Areas of interest: dissemination and use of scientific information in the historical and contemporary contexts.Learn more about Bertrum MacDonald
Bertrum MacDonald is a Professor of Information Management in the Department of Information Science in the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University. With a background in science (BSc, Biology), history of science (MA), and information science (MLS, PhD), he pursues research that investigates the dissemination and use of scientific information in historical and contemporary contexts. He is particularly interested in interdisciplinary research, such as the Environmental Information: Use and Influence initiative, since this work tackles large questions from the point of view of several relevant disciplines. He has been Director of the School of Information Management and recently was Dean of Dalhousie’s Faculty of Management. He can be seen speaking about research projects at local, national, and international levels, and he has held executive positions with local, national and international associations.
Adjunct Professor in the Marine Affairs Program, Faculty of Science, and in the School for Information Management, Faculty of Management. Senior Research Fellow in the International Ocean Institute – Canada, at Dalhousie University.
Areas of interest: aquatic and marine ecotoxicology, Bay of Fundy environmental issues, health of the oceans, monitoring, and marine environmental information – use and influence.Learn more about Peter Wells
Peter Wells is an Adjunct Professor in the Marine Affairs Program, Faculty of Science and in the Department of Information Science, Faculty of Management, and a Senior Research Fellow, International Ocean Institute, at Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. He has a BSc in Biology (McGill University, 1967), a Master of Science in Zoology (University of Toronto, 1969) and a PhD in Zoology/Aquatic Toxicology (University of Guelph,1976). He retired 30 June, 2006, from Environment Canada, after 34 years of public service, his last position being the Head, Coastal and Water Science, and Senior Research Scientist, Coastal Ecosystems, in Dartmouth, NS. At the same time, he served the United Nations GESAMP in various capacities for 14 years, taught at Dalhousie University starting 1983, and taught an international marine pollution course in Bermuda for 16 years. He has approximately 300 publications. At Dalhousie, he supervises graduate students in marine environmental science and marine affairs (ecotoxicology, environmental indicators, ecological risk assessment, land-based marine pollution), and environmental informatics. His current research includes choosing indicators for coastal ecosystem health; utilizing blue mussels for monitoring chemical contaminants; and evaluating the use and influence of marine environmental information in environmental policies and decision making. His community service includes being Chair, Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership (BOFEP), and member of its working groups. He was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2000), and was a recipient of Dalhousie University's highest award for teaching excellence by part-time faculty (2002).
Elizabeth De Santo
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Franklin & Marshall College
Areas of interest: environmental governance, marine protected areas, and biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction.
Elizabeth De Santo
Elizabeth De Santo is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies in the Department of Earth and Environment at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. From 2009-2013 she was Assistant Professor at Marine Affairs at Dalhousie University, where she taught in the Marine Affairs Program and the College of Sustainability. She has an interdisciplinary background combining the natural and social sciences with political science and legal analysis. Elizabeth holds a PhD in Geography (co-supervised in Laws) from University College London, an MSc in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University, and a BA in Zoology from Connecticut College.
Elizabeth's teaching and research focus is on marine conservation and environmental governance, in particular: (1) the efficacy of spatial approaches to conserving marine species and habitats (i.e., Marine Protected Areas), and (2) improving the science-policy interface in environmental decision-making. She is particularly interested in the challenges of effectively implementing Marine Protected Areas and biodiversity conservation worldwide. She has held positions with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Environment Center, consultancies with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada and the Institute for European Environmental Policy, and she is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law.
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Adjunct faculty member in the School of Information Management and Faculty of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie.
Areas of interest: fisheries information and governance
Suzuette S. Soomai is an Adjunct faculty member in the Department of Information Science, Faculty of Management and the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie, and recently was a postdoctoral fellow with EIUI. Her research focuses on the role of scientific information—produced by fisheries management organizations— in policy- and decision-making for marine fisheries management. She holds an Interdisciplinary PhD and a Master in Marine Management (MMM) from Dalhousie University. Suzuette and a Master of Philosophy in Zoology and a BSc (Hons) from the University of the West Indies. She has extensive research and public sector experience with marine resource management in the Caribbean and Canada.
Department Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Information Science
Areas of interest: human information interaction, collaboration, digital governance, information governance, information policy, knowledge managementLearn more about Sandra Toze
Dr. Sandra Toze involves in examining the ways in which work is being transformed through innovative information and knowledge management practices, facilitated by technology, and increased collaboration. A core motivation of her work is to explore how key changes including social, mobile, analytics, cloud, and automation are affecting how we find, interact, and use information to solve problems and learn. Her research is centered on three related themes: 1) collaborative information and data processes of groups; 2) the shift to digital governance; and 3) user-specific, social, and mobile information interactions.
Dr. Toze was a collaborator in an SSHRC Partnership Development Grant - Transforming Government Work for the Digital Era, which co-hosted several events (two conferences, several forums, and conference panels) and produced a special issue of Canadian Public Administration. More recently, Dr. Toze was the Primary Investigator for a training needs analysis that assessed the current training needs for digital competencies across the Government of Canada and provided insights as to how the government can both develop digital competencies and adapt training and skills development capacities for a more modern and digital workplace. Key Recommendations included the need for broader and deeper digital literacy, to foster a more proactive training culture, to continually measure, and refine digital training, and to create differentiated training streams.
Currently, as part of the Environmental Information: Use and Influence (EIUI) team, Dr. Toze is part of the Canada First Research Excellence Fund 2023 grant – Transforming Climate Action, working on Cluster 3.2: Our Understanding of the Ocean-Climate Nexus, particularly regarding understanding challenges in ocean-related science-policy interfaces. This grant will allow her to extend her previous work on groups to examine collaboration within ocean science and policy communities.
Assistant Professor of Humanities, University of King’s College
Areas of interest: Historical and contemporary relations between science and public debate and government policy.
Ian Stewart is Associate Professor of Humanities at the University of King’s College and an Adjunct Professor of the Department of Classics, Dalhousie University. He has served as Director of the History of Science and Technology Programme at King’s and also teaches in the King’s Foundation Year Programme. With a BSc (Physics), MA and PhD (History of Science), Ian is broadly interested in the historical and contemporary relations between science and humanities within the university context and more generally in the sphere of public debate and government policy. He is active nationally and internationally in the field of early modern history of science and publishes particularly on the work and influence of Francis Bacon (1561-1626). With EIUI, he pursued a study of the role and character of scientific literature in the NS Hydraulic Fracturing Review process.
He currently co-leads a pan-Canadian, SSHRC-funded research project, NEDIA (Network of Expertise and Dialogue on Impact Assessment), in partnership with Impact Assessment Agency Canada (IAAC). Defining what an “impact” is and who determines that it is at the heart of Canada's goals for sustainable development. This issue is a central challenge to good science policy.
Associate Professor, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University
Program Director of Public Administration Programs, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University
Areas of interest: Intersection of institutional and public policy; policy development and implementation; public integrity; public accountability; human resources managementLearn More About Isabelle Caron
Isabelle Caron is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University and the Director of the Master of Public Administration programs. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on human resource management, employee motivation and retention, news ways of working, performance, integrity and accountability in the public sector. From 1999 to 2012, she worked at the Privy Council Office, the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada, Health Canada and Canadian Heritage as a senior policy analyst.
Dr. Caron is part of the Canada First Research Excellence Fund 2023 grant – Transforming Climate Action, working on Cluster 3.2: Our Understanding of the Ocean-Climate Nexus, particularly regarding understanding challenges in ocean-related science-policy interfaces. This grant will allow her to explore more deeply the policy-making process in the context of climate action.
Philippe Mongeon is an associate professor at the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University, director of the Quantitative Science Studies (QSS) Lab, and an associate member of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST).
Areas of Interest: scholarly communication, altmetrics, bibliometrics, and research evaluation.Learn more about Philippe Mongeon
Philippe Mongeon is an associate professor at the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University, director of the Quantitative Science Studies (QSS) Lab, and an associate member of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST). His research uses bibliometric and other quantitative methods to study the dynamics and practices of knowledge production, dissemination, and use, as well as scholarly publishing, research evaluation, and research governance.
Areas of interest: risk governance and critical infrastructure protection, focusing in particular on public sector responses to rare and high impact events, such as pandemics, natural disasters, industrial failures and cyber and terrorist attacks.
Kevin Quigley is the Scholarly Director of the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance at Dalhousie University. He is a public administration scholar who specializes in risk governance and critical infrastructure, focusing in particular on public sector responses to rare and high impact events, such as pandemics, natural disasters, industrial failures, and cyber and terrorist attacks.
Kevin has advised a wide range of public sector organizations and has contributed to many national and international research initiatives in support of risk research. He was previously a senior public servant in the Cabinet Office of the Government of Ontario.
He has a Master's degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a PhD from Queen's University (Belfast). He held an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Edinburgh and was a visiting scholar at the American Political Science Association's Centennial Center in Washington DC and in Sciences Po in Toulouse France.
Kevin has published two critically acclaimed books on critical infrastructure, including , Too Critical to Fail: How Canada Manages Threats to Critical Infrastructure (co-authored with Ben Bisset and Bryan Mills) which was shortlisted for the 2018 Donner Prize, awarded for the best public policy book by a Canadian.
Anatoliy Gruzd is a Canada Research Chair in Social Media Data Stewardship, Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Toronto Metropolitan University (Canada), and Director of the Social Media Lab.
Anatoliy Gruzd is a Canada Research Chair in Social Media Data Stewardship, Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, and Director of the Social Media Lab. He is also a Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists and a founding co-chair of the International Conference on Social Media and Society.
Anatoliy’s research initiatives explore how the advent of social media and the growing availability of user-generated big data are changing the ways in which people communicate, collaborate, and disseminate information and how these changes impact the social, economic, and political norms and structures of modern society. His expertise lays in developing and testing new analytics tools for discovering and visualizing social media data and online social networks. The broad aim of his various research initiatives is to provide decision makers with additional knowledge and insights into the behaviours and relationships of online network members, and to understand how these interpersonal connections influence our personal choices and actions.
Rémi Toupin is a FRQSC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Information Science at Dalhousie University.
Areas of interest: scholarly communication, altmetrics, social impact of research, research evaluation, science-policy interfaceLearn More About Rémi Toupin
Rémi Toupin is a FRQSC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Information Science at Dalhousie University. His research interests broadely cover the public attention to environmental research, whether it is by examining how research papers circulate in digital environments, or how they are used at the science-policy interface. His postdoctoral project aims to map research areas in marine conservation according the UN reports on the ocean, as well as assess how these research areas align across scholarly communities, news media, social media and policy-making. Rémi holds a BA and MSc in Anthropology (Université de Montréal) as well as PhD in Science, technoloy and society (UQAM).
Research Consultant, Data Management, ACENET
Areas of interest: research data management and social network analysis for integrated coastal and ocean management.Learn more about Lee Wilson
Lee joined EIUI in 2014 where he completed his thesis research that focused on understanding information pathways in complex networks, particularly in the context of natural resource management occurring in coastal and ocean regions. As a Research Consultant for data management with ACENET, Lee provides specialized training and consultation to help researchers at each stage of the Research Data Lifecycle: from the conceptualization of a project and initial data collection, to publicly sharing and preserving data for future use. Prior to taking on this role, Lee worked with the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) network’s Data Management Project, solving issues related to the storage, discovery, and accessibility of ocean data. Lee holds a BA (English) from Mount Allison University and a Master of Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University.
James RossLearn more about James Ross
James Ross is a part-time member of the EIUI research team. He began working with EIUI while completing a Master of Library and Information Studies degree at Dalhousie’s School of Information Management, pursuing a thesis that investigated the creation, promotion, awareness, and use of the State of the Scotian Shelf Report. Since completing his thesis, James has served as coordinator for the EIUI monograph project, Science, Information, and Policy Interface for Effective Coastal and Ocean Management. He is currently a lecturer for the Dalhousie Faculty of Engineering, and continues to contribute to EIUI as a writer, presenter, and editor.
Rachael is currently pursuing an Interdisciplinary PhD at Dalhousie University, supervised by Dr. Megan Bailey.Learn more about Rachael Cadman
Rachael is currently pursuing an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. at Dalhousie University, supervised by Dr. Megan Bailey. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of King's College and a Master of Resource and Environmental Management from Dalhousie. She currently works alongside the Torngat Plants, Wildlife, and Fisheries Secretariat and other partners to map out a vision of the future of fisheries in Nunatsiavut and create holistic fisheries governance solutions that are resilient against environmental and societal change. She enjoys the opportunity to do research in a space that is more iterative and collaborative than traditional research projects.
Ecology Action CentreLearn more about Simon Ryder-Burbidge
Originally from Toronto, Ontario, family expeditions to the sandbars and tidal pools of Price Edward Island instilled in Simon a love for the ocean and its inhabitants at a young age. Attending Wilfrid Laurier University and studying a semester abroad at Karlstad University in Sweden, Simon completed a degree in Environmental Studies in 2014, minoring in Global Studies, followed by a Master of Marine Management degree at Dalhousie University in 2018. Following employment across Canada as a commercial diver, tree planter, photographer and volunteer radio producer, Simon now works with the Ecology Action Centre, an environmental non-profit based in Halifax, focusing on the development of marine protected areas. Simon’s work with EIUI investigates the role of public perception and engagement in policy development and ocean governance.
Ruth Cordes holds a BSc (Hons. Physics) from Dalhousie University and an MSc in Physics (Oceanography) from the University of British ColumbiaLearn more about Ruth Cordes
Ruth Cordes holds a BSc (Hons. Physics) from Dalhousie University and an MSc in Physics (Oceanography) from the University of British Columbia. After working in data analysis and data management at the Dalhousie X-Ray Crystallography Centre, she returned to Dalhousie to obtain her MLIS degree, and became involved in the early phases of the EIUI research initiative. Based on her initial citation study of GESAMP publications, she won the New England Chapter of the American Society for Information Science & Technology Student Travel Award in 2002, and the Student to CAIS/ACSI 2003 Award (Canadian Society for Information Science). She shared the GreyNet Award 2004 (International Conference for Grey Literature) with Drs. MacDonald and Wells. Her work with the EIUI initiative continued in 2006 with a report on the publications of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. Currently, she works with grey literature as the Managing Editor of the Canadian Public Documents Collections in the Canadian Electronic Library.
Hali Moreland completed her Master of Marine Management graduate research project with EIUI. In that project, she examined how information is used in public consultation processes for marine conservation.Learn more about Hali Moreland
Hali Moreland completed her Master of Marine Management graduate research project with EIUI. In that project, she examined how information is used in public consultation processes for marine conservation. Along with Elizabeth De Santo and Bertrum MacDonald, Hali is preparing a paper for publication based largely on the results of this research. Prior to her studies at Dalhousie, Hali graduated from the Memorial University of Newfoundland with a degree in Marine Biology. She is currently working with Parks Canada and continues a long-standing love for everything ocean-related.
Communications and Projects Manager at the Ocean Frontier InstituteLearn more about Curtis Martin
Curtis Martin recently completed the Marine Affairs program at Dalhousie University, graduating with a Master of Marine Management degree in 2019. He graduated from the University of Victoria with a combined degree in Earth and Ocean Sciences and Biology, and an Ocean Sciences minor. Curtis now works with the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), helping out with communications and managing annual reporting for OFI's research projects.
Although holding a natural science background, Curtis is now more interested in the social science aspects of climate change and the ocean. Curtis' work with EIUI focuses on how social media is used to communicate science to diverse audiences online.