping, hiking and fishing along the way.
Robert Reich


Now a permanent feature of KLRS, Executive Chef Bob Reich brings over 30 years of cooking experience in remote camps, guiding lodges and catering operations to the research station kitchen. Bob makes KLRS feel like home, whether by cooking three hot meals per day (packed lunch options are always available too), telling stories about the Yukon, or engaging with guests about their research. In the summer, when not running the KLRS kitchen, Bob enjoys fishing from his boat in the Yukon’s many beautiful lakes or spending time around the campfire with friends. Please contact KLRS if you have any dietary questions or have specific requirements for your reservation.


AINA is a member of the Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators (CNNRO) and the International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (INTERACT). Both networks strive to build capacity for terrestrial research, to improve collaboration and coordination of efforts, enable access to partner stations, and implement best practices for station management, use and station-based research and monitoring.

In 2017 KLRS provided transnational access for INTERACT researchers from Finland and Denmark. With CNNRO partners at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre and the Centre d'Etudes Nordique, in 2018, we are starting a Northern Researcher Preparedness program to entrain early career scholars with skills necessary for remote research station management and science support.

In addition to our many station users from across Canada conducting research in the environmental and social sciences, we have begun a number of in-house research programmes at KLRS, including a renewable energy and sustainability project, and an environmental data rescue and environmental monitoring project. In 2017, KLRS became a site in the Global Cryosphere Watch Cryo-Net. You can visit our page here: KLRS Cryo-Net

KLRS has facilitated the US Array program in Yukon and Northern BC and Earthscope over the past several years. We have supported field school programs from the Universities of Calgary, Ottawa, Exeter, Yukon College, and a number of high schools in Yukon and in 2019 we will we host a field school from Robert Thirsk High School in Calgary. We initiated an Artist in Residence program in 2017, and have participated in International Mountain Day in Haines Junction, as well as supporting our station users to share the outcomes of their own research with the people of SW Yukon through regular open house days and other events.

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