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Honours proposals a go

Kudos to Samantha Howard and Andrew Willms for defending their Environmental Science Honours proposals yesterday. Both did a great job, and fielded questions expertly. Samantha is exploring resistance to public flood mapping, using Lunenburg County as a case study, and Andrew is working with Department of Lands and Forestry to try to understand the steep increase in human-bear conflict in the province in recent years and how to reduce it.  Thanks to Tarah Wright, who leads the Honours class, for her excellent preparation of Sam and Andrew and the rest of the cohort.

Congratulations, Samantha

Selam Abdella, left, and Samantha Howard are co-winners of the inaugural Margaret R. Crickard Scholarship

Selam Abdella, left, and Samantha Howard are co-winners of the inaugural Margaret R. Crickard Scholarship

Exciting news today that Environmental Science Honours student Samantha Howard won one of the two inaugural Margaret R. Crickard Scholarships that celebrate the academic achievement and community involvement of International Development Studies (IDS) students (one of her majors). Very well deserved!

ResNet is getting busy

Jen Holzer of ResNet Theme 1 leads Landscape 1 through some facilitated discussions in the first ResNet workshop.

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).

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).

Coverage on The Freshwater Blog

Supplemental figure from Jaric et al. 2020 in PLOS biology that disentangles the concepts of iEcology and Culturomics.

Supplemental figure from Jarić et al. 2020 in PLOS biology that disentangles the concepts of iEcology and Culturomics.

Thanks to writer Rob St. John for authoring a post on The Freshwater Blog about our new  article in PLOS biology about iEcology and conservation culturomics for aquatic applications. I was happy to be featured in this post, and especially to have the opportunity to talk about my work with Yan Chen, former MES, current IDPhD and also paper co-author.

Bye, Tuihedur

H. M. Tuihedur Rahman heads back to McGill to another postdoc after 2.5 years working at Dal/SMU.

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.

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