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Halifax repeat photography

My final term project was on display in the NSCAD photography department for a week.

I always try to do some training during sabbatical, and this winter I took a digital photography course at NSCAD. This was designed to get me more familiar with handling and editing photographs in advance of some repeat photography work in Australia this summer. The class was a wonderful group of folks from a range of backgrounds, and we each tackled a final project that was displayed in the photography department for the week (see above).

My project was repeat photography of images I found in the Halifax Municipal Archives, allowing me to learn to combine old and new photographs from familiar sites around the city (see below for an example). The whole set can be found here. Thanks to Elena Cremonese at the Archives, and Rob Allen at NSCAD, for their support of this work. Also thanks to those of you on LinkedIn who answered the call when I couldn’t identify one of the photo sites.

Intersection of North and Chebucto, now and sometime maybe in the 60s? (Archival image 102-39-1-1276, Halifax Municipal Archives)

Congratulations Dr. Brackel

A quick note to congratulate Dr. Lieke Brackel on the successful defense of her TUDelft PhD dissertation, Brackish Waters: Integrating Justice in Climate Adaptation and Long-Term Water Management. Dr. Brackel used ethics frameworks to tackle how to deal with competing justice claims in climate adaptation planning, including managed retreat. I enjoyed reading the thesis and being a member of her examining committee, and thus being able to participate in another one of those wonderful Dutch events: the combination PhD examination and individualized graduation ceremony. Always stimulating as well as heart-warming.

In-person and remote examiners question Dr. Brackel, with the support of her two paranymphs.

Farewell lunch for Lara

Me, Lara and Brooke at Efes Turkish Cuisine on International Women’s Day

Had a lovely lunch at Efes on Friday with my two current postdocs, Brooke McWherter and Lara Cornejo, to farewell Lara whose last day will be at the end of this month and who is working remotely until then. It also turned out to be International Women’s Day and so it was a fitting day to be getting together. Thanks, Lara, for all the great work on NSERC ResNet over the last two years.

Grant-writing retreat

Sunset from the Hayes Room

Ian, Fanny and I in the SRES Hayes Room, past 9 on a school night.

I’m just recovering today from a 2.5-day writing retreat with Ian Stewart (Kings/Dal) and Fanny Noisette (UQAR) for the upcoming deadline for the Transforming Coastal Action large research projects. We represent 3/4 of the co-lead team for TranSECT (Transformative adaptations to Social-Ecological Climate change Trajectories), which was called Cluster 3.3, inside the Promoting Just and Equitable Adaptation  domain of the original funding application. There were two unusually late nights, where I got to see what the grad students get up to in the suite when the rest of us go home, and now have a long list of to-dos. Thanks to Fanny and Ian for the productive time and great company.


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