June 2016: Congratulations to Sajida Awan, Ashok Selvaraj and Steven Alexander on graduating from their programs at the University of Waterloo! All three have had many successes and have made impressive contributions to their programs, fields of research, and to ECGG. Steven Alexander was also named a 2016 recipient of an “Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies” award.
June 2016: ECGG members continue to publish compelling articles. Our 2016 publications can be found here. Of note is a new paper published by Kaitlyn Rathwell and Derek Armitage in Ecology and Society, which has been profiled on the Glacierhub blog: “Indigenous Art Promotes Resilience to Climate Change“. This paper is one of the first of its kind to empirically assess the role of art and artistic processes as a source of knowledge and insight about environmental change.
June 2016: Spring has been conference season for several ECGG members, and various meetings have been important venues for knowledge sharing and collaboration. Derek Armitage, Prateep Nayak, Cheryl Chan, Evan Andrews, and Graham Epstein all presented at the Coastal Zone Canada conference from June 12-16 in Toronto. The theme of the conference was “Coastal Futures; Resilience through Collaboration”. Irene Brueckner-Irwin presented a poster at the Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership biennial science workshop from June 8-10 in Fredericton. The theme of the meeting was “Fundy in Flux: Challenges for Science, Policy and Society”. You can read about her experience at the workshop in our blog.
May 2016: Five members of ECGG attended the OceanCanada Partnership (OCP) Conference at the University of British Columbia from May 24-27 in Vancouver. More than 50 partners attended for a productive multi-disciplinary meeting about OCP’s core themes and collaboration as the partnership moves forward.
May 2016: Congratulations to the ECGG members who have recently received awards to pursue their research! Evan Andrews and Cheryl Chan have both been awarded Ontario Graduate Scholarships. Irene Brueckner-Irwin has been awarded a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship. Dani Lindamood has been awarded both the David Johnston International Experience Award and a Mitacs Globalink Research Award to study in India. The School of Environment, Enterprise and Development has written about her success here.
April 2016: ECGG member, Jeremy Pittman, was part of a recent paper that documented the lessons learned over the last few decades for conducting inter- and transdisciplinary research on socio-environmental systems. The paper highlights (1) the benefits of co-design and co-production, (2) the need for comprehensive planning and adaptive project management, and (3) the value of engaging with diverse knowledge. The paper was led by Dr. Billie Lee Turner II from Arizona State University, and it is published in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability.
April 2016: Congratulations to Noori Khan for being selected as one of 25 finalists in SSHRC’s annual Storytellers contest. This nation-wide contest challenges post-secondary students to show Canadians how research is affecting our world for the better. Noori’s video, “Coastal Changes: A Case-Study of Fisheries in Chilika Lagoon” can be viewed here. She will go on to compete in The Storytellers Showcase at the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences later this spring in Calgary.