Affiliated Scholars


Steven Alexander

PhD, University of Waterloo

As an applied human ecologist and environmental social scientist my research broadly explores the interplay between conservation, environmental change, and natural resource use. My doctoral research more specifically examined the respective governance arrangements associated with an emerging network of fish sanctuaries in Jamaica and questions of fit. An undergraduate degree in geology from St. Lawrence University, a small liberal arts university in northern New York, and a semester abroad in East Africa studying conservation and development provided the foundation for considering the complexities of human-environment interactions and bridging the natural and social sciences. I then went on to spend ten years as an interdisciplinary educator and administrator working with a number of non-profit organizations and universities across North America. Through this work I facilitated professional development workshops for science teachers, led natural history programs for Elderhostel groups, engaged K-12 students in field ecology, developed innovate undergraduate courses incorporating community-based learning and contributed to several field-based university semester programs.
Email: s22alexa(at)
Twitter: @salexander_11



Cheryl Chan

MES, University of Waterloo

Originally from Toronto, Ontario, I studied biology and education concurrently at Queen’s University; completing a B.Sc.H. in 2009, and a B.Ed. in 2010. After graduating, I pursued an interest in international education by moving to Nanjing, China, where I taught at a Canadian international school. Since returning to Canada, I have gained experience in restoration ecology by engaging in field work, and collaborating with stakeholders on a variety of restoration projects through Niagara College’s Ecosystem Restoration program. These opportunities have allowed me to better understand how communities interact with ecosystems, and how these types of relationships might be articulated or represented. My MES research explored some of the connections between ecosystem services and social well-being in coastal communities.


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Graham Epstein

PhD, Indiana University

As an environmental social scientist my research explores a wide range of questions at the intersection of people, the environment and policy. Specifically my research investigates how environmental policies influence behavior and sustainability outcomes in different contexts using both qualitative and quantitative method and seeks to uncover the contexts in which particular policies are likely to increase prospects for sustainability. I completed an undergraduate degree in Ecology at the University of Waterloo, a Master’s in International Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph and a PhD at Indiana University. My research has been published in a number of different venues including the International Journal of the Commons, Ecology and Society and Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability.
Email: Graham.Epstein(at)



Ahmed Khan

PhD, Memorial University

I am an interdisciplinary scholar interested in the complex and myriad inter-linkages between the environment, the economy and society. I employ both conceptual and analytical tools in understanding best management practices in sustaining natural resources and human well-being from local, regional and global scales. I am currently working on adaptation governance portfolios in Atlantic Canada and the Caribbean region under the ParCA Project. Prior to this, I was a research fellow with UNEP- IEMP in Beijing. My main contribution was the design and implementation of UNEP’s ecosystem-based adaptation flagship program in Seychelles and to the governance of ecosystem services in the upper Nile in East Africa. I have also worked on fisheries management issues in Canada (BC, NL & NS) as well as in the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa. My research has been published as book chapters, policy briefs and articles in journals such as Ambio, Bioeconomics, Fisheries Research, Marine Policy and Science.
Email: Ahmed.Khan(at)