Alison Auld and the folks over at our university communication group put together a nice piece on Sea Level Rise, featuring a number of Dal folks working in the space. My coastal research collaborator from Planning, Patricia Manuel, gets the main storyline, but the piece draws on several other projects including our new NSERC ResNet, which will focus on the Bay of Fundy dykelands. Not sure why they used black and white in the layout, as the painting I’m in front of in this picture is beautiful, but it’s a nice long-form article.
We are in a spate of MES thesis defenses in SRES, including three I’m implicated in. Two of those were committee roles for me: Marion Davies, who ably defended her work on climate-motivated eating on Nov 25, and Jennifer Yakamovich who defends this coming Dec 9 (being held in the Dalhousie Art Gallery, aligning with her topic on art and environmental education). I am particularly thrilled to have seen my supervisee, Farzana Karim, strongly defend her thesis this last Tuesday. She tackled the issue of second homes and short-term rentals in the context of climate change, particularly in coastal settings, and used two distinct methods: municipal planning surveys and GIS analysis. What began as an idea nobody was talking about has finished as an issue that many are talking about. So this is great timing to send this work out into the world. Congratulations, all.