Biodiversity, future, and extinction: Alana Westwood comments on the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity report

More than 50 researchers from 23 countries collaborated in the report, which highlights that countries must act as soon as possible to allow global biodiversity to be recovered. The document presents an updated assessment on how the biodiversity milestones and goals of the global biodiversity framework can be achieved. Dr. Alana Westwood (not involved inContinue reading “Biodiversity, future, and extinction: Alana Westwood comments on the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity report”

BEAVER DAM MINE PROJECT: DALHOUSIE GRAD STUDENTS’ RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CONSIDERATION

In response to Atlantic Mining Nova Scotia’s proposed open-pit gold mine project, Beaver Dam Mine, recommendations for consideration were made for the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, Atlantic Mining Nova Scotia, and federal authorities in the ongoing assessment of the Beaver Dam Mine Project. Dalhousie University graduate students from Dr. Alana Westwood’s class ENVI5001 EnvironmentalContinue reading “BEAVER DAM MINE PROJECT: DALHOUSIE GRAD STUDENTS’ RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CONSIDERATION”

CBC’S INFORMATION MORNING: INTERVIEW WITH ALANA WESTWOOD DISCUSSING CARBON

The word carbon is everywhere. But chances are, unless you are a scientist, you might not really know what carbon actually is and how it moves around the planet: in air, land and water. Dr. Alana Westwood weighs in and explains what carbon is, what it does for living things and why burning too muchContinue reading “CBC’S INFORMATION MORNING: INTERVIEW WITH ALANA WESTWOOD DISCUSSING CARBON”

DALHOUSIE’S FOREST ECOLOGY & MANAGEMENT GRADUATE CLASS SUBMITS COMMENT ON NOVA SCOTIA’S REVISED OLD FOREST POLICY

Last month, the draft of the revised Old-Growth Forest Policy in Nova Scotia was publicly released with a call-out for public consultation. The draft can be found here. Dr. Alana Westwood and graduate students from her Ecology & Management course submitted their feedback on the proposed policy update. Their key recommendations for updating the policyContinue reading “DALHOUSIE’S FOREST ECOLOGY & MANAGEMENT GRADUATE CLASS SUBMITS COMMENT ON NOVA SCOTIA’S REVISED OLD FOREST POLICY”

SCHOOL FOR RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES (SRES) FACULTY CALL FOR AMENDMENTS TO NOVA SCOTIA’S ENVIRONMENTAL GOALS AND CLIMATE CHANGE REDUCTION ACT

Last week, Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservative government introduced Bill 57, the Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act into the house. Faculty members of Dalhousie’s SRES, including lab head Dr. Alana Westwood, weighed in on the bill with an open letter. Although commending and overall supportive of the Bill’s direction and intent, SRES faculty calledContinue reading “SCHOOL FOR RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES (SRES) FACULTY CALL FOR AMENDMENTS TO NOVA SCOTIA’S ENVIRONMENTAL GOALS AND CLIMATE CHANGE REDUCTION ACT”

ALANA WESTWOOD & COLLEAGUES WIN INGSA DIGITAL POSTER AWARD FOR THEIR PROJECT ON KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE IN FORESTRY

Members of the Westwood Lab and colleagues from Carleton University, Natural Resources Canada, McGill University and University of Toronto Scarborough were one of the five to win the Digital Poster award at the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA). Their digital poster, “Understanding knowledge exchange in natural resource management”, was presented by Alana WestwoodContinue reading “ALANA WESTWOOD & COLLEAGUES WIN INGSA DIGITAL POSTER AWARD FOR THEIR PROJECT ON KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE IN FORESTRY”

DALHOUSIE, CARLETON & NRCAN PARTNERSHIP PUBLISH PAPER ON KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE IN FOREST SCIENCE: PART 1

Members of the Westwood Lab and colleagues from Carleton University, Natural Resources Canada, McGill University and University of Toronto Scarborough published systematic map protocol in the open-access journal, Ecological Solutions & Evidence! This paper is Part 1 of a two-part Registered Report that includes the study design of the paper (introduction and methods). This reviewContinue reading “DALHOUSIE, CARLETON & NRCAN PARTNERSHIP PUBLISH PAPER ON KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE IN FOREST SCIENCE: PART 1”

WESTWOOD LAB AND EVIDENCE FOR DEMOCRACY WIN SSHRC PARTNERSHIP ENGAGE GRANT TO STUDY INTERFERENCE IN SCIENCE

“Can scientists speak?” was a question often asked from 2008-2015, when it was widely documented that federal scientists in Canada were being restricted from communicating with the media. The interference with the ability of scientists to conduct and communicate their work remains a more widespread issue, and one that is likely ongoing in Canada andContinue reading “WESTWOOD LAB AND EVIDENCE FOR DEMOCRACY WIN SSHRC PARTNERSHIP ENGAGE GRANT TO STUDY INTERFERENCE IN SCIENCE”

NOVA SCOTIA’S GENERAL ELECTION AND THE ENVIRONMENT: ALANA WESTWOOD WEIGHS IN

An election has been called in Nova Scotia! With climate change top of mine for many and a time of transition in forestry, this election is key for charting out the province’s environmental future. Ongoing media coverage includes interviews with lab head Dr. Alana Westwood about environmental priorities for this election. She told CBC NewsContinue reading “NOVA SCOTIA’S GENERAL ELECTION AND THE ENVIRONMENT: ALANA WESTWOOD WEIGHS IN”

ALANA WESTWOOD WINS TEACHING AWARD AT DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY

In early May, the Faculty of Management presented Facilitating Excellence in Student Learning in Exceptional Times awards to Dr. Alana Westwood and her fellow colleagues who have supported student learning over the past year. Recipients were nominated by students and peers within the Faculty. Congratulations Dr. Westwood!! Read more on this news and the selectedContinue reading “ALANA WESTWOOD WINS TEACHING AWARD AT DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY”