Peter Pulsifer

Research Scientist I


PhD, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada


Establishment of data management and sharing protocols; understanding terminology related to traditional and community-based knowledge; and the development of web-based mapping and visualization applications



Member, American Geophysical Union

Member, Association of American Geographers

Member, Canadian Association of Geographers

Member, Canadian Institute of Geomatics

Member, Canadian Committee on Antarctic Research

Canadian Representative, Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management

Participant and Canadian Representative, Standing Committee on Antarctic Geographic Information, Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

Participation in conceptualizing the IPY Data and Information Service



Bonebrake, T. C., et al. (including P. Pulsifer). 2017. Managing consequences of climate-driven species redistribution requires integration of ecology, conservation, and social science. Biological Reviews. doi:10.1111/brv.12344.

Pulsifer, P. L., and G. Brauen. 2017. Chapter 13: Geo-Semantic Web. In Understanding Spatial Media, Ed. R. Kitchin, T. P. Lauriault, and M. W. Wilson, pages 136-147. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.


Johnson, N., C. Behe, F. Danielsen, E.-M. Krümmel, S. Nickels, and P. L. Pulsifer. 2016. Community-based monitoring and Indigenous knowledge in a changing Arctic: A review for the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks. Sustaining Arctic Observing Network Task #9. Ottawa, Canada: Inuit Circumpolar Council.

McCann, H., P. Pulsifer, and C. Behe. 2016. Sharing and preserving Indigenous knowledge of the Arctic using information and communications technology. In Indigenous Notions of Ownership and Libraries, Archives, and Museums, ed. C. Callison, L. Roy, and A. G. LeCheminant. The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.


Duerr, R. E., J. McCusker, M. A. Parsons, S. S. Khalsa, P. L. Pulsifer, C. Thompson, R. Yan, D. L. McGuinness, and P. Fox. 2015. Formalizing the semantics of sea ice. Earth Science Informatics 8(1): 51-62, doi:10.1007/s12145-014-0177-z.

Johnson, N., L. Alessa, C. Behe, F. Danielsen, S. Gearheard, V. Gofman-Wallingford, A. Kliskey, E. M. Krummel, A. Lynch, T. Mustonen, P. Pulsifer, and M. Svoboda. 2015. The contributions of community-based monitoring and traditional nowledge to Arctic observing networks: reflections on the state of the field. Arctic 68(5),


McCann, H., P. Pulsifer, B. Sheffield, and C. McNeave. 2013. Local and traditional knowledge stewardship: Managing data and information from the Arctic. Witness the Arctic 17 (2).


McCann, H., C. McNeave, J. Collins, P. Pulsifer, M. Parsons, S. Gearheard, and H. Huntington. 2012. Archiving local and traditional knowledge of the Arctic: Managing data and information in partnership with indigenous communities and earth scientists. Proceedings of the 24th Polar Libraries Colloquy, 79-88.

Pulsifer, P., S. Gearheard, H. Huntington, M. A. Parsons, C. McNeave, H. McCann. 2012. The role of data management in engaging communities in Arctic research: Overview of the Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA). Polar Geography, doi:10.1080/1088937X.2012.708364.


Gearheard, S., H. Huntington, M. Parsons, C. McNeave and P. Pulsifer. 2011. Exchanging and Sharing Knowledge with Local Stakeholders - ELOKA. In Understanding Earth's Polar Challenges: International Polar Year 2007-2008, eds. I. Krupnik, I. Allison, et al., 581-584. Edmonton, Alberta: CCI Press.

Pulsifer, P. L., G. L. Laidler, D. R. Fraser Taylor, and A. Hayes. 2011. Towards an Indigenist data management program: reflections on experiences developing an atlas of sea ice knowledge and use. The Canadian Geographer 55(1): 108-124, doi:10.1111/j.1541-0064.2010.00348.x.


Pulsifer, P. L., D. R. F. Taylor, and G. Laidler. 2010. Creating an online cybercartography atlas of Indigenous sea ice knowledge and use. In SIKU: Arctic Residents Document Sea Ice and Climate Change: Assessing Arctic Environmental and Social Change, ed. Igor Krupnik, Claudio Aporta, Shari Gearheard, Lene Kielsen Holm, and Gita Laidler. Berlin: Springer.


Pulsifer, P. L. 2009. Sensor webs: A tool for using and archiving observations of polar environments. Newsletter of the Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management.


Lauriault, T. P., D. R. F. Taylor, and P. L. Pulsifer. 2008. Will today's internet maps be available tomorrow? The preservation and archiving of the Cybercartographic Atlas of Antarctica through participatory action research. In International Perspectives on Maps and the Internet, ed. M. Peterson, 417-436. Berlin: Springer.

Pulsifer, P. L., A. Hayes, J. P. Fiset, and D. R. F. Taylor. 2008. An education and outreach atlas based on geographic infrastructure: Lessons learned from the development of an on-line polar atlas. Geomatica 62(2): 169-188.

Pulsifer, P. L., A. Hayes, J.-P. Fiset, and D. R. F. Taylor. 2008. An open source development framework in support of cartographic integration. In International Perspectives on Maps and the Internet, ed. M. Peterson, 165-185. Berlin: Springer.


Lauriault, T., B. L. Craig, D. R. F. Taylor, and P. L. Pulsifer. 2007. Today's data are part of tomorrow's research: Archival issues in the sciences. Archivaria 64: 123-179.

Pulsifer, P., and D. R. F. Taylor. 2007. Spatial data infrastructures: Implications for sovereignty in the Canadian Arctic. Meridian (Newsletter of the Canadian Polar Commission) Spring/Summer: 1-5.


Parush, A., P. L. Pulsifer, K. Philip, and G. Dunn. 2006. Understanding through structure: The challenges of information and navigation architecture in cybercartography. Cartographica 41(1): 21-34.

Pulsifer, P. L., S. Caquard, and D. R. F. Taylor. 2006. Toward a new generation of community atlases—The Cybercartographic Atlas of Antarctica. In Multimedia Cartography, Second Edition, ed. W. Cartwright, M. Peterson, and G. Gartner, 195-216. Springer-Verlag.


Baulch, S., R. MacDonald, P. L. Pulsifer, and D. R. F. Taylor. 2005. Cybercartography for education: The case of the Cybercartographic Atlas of Antarctica. In Cybercartography: Theory and Practice, ed. D. R. F. Taylor, 491-515. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Pulsifer, P. L. 2005. Antarctic data management and geographic information. In Newsletter for the Canadian Antarctic Research Network, May 2005, 19: 12.

Pulsifer, P. L., A. Parush, G. Lindgaard, and D. R. F. Taylor. 2005. The development of the Cybercartographic Atlas of Antarctica. In Cybercartography: Theory and Practice, ed. D. R. F. Taylor, 461-490. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Pulsifer, P. L., and D. R. F. Taylor. 2005. The cartographer as mediator: Cartographic representation from shared geographic information. In Cybercartography: Theory and Practice, ed. D. R. F. Taylor, 149-179. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

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