Jen Holzer of ResNet Theme 1 leads Landscape 1 through some facilitated discussions in the first ResNet workshop.
Yesterday we had the first workshop for ResNet Landscape 1 team, facilitated by ResNet Theme 1 (see above), in combination with our quarterly team call. We achieved an interesting set of break-out discussions on issues of ecosystem services in landscape 1 and as an integrative opportunity in research.
The quarterly call also featured a one-hour student symposium chaired by SMU MA student Brandon Champagne, where we heard from a dozen ResNet-affiliated students from Dalhousie, SMU, and Acadia about their research, including some early results from the field season now almost behind us. Two of those presenting students were Evan McNamara and Terrell Roulston, both SMU students in Jeremy Lundholm’s EPIC lab. Evan is pictured below doing some recent knowledge mobilization about their pollination ecosystem services work with participating farm owners and workers at Abundant Acres, where they did some of their fieldwork this past summer. Great work, everyone!
Evan McNamara showing pollinators to the team at Abundant Acres after the field season he and Terrell Roulston spent partly on that farm, Oct 3,2020 (Photo: Terrell Roulston).
H. M. Tuihedur Rahman heads back to McGill to another postdoc after 2.5 years working at Dal/SMU.
Last week, I got to have a nice face-to-face but socially distanced send-off at the lovely Tart’n’Soul cafe with postdoc Tuihedur Rahman, who has been working for the last two and a half years, spanning SMU (supervisor Danika van Proosdij), and me. The Making Room for Movement project, funded by NRCan’s Climate Change Adaptation Fund, 2018-2020, has produced lots of interesting insights for synthesis, and Tuihedur has led–and is still leading–these papers. Thank you, Tuihedur.
View up the Northwest Arm, early morning, Sept 25, 2020.
Bookending this week with pictures of my daily commute, which is quite a pleasure these days. It’s not just the lower traffic with people working at home, though that is nice, it’s that I’ve finally been able to get back to commuting on foot. The Halifax Regional Municipality changed the buffer distance for students to qualify for bussing this year down to 1.6 kms this year – we are 1.7 km from the school. So instead of spending 80 minutes in the car a day, waiting in long lineups to get through the bottlenecks at the Armdale Rotary and feeling like part of the problem, I’m spending 80 minutes walking, in part along the lovely and narrow Northwest Arm. The above is a view of the Arm from that self-same Rotary, harder to appreciate when jockeying traffic. I wonder how many other families could be using more active transportation if bussing were more widely available?
Kudos to MES candidate and Killam Scholar Gardenio da Silva, who has two new papers out this month from work with Brazilian colleagues in the energy context. One of them, Ranking sustainable areas for the development of tidal power plants: A case study in the northern coastline of Brazil, has appeared in the International Journal of Energy Research, and the other, Techno‐Economic Feasibility Study on Electric Vehicle and Renewable Energy Integration: A Case Study, is in Energy Storage. These papers are over and above his MES work on social impact assessment in hydroelectricity! Bravo.