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March 2017

 
IN THIS ISSUE



Public Talk - Prospects and Pitfalls: Public Banks as Catalysers of a Green Transition -TODAY
Environment Prize Deadline TODAY
School of the Environment students defend Honours and Graduate Theses
Alternatives Journal - free subscription for SMUdents
Science Atlantic Environment
Research: Publications, Conferences, Visiting Scholars

Today at 12pm - Prospects and Pitfalls: Public Banks as Catalysers of a Green Transition

The International Development Studies Program is pleased to present:
Prospects and Pitfalls: Public Banks as Catalysers of a Green Transition

Dr. Thomas Marois
Senior Lecturer, Department of Development Studies
SOAS University of London

Friday, March 31, 2017
12-1:30pm
McNally Main 227
Saint Mary's University

DEADLINE TODAY for Environment Prizes

Environmental Science and Bachelor of Environmental Studies students in their final year (or recently graduated in 2016-2017) can apply for the Environment Prizes to be awarded at Spring Convocation. Today, Friday, March 31 at 11:59 pm is the deadline. You can find the application process and terms of reference at this link: http://www.smu.ca/academics/student-opportunities.html or by emailing environment@smu.ca.
MSc Applied Science Thesis Defense

Congratulations to Kirsten Ellis who successfully defended her MSc Applied Science thesis Evaluation of the Erosion Reduction Potential, Stability, and Resilience of Living Shorelines in Nova Scotia.  Supervisor Dr. Lundholm (Biology, Environmental Science). Committee: Dr. van Proosdij (Geography and Environmental Studies), Rosmarie Lohnes (Industry Partner and Committee Member Helping Nature Heal Inc.) Examiner: Dr. Bob Pett (NS Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal)

Upcoming Honours Thesis Defenses

DOG PARK USERS TRAVEL DISTANCE AND MODE CHOICE IN HALIFAX, NS - April 12 @ 1pm in Burke 207
Eric Norris (Bachelor of Environmental Studies)
Supervisor: Dr. Mat Novak (Geography and Environmental Studies)

COMPARISON OF SHALLOW GROUNDWATER HYDRODYNAMICS IN REFERENCE PEATLANDS AND THE DITCHED BIG MEADOW BOG COMPLEX ON BRIER ISLAND, NOVA SCOTIA - April 13 @ 12 pm in Burke 207
Makeala MacIntyre (Environmental Science)
Supervisors: Tony Bowron (SMU Environmental Science Adjunct Faculty and Coastal Wetland Ecologist with CB Wetlands & Environmental Specialists (CBWES Inc), John Brazner (Dalhousie Graduate Studies Adjunct Faculty and Ecosystem and Habitat Specialist, Ecosystem and Habitat Program, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources—Wildlife Division)

CLEAR WAYS: AN ASSESSMENT OF THE CLEAR BAG INITIATIVE IN THE HRM - April 18 @ 10am in Burke 207
Breagh Beaver (Bachelor of Environmental Studies)
Supervisor: Dr. Jason Grek-Martin (Geography and Environmental Studies)

COASTAL CLIMATE CHANGE VULNERABILITY AND ADAPTATION IN FUNDY NATIONAL PARK, NEW BRUNSWICK - April 19 @ 10am in Burke 207
Jenna Miller (Geography)
Supervisor: Dr. Danika van Proosdij (Geography and Environmental Studies)

MAPPING THE DEVELOPMENT OF CONDOMINIUMS IN HALIFAX, NS FROM 1972-2017 - April 20 @ 2pm in Burke 207
Colin Werle (Geography)
Supervisor: Dr. Mat Novak (Geography and Environmental Studies)
 
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Alternatives Journal - Free SMUdent Subscription

The School of the Environment has sponsored a student subscription to Alternatives Journal - 
Canada's Environmental Voice
. Subscribe via this link: http://www.alternativesjournal.ca/form/student-subscription
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Annual Science Atlantic Environment Student Conference

This year, the Science Atlantic Environment Conference was held at the University of New Brunswick campus in Fredericton on March 3-5. We shared an information table with University of New Brunswick. It was an enjoyable meeting full of fantastic science and thoughtful conversations.

The conference opened with an interactive Blanket Exercise Workshop to discuss historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. This was a powerful exercise which led to insightful discussions by all participants. The next day, we braved the cold to learn how to teach environment in outdoor settings, but the cold snap drove us inside where we shared stories and teaching approaches for ecosystem and outdoor education.  Next, we launched into science, with a series of outstanding presentations by undergraduate and graduate students.  A banquet was held at a local craft brewery where good conversations were continued. In all, it was an enjoyable and productive experience.

Next year, SMU School of the Environment will be sponsoring ENVS, GEOG and BES students to present at Science Atlantic Environment 2018. Undergraduates and graduate students are both welcome. You can present your directed studies project, honours thesis project or the results of your research.

Watch for the announcement about travel and registration stipends in Fall 2017!
 

 
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PhD Applied Science Candidate, Amy Heim publishes in Digital Commons-Loyola Marymount University

Green Roof Thermal and Stormwater Performance Comparisons Between Native and Industry-Standard Plant Species
A Heim, S Appleby-Jones, J Lundholm - Cities and the Environment (CATE), 2017
 
http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1189&context=cate
The Varying Impact of Land Use and Climate in Holocene Landscape Dynamics in the Mezzogiorno - Dr. Myles McCallum-Modern Languages and Classics

Dr. Myles McCallum has co-authored an article in Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies with colleague, Peter Wigand of California State Bakersfield and the University of Nevada, Reno.The article, "The Varying Impact of Land Use and Climate in Holocene Landscape Dynamics in the Mezzogiorno," (3.2: 3 - 31) is also available online at: http://www.athensjournals.gr/mediterranean/2016-1-X-Y-Wigand.pdf

Dr. Hugh Millward and Post-doctoral student Michele Vitale head to Association of American Geographers Conference

Dr. Millward and Michele Vitale will present the preliminary results of their research in Boston at the 2017 Association of American Geographers (AAG) Conference next week. The poster highlights how school siting decisions constrain children's opportunities to be more physically active during their journey to and from school, and the financial costs and pollution emissions potentially associated with school busing.

Dr. Millward will also be presenting an oral paper, co-authored with Dr. Jamie Spinney entitled Active Living among Late Adolescents and the Journey to School: A Canadian Time-Use Perspective.

Geography MA Candidate presents at Metropolis Conference

Jodi-Ann Francis, a Master of Arts Candidate in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, presented the findings to her study at the 19th Annual Metropolis Conference on Montreal, QC. Jodi-Ann's thesis focuses on the factors influencing international students' decision to stay in, or leave, Nova Scotia; she will defend in April.

Visiting Scholar Studies Nova Scotia Lichens

Dr. Anwar Tumur from the College of Life Sciences and Technology, Xinjiang University, China, is visiting for the 2016-2017 academic year supported by the China Scholarship Council. The funds have allowed Dr. Tumur to spend a year at Saint Mary's University.  Anwar comes from northwest China and has studied the lichens of the Tomur Peak National Nature Reserve there (Figure 1). Since coming to Halifax in October, he has been able to visit several parts of the province to study lichens with local experts Frances Anderson and Tom Neily. In Halifax he has been working with his host, Dr. David Richardson (Figure 2) , studying the lichens of  Nova Scotia, especially those in the Halifax Public Gardens and Point Pleasant park. He has also been assisting graduate student, Caitlin Porter, with identifying lichens from the coastal barrens of Nova Scotia.
                                                                
                                                                                                             









Dr. Anwar Tumur (Fig. 1)                        
                                                                                                            Dr. David Richardson with Dr. Anwar Tumur (Fig. 2)
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