Alexander Duncan


Thesis Topic

Sea lamprey research and management – Indigenous input and inclusion (3I project)


Dr. Andrea Reid


HBSc, Forestry, Lakehead University
MSc, Forestry, Lakehead University

Research Unit

Centre for Indigenous Fisheries


Aanii, Alexander Duncan ndizhnikaaz, Niigaanweywidan nindigoo ojibwemong, Waabizheshii ndoodem, Neyaashiinigmiing ndoonjbaa.
Alexander Duncan (Niigaanweywidan – spirit name), a member of the Marten clan, is from the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation and the larger Saugeen Ojibway Nation, Ontario. Coming from a fishing nation where water and fish remain a vital component of culture and life, Alexander has committed his academic career to meaningfully contribute and support Indigenous fisheries across Turtle Island, especially given the rising tensions over resource use and access. As part of the 3I project, his PhD research will focus enhancing the collective understanding of Indigenous perspectives and experiences with sea lamprey and their control in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Alexander currently sits on the International Association for Great Lakes Research’s Board of Directors as the Canadian Student Member.

Research Interests

Indigenous fisheries; knowledge systems; Great Lakes; Petromyzontiformes; mapping knowledge


Joseph Armand-Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC-PhD; 2021)
University of British Columbia Aboriginal Fellowship (2021)
The Wildlife Society Native Student Professional Development Grant (2021)
Ralph Akiwenzie Scholarship (2017)

Contact Information

Twitter: @alextduncan


Boucher, N., Almack, K., Duncan, A. T., and Reid, A. R. (2021). IAGLR session explores “seeing with both eyes” through Indigenous knowledge and Western science. Great Lakes Connection Newsletter, International Joint Commission.

Duncan, A. T., and Reid, A. R. (2020). Lamprey of North America. Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences.

Duncan, A. T. 2020. An investigation into the local and traditional knowledge of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation regarding the status of ciscoes (Coregonus spp.) in Lake Huron. Master’s thesis, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario. 144 + ix pp.

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