Dr. Chris Furgal is an Associate Professor in the Indigenous Environmental Studies Program at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. He is cross-appointed to the Departments of Indigenous Studies and Environmental Resource Studies and Sciences. He holds a B.Sc. (Ecology and Evolution) from the University of Western Ontario, an M.Sc. (Biology) and Ph.D. (Environmental Studies/Planning) from the University of Waterloo, and was a CIHR Postdoctoral fellow in Environmental Health at Laval University Research Hospital, Public Health Research Unit from 1998-2003. He has previously held positions at Laval University cross-appointed between the Departments of Community Health and Political Science.
His current research focuses on environmental health risk assessment, management and communication with Aboriginal communities throughout the Arctic. Outside of his teaching and research, Dr. Furgal is a co-founder and co-director of the Nasivvik Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments along with Dr. Eric Dewailly. Previously, Dr. Furgal has been a lead author of several national and international science assessments on Arctic environmental health issues including the human dimensions of climate change and environmental contaminants. He was a lead author with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment, through which he was a co-recipient with the other authors of the 2007 Nobel Prize for raising awareness of global climate change. In addition, he has been a lead author on the Arctic Climate Impacts Assessment and the most recent Canadian assessments on Climate Change in the North published by Natural Resources Canada and Health Canada where he lead contributions on the impacts of climate change on health in Arctic populations.