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 Westwood with support from Matthew Falconer (Natural Resources Canada – Canadian Forest Service). Congratulations to the winners!
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 review is looking at how knowledge exchange is achieved between producers and users within the forestry sector.
Citation: Westwood, A.R., Hutchen J., Kapoor, T., Klenk, K., Saturno, J., Wang, J., Falconer, M., & Nguyen, V.M. (2021). A systematic mapping protocol for understanding knowledge exchange in forest science. Ecological Solutions and Evidence, 2(3), e12096. https://doi.org/10.1002/2688-8319.12096
“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 and abroad, especially for those conducting research in the environmental studies and sciences.
It is time for a pulse check on the status of interference in science in Canada.
Dr. Alana Westwood is principal investigator of the now SSHRC-funded project Interference in science: Documenting scientists’ perspectives of their ability to communicate and conduct environmental research in Canada. Collaborators include Dr. Philippe Mongeon (Dalhousie University) and Dr. Don Driscoll (Deakin University), with Evidence for Democracy being the external partner.
The grant application was supported by MES student Manjulika Robertson. She, alongside Honour’s thesis student Samantha Chu, will shed new light on the issue of interference in science and explore the issue from additional lenses of diversity and inclusion. Find out more about the project here and for updates, follow it on ResearchGate.
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 News that there are three big jobs waiting on the other side of the election for any government that’s serious about the environment: mitigating climate change, completing the shift to ecological forestry, and increasing protections for biodiversity and endangered species.
“We have some of the most ambitious [environmental] legislation in North America, but it really needs to be followed up by action.”
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 selected recipients here!
The Westwood Lab’s MES student, Manjulika Robertson and her colleague, Kyle Conway, published a paper in Environmental Humanities, “Oil as Solution to the Problems of Oil: The American Petroleum Institute and the Petromodern Paradox”. This paper takes a deep dive into the 1950’s Petroleum School Series of educational booklets published by the American Petroleum Institute (API). The research uncovers the narratives embedded in the curriculum that worked to gain the consent of American’s to continue exploiting the resource and promise a future where petroleum acts as a sustainable solution to the anthropogenic climate change and other issues, caused by petroleum. Congratulations MJ!!
Citation: Conway, K., & Robertson, M.E. (2021). Oil as Solution to the Problems of Oil: The American Petroleum Institute and the Petromodern Paradox. Environmental Humanities, 13(1), 45-65. https://doi.org/10.1215/22OI011919-8867197
Students in ENVI5050: Forest Ecology & Management from Dalhousie created tree species factsheets displaying social, economic, and biological attributes of key trees.
As part of this semester’s class, graduate students each selected a tree species to develop a visually appealing factsheet to demonstrate the key features and display the fascinating facts of the species. All images and text have been reproduced with permission from the students. To see the creative posters and learn more about select local trees, click here.
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.
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 Pollution, 269, 116160. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2020.116160
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.