The CERRI Research Team
Vincent Gautier-Doucet, M. Sc.
Coordinator and Anthropologst
Vincent joined CERRI as the first full-time staff member in 2017 and developed in collaboration with the Board of Directors and Chisasibi leadership the CERRI approach to community-based research. He is responsible for coordinating the activities of the research team, program development as well as anthropological and archaeological research at CERRI.
Dante Torio, P.hD
Marine Biologist and Spatial Ecologist
Dante joined CERRI in 2019 after working many summer 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 in James Bay. Dante works in close collaboration with Chisasibi land-users to develop and conduct environmental monitoring and baseline studies on the territory. This involves providing training on the use of scientific instruments in the laboratory and in the field as well as developing innovative ways to monitor ecosystems based on Cree traditional ecological indicators.
Kaa Upichukaashi (CH5 Trapline) Coresearcher
Eddie joined the CERRI research team in 2019 as the community researcher responsible for the research project in the Kaa Upischukaashii trapline (CH5). He conducts environmental monitoring in the field and sample analysis in the laboratory as well as land-use and toponymic cartography (GIS). He plays an important role in documenting Cree traditional knowledge and traditional ecological knowledge with elders and land users of Chisasibi. Eddie is also responsible for the CERRI satellite research station and land-based education camp in Kaa Upischukaashii.
Piishipuishtikw (CH6 Trapline) Coresearcher
Nicholas joined our team in Spring 2021 as the coresearcher from the Piishipuishtikw trapline (CH6). He is currently training with the CERRI researchers and coresearcher on the use of scientific instruments and the conduction of environmental sampling along the James Bay coast. In the laboratory he participates in water quality, plant and fish analysis and ecosystems classification using GIS software and satellite imagery.