Experience

Conservation highlights

Landscape Connectivity and Adaptive Management
Connectivity Working Group of the Greater Gros Morne Ecosystem

Reviewed landscape ecology literature, habitat requirements, and recommended forest harvesting management scenarios for birds and mammals of concern. Presented a half-day workshop for Parks Canada, Government of NL Biologists, and Corner Brook Pulp & Paper Ltd.

Nova Scotia Herpetofauna Atlas Project
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, Acadia University

Conducted surveys of herptiles throughout NS, and coordinated volunteers to complete the project field work. Managed/screened the online database and web site; published electronic and paper newsletters.

Ecosystem Vegetation Management Strategy
St. Lawrence Islands National Park

Consulted Park Ecologists, Government of Ontario and Stewardship Councils to create a vegetation management strategy for the Thousand Islands Ecosystem that detailed: core conservation areas, how to achieve connectivity, and recommendations for priority vegetation issues.

Environmental Assessment
Rideau Canal National Historic Site

Carried out the CEAA Environmental Assessment process for projects along the Rideau Canal and reviewed EA’s from external proponents. Conducted surveillance at construction sites along the Canal to monitor contractor compliance with environmental mitigations.

Agri-Environmental Biodiversity Standards
Environment Canada

Synthesized consultant reports and scientific literature to create biodiversity standards for agricultural areas across Canada. Researched and wrote additional standards for pollination and other processes. Co-authored the NAESI Biodiversity Tier 1 and synthesis reports for Environment Canada and Agriculture and Agri-foods Canada.

Conservation Strategy for Newfoundland Marten
Terra Nova National Park, Gros Morne National Park

Worked with Park ecologists and communication specialists to create science-based habitat management and public education strategies to conserve the endangered Newfoundland marten in Gros Morne National Park, and Terra Nova National Park.

Executive Director
Science and Management of Protected Areas Association

Developed: the operating budget and cash flow (> $100,000), standing committees with goals and terms of reference, a Director handbook, a handbook for prospective Directors, new bylaws, Board meeting agendas. Implemented: a new CMS/website and all its content, new branding, a database of conservation organizations, final edit of conference proceedings, initial planning for SAMPAA’s 7th international conference, and an online communication portal for the Board.

Bee Workshops and Consulting 
Acadia University Farm, Transition St. Margaret's Bay, Family SOS (Halifax)

I deliver a range of presentations and workshops about bee conservation, and natural beekeeping, within the Halifax Regional Municipality (Nova Scotia). I also offer individual honey bee hive consulting for hobby beekeepers.

I have enjoyed working with the following organizations

  • Acadia University
  • Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada
  • Alberta Provincial Museum
  • Canadian Wildlife Service
  • Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum
  • Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd.
  • Ecology Action Centre
  • Environment Canada
  • Family SOS
  • Gros Morne National Park
  • Noreca Consulting
  • Nova Scotia Beekeepers Association
  • Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
  • Rideau Canal National Historic Site
  • St. Lawrence Islands National Park
  • Science and Management of Protected Areas Association
  • Terra Nova National Park
  • University of Alberta
  • Transition St. Margaret’s Bay