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Pascale Roy-Léveillée

Pascale Roy-Léveillée 

Assistant Professor




Sudbury Campus


705.675.1151 ext 3365705.675.1151 ext 3365

705.675.1151 ext


B.Sc. Env. in Geography, Guelph University
M.Sc. Geography, Carleton University
Ph.D. Philosophy, Carleton University

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My research considers permafrost conditions and patterns of permafrost degradation in Arctic and sub-Arctic peatlands, and is conducted in collaboration with communities living in permafrost landscapes.

My current research focuses on thermokarst lake initiation, permafrost degradation near thermokarst lakeshores,and permafrost recovery in drained lake basins. My work takes place in Northern and central Yukon.


Introduction to Physical Geography (GEOG1026-EL)

This course presents a broad survey of the key components of environmental systems and is designed to prepare the student for further study in the different areas of physical geography. Topics include mapping and geographic information systems, weather and climate, landform processes, soils and ecosystems. The course focuses on the development of skills to describe and interpret environmental data.

Geomorphology 1 (GEOG2106-EL)

This course introduces the study of landforms and landscapes, with an emphasis on process and on the effect of varying environmental conditions. Topics include geologically controlled landforms, weathering, mass wasting and slope development, the effects of runoff, stream flow and waste action, and humans as geomorphic agents. A one-day field trip is required. PREREQ: ENVI 1507 or GEOG 1026.

Introduction to Cartography (GEOG2016-EL)

An introduction to the concepts, terminology and technologies involved in computer-assisted digital mapping. Basic concepts for understanding geographic information and mapping are emphasized. Lectures and laboratory work.

Introduction à la cartographie (GEOG2016-FL)

On présente des concepts de base nécessaires à la compréhension du processus de représentation et d'utilisation des informations géographiques. Il y aura une introduction aux concepts, à la terminologie et aux techniques liés à la cartographie assistée par ordinateur. Quelques sessions en laboratoire font partie du cours.

Permafrost (GEOG4XXX-EL)

Starting in fall 2016. This course will introduce the study of permafrost with emphasis on permafrost distribution, physical properties, and impacts on terrain conditions. Topics include ground thermal regime, ground-ice content, permafrost degradation, and landforms associated with the occurrence of permafrost. Pre-requisites: GEOG10126, ENVI 1507, or equivalent experience.


Journal articles

  • Roy-Léveillée P, Burn CR. Internal topography of drained lake basins in the Old Crow Flats, Y.T. (submitted to Earth Surface Processes and Landforms in March 2015).
  • Roy-Léveillée P, Burn CR, McDonald ID. (2014) Vegetation-permafrost relations within the treeline ecotone near Old Crow, northern Yukon, Canada. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 25: 127-125. doi: 10.1002/ppp.1805 (full text available through Research Gate)
  • Wolfe BB, Humphries MM, Pisaric MFJ, Balasubramaniam AM, Burn CR, Chan L, Cooley D, Froese DG, Graupe S, Hall RI, Lantz T, Porter TJ, Roy-Leveillee P, Turner KW. Wesche SD, Williams M. (2011) Environmental Change and Traditional Use of the Old Crow Flats in Northern Canada: An IPY Opportunity to Meet the Challenges of the New Northern Research Paradigm. Arctic, 64: 127-135.

Book chapters

  • Roy-Léveillée P, Burn CR. Old Crow Flats: Thermokarst lakes in the forest-tundra transition. In Geomorphological Landscapes of Northern Canada, Edited by O. Slaymaker. (submitted for review in April 2015).

Conference proceedings

  • Roy-Léveillée P, Burn CRThe oriented lakes of Old Crow Flats, Yukon Territory. (submitted for review to the 68th Canadian Geotechnical Conference and 7th Canadian Permafrost Conference in May 2015).
  • Roy-Léveillée P, Burn CR. (2010) Permafrost conditions near shorelines of oriented lakes in Old Crow Flats, Yukon Territory. In 63rd Canadian Geotechnical Conference and 6th Canadian Permafrost Conference, Calgary, AB, Sept. 12-16, 2010, Canadian Geotechnical Society: Richmond, BC. pp. 1509-1516. doi:10.13140/2.1.1332.4167


  • Roy-Léveillée P, Burn, CR, Humphreys, E, Braul, Z. (2014) Near-shore talik geometry beneath thermokarst lakes in the Old Crow Flats, Northern Yukon. THAW 2014 - Thermokarst Aquatic Ecosystem Workshop, March 12-15, 2014,Quebec City, QC. doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.1087812
  • Roy-Léveillée P, Burn CR. (2012) Talik geometry and permafrost degradation under thermokarst lakes in the Old Crow Flats, Yukon Territory, Canada. IPY 2012: From Knowledge to Action, April 22-27, 2012, Montreal, QC. doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.1061995

Outreach documents

  • Roy-Léveillée P, Burn CR. (2009) Permafrost near lakeshores in Old Cow Flats. In Yeendoo Nanh Nakhweenjit K'atr'ahanahtyaa (Looking after the land for the future): Environmental Change and Traditional Use of the Old Crow Flats in Northern Canada, Progress report to the community, February 2009, pp. 13-14.
  • Roy-Léveillée P, Burn CR. (2008) Wind, water, and frozen earth: permafrost degradation along lake shorelines. In Yeendoo Nanh Nakhweenjit K'atr'ahanahtyaa (Looking after the land for the future): Environmental Change and Traditional Use of the Old Crow Flats in Northern Canada, Progress report to the community, February 2008, pp. 9-10.