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.
Really honoured to have been asked by IASNR to keynote this year’s ISSRM meeting after it was moved online. While I would love to be sitting around with my colleagues in Cairns, Australia, the originally planned host city, I’m so far enjoying the online presentations and live Q&A engagement. My keynote synthesizes my work on climax thinking, drawing insights from the work of MES students Kristina Keilty, Ellen Chappell and Krysta Sutton in contexts as diverse as potential dam removal, wind energy, and coastal adaptation. I am looking forward to the live Q&A for the keynote session on Wednesday morning, and the rest of the conference as it rolls out over the next two weeks.
A picture of Bernard Soubry farming I found floating around the web.
Impressed by an editorial written for the Chronicle Herald by my PhD student Bernard Soubry, who has taken time from his final writing process to return to farm labour here in Nova Scotia. The editorial, COVID-19 shows what’s wrong with how Canada feeds itself, is a passionate and well-informed hit on Canada’s food system and dearth of adaptation plans. He writes:
But here’s a truth that researchers and rural communities have known for a long time: the food system in Canada doesn’t have a problem because of COVID-19. The food system is the problem.
On August 6, Bernard spoke to CBC Halifax’s Information Morning about his editorial; you can listen to that here.
Farzana Karim in her new home of Corner Brook, NL.
Just in time for our virtual graduation this week, nice to see that DalNews has featured recent lab alum Farzana Karim, as well as MREM alum Ben Johns. Farzana’s thesis topic on the challenge that short-term rentals and second homes pose to climate change planning and management has only become more important since she began it. I hope that she and her MES alum husband, Tahazzud Hossein, find a good home in friendly Corner Brook, where my family hails from originally.
Great news this morning from my co-supervised postdoc at SMU, HM Tuihedur Rahman, who was successful in the most recent round of SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis grants. Called ‘Using carrying capacity measures to guide the transformation of coastal governance systems for sustainability’, we have a dream team of collaborators, including Melanie Zurba and Peter Duinker here in SRES, and Tony Charles and Danika van Proosdij at SMU. Looking forward to this new initiative. Congratulations, Tuihedur! We’ll be looking for some good RAs soon to help dig into the literature on this topic.
Later update: This good news was followed by awful news in the afternoon that my SSHRC Insight Grant was not successful. Back on the horse this fall!