NEWS

February 2, 2021

Dr. Alana Westwood receives one of Dalhousie’s 2021 BELONG grants for pre-tenure faculty from equity-deserving groups.

Funds from this grant will be used to investigate if and how past species distribution modelling and spatially-explicit land-use planning using Indigenous knowledge about Tǫdzı (boreal caribou in one Dene dialect) has respected best practices for supporting the agency and rights of knowledge-holders. Find out more about the project and all of the BELONG grant recipients and their fascinating work at this link.


January 15th, 2021

The Westwood Lab’s Research Associate, Jackie Saturno and her colleagues published a plastic pollution paper in Environmental Pollution, “An emerging source of plastic pollution: Environmental presence of plastic personal protective equipment (PPE) debris related to COVID-19 in a metropolitan city”. This study was completed in collaboration with Environmental Scientist and lead author, Justine Ammendolia, as well as Amy Brooks and Dr. Jenna Jambeck from University of Georgia and Dr. Shoshanah Jacobs from University of Guelph.

Read the Toronto Star, Huffington Post Canada and Globe and Mail press releases on this project that highlights the need to increase public awareness on PPE disposal and improve collection methods. An editorial piece with the Canadian Science Policy Centre is also available here regarding this project.

Citation: Ammendolia, J., Saturno, J., Brooks, A. L., Jacobs, S., & Jambeck, J. R. (2020). An emerging source of plastic pollution: Environmental presence of plastic personal protective equipment (PPE) debris related to COVID-19 in a metropolitan city. Environmental Pollution269, 116160. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2020.116160


November 20th, 2020

Westwood Lab Head, Dr. Alana Westwood, and Dr. Sarah Otto from University of British Columbia published an opinions article in iPolitics, “Rebuilding from a pandemic should strive to pay off Canada’s ecological debt”.

Citation: Westwood, A. & Otto, S. (2020). Rebuilding from a pandemic should strive to pay off Canada’s ecological debt. iPolitics.


October 20th, 2020

In response to the violence against Mi’Kmaw leaders, fishers and fisheries in southwestern Nova Scotia, Dr. Alana Westwood and her colleagues from the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University co-signed a letter to Prime Minister Justine Trudeau.

The letter, sent in by Dr. Karen Beazley, outlined their support for the Mi’kmaq and their right to hunt, fish, travel and conduct trade in Wabanaki according to the Treaties of Peace and Friendship of the 1750s and 1760s. The letter also urged the Government of Canada to protect the Indigenous leaders, fishers and fisheries against further violence and bring justice to the perpetrators.