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Mark Terry, PhD

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.


Planetary Health


Climate Change, Film





Related Work


Youth Climate Report selected as Honorary mention in the 2020 UN SDG Action Awards | 25 January 2021

Mark Terry featured in cover story of Eden Magazine | 18 January 2021

Amplifying the voice of youth through planetary health films | 7 December 2020

Dahdaleh Institute Research Fellow Mark Terry inducted as a fellow to the Royal Society of Canada | 23 November 2020

Research Fellow Mark Terry Inducted into the Royal Society of Canada | 14 September 2020

UNESCO Announces Official Partnership with Youth Climate Report | 1 September 2020

Postdoc Fellow's Poetry Collection Featured in Toronto Sun | 24 August 2020

Awards, Best-Book List and Chair Appointment: Updates from Documentary Film & Global Health Postdoc | 25 May 2020

"The Geo-Doc" Tops List of Documentary Books to Read in 2020 | 13 April 2020

YorkU Magazine Features Planetary Health Film Lab | 19 February 2020

Postdoctoral Fellow's New Book Published Online | 4 February 2020

Mark Terry at COP25 | 17 December 2019

Mark Terry Delivers Keynote at Fourth Annual Transatlantic Graduate Student Conference | 28 October 2019

Mark Terry Featured in "Innovatus" | 18 October 2019

Mark Terry at YorkU Sustainable Development Goals Day | 28 September 2019

Researcher Organizes YorkU Group at Climate Strike March | 23 September 2019

Mark Terry Signs Book Deal with Palgrave Macmillan | 26 July 2019

Mark Terry Co-Founds ASLE Youth & Environmental Studies Group | 9 July 2019

Dahdaleh Researchers in China, Ireland, Bangladesh and USA | 27 June 2019

Youth Climate Report Announces 2019 Themes | 26 June 2019

Dahdaleh Institute Celebrates Convocation | 21 June 2019

Mark Terry Chairs Panel "Visual Worlds of Colonial Reverberation" | 14 June 2019

Documentary Filmmaker Launches Three New Projects | 3 May 2019

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