EIUI Team Member Cited in Scientific American

In the February 2018 issue of Scientific American, Olive Heffernan critically examines the growth of large marine reserves across the world, the influence of biodiversity targets on this conservation process, and the importance of science in marine planning. Among the scientists profiled in this article is EIUI team member, Elizabeth De Santo, drawing on her research […]

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“Holding our feet to the fire”: How eNGOs use information and relationships to advance marine conservation

Today, thousands of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), large and small, are found in decision making settings globally. Why are they active in these contexts? Do they fulfill particular roles? Do they affect how information is shaped and used by decision makers? Do they succeed in influencing policy development? Although NGOs have existed for many years, to […]

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One for the Whales: The Biennial Society for Marine Mammalogy Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia

A first for Canada’s “Ocean City,” the Society for Marine Mammalogy (SMM) held its 22nd Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals at the World Trade and Convention Centre (WTCC) in downtown Halifax. Across from the Grand Parade square at City Hall, the conference packed the WTCC and the adjacent ScotiaBank Centre with all […]

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“Get Your Research off the Shelf and Into Policy”: EIUI Featured in MEAM Newsletter

The Environmental Information: Use and Influence research program is featured in the latest issue of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM) in an article titled “Get Your Research off the Shelf and Into Policy: Writing Reports and Briefs that Influence Decision Making.” Written in the form of an interview, this brief article outlines the research agenda […]

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Who Uses the Results of Long-Term Environmental Monitoring Programs? A New Study by EIUI Team Members

For over 25 years the Gulfwatch Contaminants Monitoring Program of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment has annually measured chemical contaminants in the Gulf of Maine, including the Bay of Fundy using the internationally employed Mussel Watch methodology. Designed to “provide environmental and resource managers with information to support sustainable use of […]

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EIUI at the 2017 Sustainable Oceans Conference

Collaboration, communication, and creativity – the 2017 Sustainable Oceans Conference encouraged participants to consider these three perspectives when addressing today’s coastal and ocean management challenges. This conference, held in Halifax on 22-23 September 2017, provided six members of the EIUI research program with an opportunity to report about current and ongoing research initiatives. Now in […]

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EIUI Participates in the 39th Annual Meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization

Suzuette Soomai, Postdoctoral Fellow with the Environmental Information: Use and Influence research program, attended the 39th annual meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO), 18-22 September 2017 in Montréal, Canada. Over 180 delegates from 11 of the 12 NAFO Contracting Parties attended the meeting. The participants were welcomed to the meeting and to Canada […]

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Ocean Connectivity – EIUI Researcher Conducts Study in Falmouth, Massachusetts

What does the ocean mean to residents of coastal communities? What information informs their views about the ocean? How do these views relate to oceanographic and coastal data? How can citizens’ views about their connections to the ocean inform public policy? These questions underlie a research project being conducted by Simon Ryder-Burbidge, a graduate student […]

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New paper by EIUI team member on the role of evidence in UK marine planning

EIUI team member Elizabeth De Santo has published a new paper on her research about the role of evidence in marine planning, entitled “California dreaming: Challenges posed by transposing science-based marine protected area planning processes in different political contexts.” This paper critically assesses the role of evidence in the development of a network of Marine […]

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Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership releases Proceedings of the 11th BoFEP Bay of Fundy Science Workshop

In April 2017, the Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership (BoFEP), a partner organization of the Environmental Information: Use and Influence (EIUI) Research Program, released the Proceedings of its last biennial science workshop that was held in Fredericton, New Brunswick on 9-11 June 2016. The Proceedings, entitled Fundy in Flux: Challenges for Science, Policy and Society, […]

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