WESTWOOD LAB AND PARTNERS WIN SSHRC PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT GRANT AND IMPACT ASSESSMENT AGENCY OF CANADA (IAAC) RESEARCH PROGRAM GRANT

Dr. Alana Westwood will be principal investigator on two innovative projects that will generate new, collaborative, and evidence-based knowledge in the sectors of forestry and impact assessment. The first, the SSHRC-funded three-year project What constitutes effective knowledge exchange at the environmental science-policy interface? will continue previous research done by the lab and partners on knowledgeContinue reading “WESTWOOD LAB AND PARTNERS WIN SSHRC PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT GRANT AND IMPACT ASSESSMENT AGENCY OF CANADA (IAAC) RESEARCH PROGRAM GRANT”

PRESERVE WHAT’S LEFT: RILEY SCANLAN WEIGHS IN ON NOVA SCOTIA’S ECOLOGICAL FORESTRY STATUS

“The few areas of remaining old forest are wonders to explore. However, I fear the combined effects of industrial forestry, climate change and invasive species will quickly eradicate what is left.” Riley, Westwood Lab member and Master of Environmental Studies candidate at Dalhousie University, submitted a short response to Lindsay Lee’s June 6 opinion pieceContinue reading “PRESERVE WHAT’S LEFT: RILEY SCANLAN WEIGHS IN ON NOVA SCOTIA’S ECOLOGICAL FORESTRY STATUS”

WESTWOOD LAB MEMBERS RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS AND RESEARCH AWARDS

From left to right: Riley Scanlan, Ali MacKellar, Ben Collison, Samantha Chu. In a show of academic and research excellence, four members of the Westwood Lab have received scholarships for their research endeavours at Dalhousie University. Riley Scanlan, current Master of Environmental Studies (MES) student in the Dalhousie School for Resource and Environmental Studies (SRES),Continue reading “WESTWOOD LAB MEMBERS RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS AND RESEARCH AWARDS”

PUSHING POLICY AT IAIA 22 TO REDUCE FRESHWATER IMPACTS FROM BC’S MINES

Recent Master of Resource and Environmental Management graduate and future member of the Westwood Lab, Ben Collison, joined Dr. Alana Westwood in Vancouver, British Columbia from May 4 – 7 to attend the International Association of Impact Assessment Conference (IAIA 22) alongside hundreds of impact assessment specialists from around the world. The conference was hostedContinue reading “PUSHING POLICY AT IAIA 22 TO REDUCE FRESHWATER IMPACTS FROM BC’S MINES”

Lamenting the loss of the Acadian forest that I never got to know: Riley Scanlan shares her opinion

Riley, member of the Westwood Lab and student in the Master of Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University, submitted an opinion letter to the SaltWire to share her perspectives on old-growth forest in Nova Scotia. In the article she expresses how different her experience on the forest is in comparison to her mentors’ experience a fewContinue reading “Lamenting the loss of the Acadian forest that I never got to know: Riley Scanlan shares her opinion”

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”