It is a custom that we academics call the assemblage of people we work with a ‘lab’, though I think it conjures the wrong picture in my case. I work with a wonderful group of junior scholars, and I am proud of what we have done together, and their journeys beyond my lab.
Currently, I am working with (supervising or co-supervising) the following people, at Dalhousie unless otherwise mentioned:
- Yan Chen, IDPhD candidate, Image-based culturomics for social impact assessment (co-supervised with Mike Smit, Dal School of Information Management), 2018-
- Bernard Soubry, PhD candidate (Oxford), Climate Resilience on Maritime Farms (co-supervised with Thomas Thornton, Oxford/UAlaska Southeast), 2017-
- Kate Thompson, IDPhD candidate, Operationalizing ES in Urban Planning (co-supervised with Peter Duinker, SRES), 2016-
- Mehrnoosh Mohammadi, MES candidate, energy transitions in amenity wine landscapes, 2019-
- Gardenio da Silva, MES candidate, social impact assessment of hydroelectricity, 2019-
- Krysta Sutton, MES candidate, climax thinking in coastal adaptation, 2018-
- Dorothy Okene, MREM candidate, research intern on rancher well-being and adaptive grazing, 2020
- Emily Wells, MES candidate, Mi’kmaw ecosystem services in Bay of Fundy dykelands and tidal wetlands, 2020-
- Samantha Howard, Environmental Science Honours, public perceptions of flood mapping, 2020-
- Andrew Willms, Environmental Science Honours, human-bear conflict in Nova Scotia, 2020-
Lab alumni include:
- H. M. Tuihedur Rahman, Postdoctoral Fellow on Making Space for Movement and Making Room for Wetlands (co-supervised with Danika van Proosdij, Saint Mary’s University), 2018-2020, off to another postdoc at McGill
- Wes Tourangeau, Postdoctoral Fellow on Reconciling Holistic Management Practice and Science, 2017-2019 – off to an LTA at SMU
Masters students I have supervised (and their paths beyond):
- Jaya Fahey, MES 2020, Space to Roost: Working with recreational beach users to set aside high-tide roosting space for migratory shorebirds in the Minas Basin of the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, Canada. She worked for Bird Studies Canada throughout her MES and went to work for ECCC full time as a Program Officer, Funding Programs, before even defending.
- Farzana Karim, MES 2019, How do second homes and coastal short-term rentals affect municipal planning and decision making in the context of climate change? (co-supervised by Eric Rapaport, Planning),
- Ellen Chappell, MES 2019, Understanding attachment to utilitarian landscapes and wind energy support in the Chignecto area – kept her on as a statistical analyst until Health Canada hired her away, though we continue to collaborate.
- Yan Chen, MES 2016, Understanding youth landscape perceptions and mapping landscape values via social media – returned to start in IDPhD with me and Mike Smit starting in 2018.
- Kristina Keilty, MES 2015, Understanding landscape values and baselines of acceptability on the Mactaquac Dam and headpond, New Brunswick – joined Summerhill Group as a Program Manager after graduation.
- Aiswarya Baskaran, MES 2015, Water-related ecosystem services and water quality: farmers‘ perceptions and practices – joined Sustainalytics as an Associate after graduation.
- Simon Greenland-Smith, MES 2014, Farmer perceptions of wetland ecosystem goods and services – worked for me until March 2018 on Wood Turtle Strides and other research, then he moved on to SeaBlue Canada.
- Kate Goodale, MES 2013, Biodiversity and farming: An evaluation of a voluntary stewardship program and exploration of farmer values – stayed on to help me with research on farm biodiversity and extension until Toronto and Region Conservation Authority won her.
- Ellen Whitman, MES 2013, Current and future wildfire risk in the peri-urban Acadian Forest Region – completed her PhD in fire ecology at the University of Alberta in June 2019, and is now working for the Canadian Forest Service in Edmonton.
Interns and non-program Research Assistants:
- MJ Valiquette, RA on a project with CBCL on communicating with municipalities about flood mapping, fall 2019, heading to NRCan’s PARDP after graduation.
- Rachel Cadman, worked on systematic literature review on the HM project between her MREM and her IDPhD, spring/summer 2019
- Camille Caesemaecker, Visiting student from Agrocampus Ouest, France, interned fall 2018 as part of Master of Science in Agronomic Engineering working on mapping dykeland values using Instagram
- Carolyn Mann, research associate 2017-2018, Systems thinking and training in holistic grazing management – heading off to be an NRCan Policy Analyst
- Sarbpreet Singh, MREM intern summer 2018, Rotational grazing and climate discourse in producer magazines
- Taylor Owen, RA 2015-2017, Energy exposure and attitudes, first NS Energy now with Halifax Regional Municipality on the climate file.
- Mhari Lamarque, MREM intern summer 2016, research associate 2017-, Assessing outreach and education at Ducks Unlimited Canada – Mhari and I still work together on program evaluation work (e.g Wood Turtle Strides) and other things
- Jingwen (June) Qin, Mitacs Globalink intern summer 2016, Social media analysis of urban landscape use and preferences by Chinese students.
- Carlisle Kent, MREM/MLIS intern summer 2015, research associate 2016, Holistic grazing management: scientometrics and rhetoric – Senior Records Analyst at the Town of Richmond Hill
- Ruoqian (Joy) Wang, Mitacs Globalink intern summer 2015, Using Google Earth to assess scattered tree patterns in Australia – she returned for an MES with Karen Harper on forested wetland dynamics (2016-2018)
- Izzy Morin, RA fall/winter 2014/15, Coding landscape elicitation data from floating focus groups on the Mactaquac hydroelectric headpond.
- Larissa Holman, MREM intern summer 2014, Hydroelectric dam removal: science and visualization using storymaps – RiverWatch Coordinator
- Logan Loik, MREM intern summer 2014, Climate adaptation options in Nova Scotia dykelands using Q-method – RiverWatch Interpretive Guide
- Christiane Verstraten, MREM intern summer 2011, Farmer perceptions of wetlands – a photo-elicitation study – Program Coordinator at the Nova Scotia Woodlot Owners and Operators Association
- Jillian Baker, MREM intern fall 2011, research associate 2012, Schools-based climate change education – a pilot using art to teach and assess – Cheticamp River Salmon Association Program Manager