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I am currently working on a dissertation that uses DNA barcoding as a tool to assess biodiversity and risk of northwards range expansion of freshwater invertebrates in the Canadian Middle Arctic. I work closely with Polar Knowledge Canada and the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, and contribute to Arctic BIOSCAN.

My work is guided by something I observed during my first community consultation with Hunter-Trapper Organizations from across the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut: 

A gap in literature does not always equal a gap in knowledge.

Read more about my work and contributions to ARCBIO here!

PhD Candidate, Integrative Biology [4.0 GPA]
2019 – present; expected graduation by December 2023
University of Guelph, Guelph, ON
Thesis: Using DNA barcoding as a tool to assess biodiversity, phylogeography, and risk of northern range expansion of freshwater invertebrates in the Canadian Arctic
Advisor: Dr. Sarah Adamowicz; Co-Advisor: Dr. Ian Hogg
BSc with Honours, Physical Geography [3.1 GPA]
University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB
Thesis: Effects of seasonality and sediment properties on nutrient cycling in Sub-Arctic tundra ponds
Advisor: Dr. Nora Casson; Co-Advisor: Dr. LeeAnn Fishback


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Recorded Talks

Dani Nowosad | Exploring Freshwater Biodiversity in the Arctic

Explore By The Seat Of Your Pants

Live session for school-aged youth across Canada and several US states

Streamed live on Feb 18, 2022

Knowledge Mobilization: Implementing Inuit Guidelines for Ethical Research

Integrative Biology Seminar Series, University of Guelph

Sept 29, 2022

Feeling Welcomed: Creating Space for Indigenous Students at the University of Guelph

Dani Nowosad and Dr Melissa Perreault

Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health

Oct 20, 2022


In the media


  1. 2022. DNA barcoding in Arctic freshwaters with Danielle Nowosad. Arctic Research Foundation. Text.

  2. 2022. Guelph, Ont. Grad student’s work helps Indigenous students fee welcome on campus. CBC radio, Kitchener and Waterloo. Radio and text.

  3. 2022. How this Metis student is changing what it means to be Indigenous in STEM. University of Guelph News. Text.

  4. 2021. New UoG program to enhance research in biology for Indigenous students. University of Guelph News. Text.

  5. 2021. CBS graduate student wins prestigious award. University of Guelph News. Text.

  6. 2021. UWinnipeg alumna Danielle Nowosad receives Kishaadigeh Award. University of Winnipeg News. Text.

  7. 2021. Gryphons improving life: student experience awards 2021. University of Guelph News. Text.

  8. 2019. UWinnipeg celebrates excellence. University of Winnipeg News. Text.

  9. 2019. A summer job up north: Headingley scientist conducting research in Cambridge Bay. Headingley Times. Print.

  10. 2018. Louis Riel Bursaries – meet the talented Metis students. University of Winnipeg News. Text.

  11. 2018. Undergraduate research wins at Randy Kobes Symposium. University of Winnipeg News. Text.

  12. 2018. Crossings Volume 2 launches this month. University of Winnipeg News. Text.


  1.  2022. Dani chills with Arctic invertebrates. We Know Some Stuff podcast, hosted by Louis Colaruotolo.

  2. 2019. Dani Nowosad – Living up north, struggling with multiple choice questions, and having a creative partner. 2M Creative Labs podcast, hosted by Juan Manual.

 3. 2018. Polar bear defense & bottled atmosphere with Dani Nowosad. The Ponder Pod podcast, hosted by Jeremy Darvill and Eric Jorgenson.


I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities. Let's connect.


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