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The CERRI Research Team

Dante Torio,PhD

Marine Biologist | Spatial Ecologist

Research Coordinator

Dante joined CERRI in 2019 after working for many summers along the eastern coast of James Bay during his post-doctorate. He is responsible for research on coastal ecology and focuses on ecosystems that support waterfowl and fish habitats. Dante collaborates with Chisasibi land-users to develop and conduct environmental monitoring and baseline studies on the territory. Dante trains young land users to use scientific instruments in the laboratory and the field and develop innovative ways to monitor ecosystems based on Cree's traditional ecological indicators.

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Isaiah Coonishish

Co-Researcher | Fisheries Specialist


Nicholas Chakapash

Piishipuishtikw (CH6 Trapline)

Co-Researcher | Lab Technician

Remote Sensing

Nicholas joined CERRI in Spring 2021 as the co-researcher from the Piishipuishtikw (CH6), his family's trapline. He is currently training on using scientific instruments and conducting environmental sampling along the James Bay coast. Nick participates in water quality analysis, plant and fish analysis, and ecosystems mapping. He is learning Javascript to analyze satellite imagery using Google Earth Engine, a cloud-computing platform. Apart from doing environmental research, Nick plays a critical role in the community by helping to analyze wastewater for COVID-19 indicators.

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Jason Stevens

Co-Researcher | Psychologist

CEGEP | Sustainability Specialist

"In 2022,  Jason  joined  the  CERRI  organization,  where he  is  focused  on  leading environmentally  sustainable projects   and   aiding  in research   to   maintain environmental/nutritional health  and  mitigate  climate  change. Jason  is  a  professional with  a  passion  for environmental  sustainability and   climate  change mitigation.  He  holds  a Bachelor's  degree  in Psychology  with  an  accent on   environmental sustainability  and  a  CEGEP degree in Business Administration   and Marketing.  Recently,  he  has  been  dedicating  more time  to  studying sustainable  food  sovereignty  issues.  .  He  has a strong  background  in project   management, training,  and  coaching  and  is  committed  to  finding innovative  solutions  to environmental  challenges.

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Preston Sam

(CH-35 Trapline)
Co-Researcher | Lab Technician
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Preston Sam  joined  CERRI  at the  beginning   of the   year  of 2023 as a Co-Researcher for the (CH-35) trapline. He  is currently   training   with  CERRI  on  using  scientific instruments  to  monitor the      James       Bay     coastal  environments.   Preston    works  with  Nick    on   the    Chisasibi Wastewater Surveillance Laboratory  as  a Lab Technician. Preston is constantly monitoring  the  community's   wastewater  for any signs  of  COVID-19.  Preston  is  trained   in  basic  fishery  science  and  specializes  in  fish  otolith  preparation  and  interpretation   like  Nick and Isaiah.  

Preston Bobbish

LA-1(Trapline CH-27)
Co-Researcher | Groundwater Specialist | Cartographer

Preston Bobbish Joined CERRI in the Summer of 2022 as a Co-Researcher for the LA-1(Trapline CH-27). He is currently training on using scientific instruments and conducting environmental sampling along the James Bay coast. Preston specializes in Hydrogeology within the Chisasibi coastal traplines

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