Ruoqian Wang, M.E.S. student. School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University, 2016-2018.
Thesis: A Multi-Method Assessment of the Temporal Dynamics of Treed Bogs in Nova Scotia
Description: The study is trying to reveal the process of tree establishment in bogs by understanding tree community structure and spatial aspects (point pattern). It will also detect the temporal-spatial tree dynamics in bogs over 90 years through aerial photo interpretation.
Sean Ryan Haughian, Post-doctoral fellow, Biology Department, Saint Mary’s University, 2018-2019.
Project: Disturbance thresholds and factors influencing community dynamics of epiphytic cyanolichens in Nova Scotia, with an emphasis on rare and at-risk species.
Description: The focus of my postdoctoral research is to quantify the relative importance of different threats to epiphytic cyanolichens, and to test experimental conservation measures. This research will ensure that future management activities can more effectively and judiciously conserve these species, and the ecosystems of which they are a part, thought Nova Scotia. This research is supported by a 2-year MITACS elevate grant with the assistance of Port Hawkesbury Paper.
Morgan Rice, Masters of Resource and Environmental Management Candidate, School of Resource and Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University, 2017-2018.
Position: Project Manager (2018-2019)
Project: Bridging Knowledge Gaps and Informing Policy: A Focus on Forested Wetlands in Atlantic Canada
Description: Synthesized preliminary research results of sub-projects within the Forested Wetlands Project and evaluated the principal wetland conservation policy documents within each of the four maritime provinces to identify the vulnerability of forested wetlands to the threats of land development, tree harvesting, and climate change. Preliminary results were used to highlight the significance of forested wetlands from an ecosystem and biodiversity perspective, as well as for their ecological services, for the improvement of policy by increasing their representation through updating wetland inventories and their protection against tree harvesting through acknowledgment within forestry guidelines across Atlantic Canada.
Natasha Dazé Querry, Research Assistant
Logan Gray, Research Assistant