Landscapes - People - Global change

Tag: student trainees (Page 1 of 2)

IASNR Conference 2023

Rich Stedman, me (jet lagged, straight from the plane), and Chris Raymond at the welcome mixer.

After the PECS working group meeting in South Africa I flew directly to Portland, Maine, for the 2023 IASNR Conference. IASNR is my primary professional organization and I currently serve on its Council, so that adds an additional layer of busyness during the conference. It was particularly nice to be there with a team: postdoc Brooke McWherter, PhD student Keahna Margeson and MES Emily Snair all came along.

Co-leading the New Member’s Meeting with Bill Stewart.

The New Member’s Meeting I co-ran as part of my role as Chair of the Membership Committee was better attended than any I’ve ever seen – we were running to other rooms to steal chairs. Despite the size, we ended up having an excellent conversation about what brings people to IASNR and what it can offer.

On the first day of presentations, I was part of a panel about publishing with Society and Natural Resources and the SNR Book Series. It was exciting to be able to share the news that the external reviews are back for the decennial review of the field that I am lead co-editing with Gladman Thondhlana and Douglas Jackson-Smith and that we submitted in late January. The reviews are very supportive and we are busily doing final changes to the manuscript so that it can be published in time for the 30th IASNR next year in Cairns, Australia.

Emily Snair presenting her proposal poster

That evening at the poster session, Emily presented her proposal work that is currently undergoing research ethics review, including to some kids attending the event with their academic Mom. I also ‘won’ the big ticket item in the silent auction, a bunch of Moomin swag Chris Raymond brought from Helsinki!

Me, Emily, Jen and Elson at our ResNet panel

On day two, we held a super panel on ResNet Landscape 1 featuring Emily Wells (virtually) on Indigenous values, Jen Holzer (Brock) on collaborative networks and Elson Galang (McGill) on scenario planning. It was well attended and generated some good discussions. Keahna Margeson also presented the results of her first comprehensive exam on social license for ocean and coastal management. Brooke also co-ran a session on research ethics in diverse contexts as part of her work on the Ethics Committee of IASNR. The day concluded with a lobster bake at Peaks Island with a very mausy and foggy ferry crossing.

Day three was a bit more restful. At the lunchtime IASNR All Member’s Meeting where I got to award the second Bridgebuilder Award to Emily Huff, again as part of my role as Membership Committee chair. That evening, Keahna ran the Quizbowl as part of her role as Student Representative Elect, and afterward we had an informal Canadian Caucus meeting at the kooky little AirBnB row house I was sharing with some of my team.

Canadian kitchen party in the AirBnB, including Emily, Jen, Ben, John, Brooke and Keahna.

On day four, I presented on the landscape culturomics work of my team, synthesizing a few recent works to advocate for a government role in ensuring researcher access to social media data for research with public good purposes. Brooke also presented some preliminary research on livestock farmers and systems thinking based on participants of the Advanced Grazing Systems (AGS) farmer mentorship program she is studying in her postdoc. The next day we spent driving back to Halifax by way of the NB farm of AGS-collaborator Cedric MacLeod where we got to see him moving his cattle to a rich new pasture. Brooke was a hero doing that big drive all in one day and I was very grateful to get back to my family after two weeks.

Happy cow on fresh pasture

March lab news

ResNet PIs Jeremy , Danika, I work with Lara at SMU on Lara's system dynamics model integrating our understanding of the Bay of Fundy dykeland context, Friday, March 10th, 2022.

ResNet PIs Jeremy, Danika, and I work with Lara at SMU on Lara’s system dynamics model integrating our understanding of the Bay of Fundy dykeland context, Friday, March 10th, 2023.

It is a busy part of term, three-quarters through, and it is also fiscal year end, but it is still worth taking a bit of time to reflect on a few things happening in the lab. First year MES students Emily Snair and Paria Movaghati Nashta have presented their proposal talks at the SRES Research Seminar class and are preparing for the next stages of their research: getting those proposals approved by their committees. Samantha Howard is firming up her PLS-SEM statistical models and starting to outline her first substantive chapter, while working on the typesetting of her Honours paper for The Canadian Geographer (soon to be Canadian Geographies). Emily Wells just today finished her revisions and deposited her thesis with FGS. Kate Thompson has her second IDPhD dissertation paper in full draft and is getting started on the third and last.  Keahna Margeson is outlining her second IDPhD comprehensive exam, having worked the first into a manuscript for submission.  Postdoc Brooke McWherter is deep into data generation and preliminary analyses, as well as grant-writing, and Lara Cornejo is synthesizing all of L1 into a single massive conceptual model (see above) with the support of the wider L1 team. This will be a more functional conceptual model than the one we made at the outset of the project and published in Facets (and which Facets plugged on Twitter this last World Wetlands Day). We’re all planning our conferences for the coming season, which all seem to be occurring in the same two-or-three week window (IASNR, CZC, EcoSummit, etc.) and so we are scattering to the four winds to cover them all.

Speaking of scattering to the winds, I’ll finish up here by sharing my delight at what I found on campus on Sunday. I had forgotten my laptop cable at work so was a bit disgruntled by the need to walk in to collect it on a weekend. The smile turned upside-down when I saw a Holi festival in full swing in the Dal Quad (see below). Students were dancing to Bollywood music and throwing coloured powder and having a marvelous time, welcoming spring (perhaps a bit early yet). Bring it on.

Holi festival underway in the Dal Quad, March 12, 2023.

Holi festival underway in the Dal Quad, March 12, 2023.

Social scientists at work

Samantha Howard, Brooke McWherter and I work through the early results of Samantha’s MES statistical results.

Term is well underway, now, with the third week of lectures done. Two great classes of students are spending 3 hours a week with me talking about Qualitative Data Analysis and the Socio-Political Dimensions of NRM (and one poor fellow is spending 6 hours as he is in both). In admidst there are the usual milestones being met. Proposal writing for some (Emily S and Paria), data generation for others (Brooke, Lara),  knee-deep data analysis for Sam (see above), writing thesis chapters/papers (Yan, Kate) and comprehensives (Keahna) including MES defense prep for Emily W, and papers finally coming out for some already completed (Mehrnoosh, stay tuned for upcoming posts). It will be a busy term but nice to look forward to a research-intensive sabbatical year starting July 1.

In addition, and the real reason for this post, there has been a lot of great news coming about my lab members recently. I learned that current MES Samantha Howard was named one of Starfish’s Top 25 under 25. I also heard that current IDPhD Kate Thompson has been hired as a 3-year limited term appointment in the School of Planning, starting this term. It’s reference-check season so I can see lots of progress among completed lab members, and it’s always exciting to watch them launch so smoothly.

Congrats to grads and Krysta as valedictorian

Krysta delivers her valedictorian speech at yesterday's SRES graduation.

Krysta delivers her valedictorian speech at yesterday’s SRES graduation.

Our second online graduation happened yesterday afternoon, and was a proper delight. Great to see students in their mortarboards, some together on patios, some at their day jobs, all laughing and celebrating together. Especially proud of Krysta Sutton who was nominated by her MES peers to be valedictorian. She and Megan Fuller, MREM valedictorian, did us absolutely proud, leaving us feeling both cockle-warmed and chuckle-full.  Bless Brenda and her Powerpoint skills for a silly and sweet event all around.

Presenting Dr. Bernard Soubry

Congratulations to Dr. Bernard Soubry who successfully defended his PhD remotely to Oxford this morning. His dissertation is titled, Towards Taking Farmers Seriously: Contributions of farmer knowledge to food systems adaptation to climate change. He phoned me afterward and said he was going to go make doughnuts to celebrate. That’s a COVID celebration if I’ve ever heard of one.

« Older posts

© 2024 Kate Sherren

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑