Mark Terry, PhD

Mark Terry, PhD

Research Fellow, Documentary Film & Global Health

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Mark Terry is a fellow at the Faculties of Health and Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto. He has worked throughout the global Arctic serving as the Scientist-in-Residence on Adventure Canada’s circumnavigation of Iceland (2018), making the first documented film of a crossing of the Northwest Passage, The Polar Explorer (2011), and teaching at Arctic universities in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia. He has also worked in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey and the National Antarctic Scientific Center of Ukraine documenting this research in the film The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning (2009).

He has been decorated by Queen Elizabeth for this work with her Diamond Jubilee Medal and by The Explorers Club with its Stefansson Medal, the organization's highest honour. He is a Fellow Member of both The Explorers Club and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. In August 2015, Canadian Geographic Magazine named him one of Canada’s Top 100 Greatest Explorers of all time.

Mark has worked with the United Nations since 2009 on the Youth Climate Report, providing films of global scientific research to its annual climate summits known as the COP conferences. His pioneering work in documentary remediation for the UN earned him the Gemini Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. His current work with GIS mapping was recently nominated by the UN for its Sustainability Development Goals Action Award. He is also currently completing a documentary film The Changing Face of Iceland, about the effects of climate change on the Arctic island nation.

As a member of The Explorers Club, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the Canadian Council for Geographic Education, the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Mark teaches and speaks regularly about the environmental issues affecting the fragile eco-systems of the polar regions and, by extension, the world.



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