Past Participants

Melissa E. Cano

Melissa Cano ProfileMelissa is a recent graduate of the Master of Marine Management program.

Born and raised in Panama, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Panama with a Bachelor’s in Biology. Her interest has always been the marine environment and the future of this fragile ecosystem. In addition to focusing on the Marine Affairs Program in fisheries management and marine transportation, Melissa worked in this research team to gain better understanding of the uses and influences of the marine information and be able to apply this knowledge to the progress of her country.

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Colleen Delany

Colleen Delany is a graduate of the joint Master of Public Administration and Master of Library and Information Studies program at Dalhousie University. Colleen became interested in the EIUI project because of her work experience in both information and municipal settings and because of her desire to learn more about how information can impact policy and behaviour. While new to the study of environmental information, Colleen enjoys diving into new fields, having previously studied recreation, financial management, and commerce. In her spare time, Colleen is an avid reader and knitter.

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Douglas Seaman

A graduate of the Master of Library and Information Studies program, Douglas also holds a Master’s in English Literature from the University of Ottawa and a Certificate in Human Resource Management from Saint Mary’s University. An avid recreational boater and angler, Douglas was drawn to the EI:UI team’s research because of its potential to improve the health of the waters and ecosystems that are so important to him. From an academic perspective, Douglas joined the EIUI team because he is interested in learning about the most effective strategies for communicating findings of empirically-based environmental studies to policy-makers, and the extent to which these findings are impacting sustainability efforts. Some of Douglas’ other hobbies include playing squash, golfing, and recording music.


Danielle Cossarini

Danielle Cossarini is a graduate of the Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) student at Dalhousie University. As a student, Danielle was drawn to the work of the EIUI research team because of her interest in both the dissemination and use of environmental information, as well as policy development and the decision-making process. In conjunction with other members of the research team, Danielle was primarily focused on the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment (GOMC) case study. Originally from British Columbia, Danielle really liked living in Halifax and in her spare time enjoyed exploring the Maritimes, reading books, playing field hockey, and listening to music.

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Gregory Hutton

Gregory Hutton is a graduate of the Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) at Dalhousie University. Greg’s thesis evolved out of his involvement with the EIUI research team of which he has been a member since early 2008. The thesis project itself used GESAMP as a case study and showed that a comprehensive metric measuring the use and influence of the group’s marine environmental grey literature using citation analysis must take into account citation data from various sources.The sources examined in the study included Web of Science, Google Scholar, Google, and monographs, and each provided unique insight into the use and influence of GESAMP’s publications. When not studying grey literature, Greg enjoys record shopping, listening to and making music, and some may say is a little too invested in cheering for the Calgary Flames.

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Julie Woods

Julie Woods is a graduate of the Master of Library and Information Studies program at Dalhousie University. In her second year, Julie was a student member of the EIUI team and her research efforts were focused on exploring the impact of Environment Canada’s scientific information. With an Honours Bachelor Degree in History and Sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University, Julie was new to the area of environmental information but brought a fresh research and information management perspective to the project. Outside of her studies, Julie enjoyed spending time outdoors (weather permitting), reading, and creating spontaneous craft/art projects.

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Andrew Roy

Andrew RoyAndrew Roy is currently a Master of Library and Information Studies and Juris Doctor candidate at Dalhousie University. He previously completed a B.A. in English at the University of Alberta. He is currently exploring the impact of the digital age on the position of governments in environmental public policy. Andrew has joined the Environmental Information and Influence team to investigate the changing pathways in environmental regulation and the resulting impacts on the legal profession. In working with this inter-disciplinary group, he wishes to acquire the tools to properly foster and encourage coordination, cooperation, and communication among various communities.

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Vanja Avdic

V.Avdic profile picVanja is currently enrolled in the Master of Resource and Environmental Management program. Previous to this, she completed a B.Sc and M.Sc in Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa. The decision to pursue studies at Dalhousie stemmed from her long-standing interest in ecology, sustainability, and the role of science in developing environmental policy and strategies. She hopes that by working with the Environmental Information and Influence team she will gain a better understanding of the science-policy gap and help to develop strategies to bridge the gap.

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François Bregha


François Bregha is currently a candidate for the Masters of Environmental Studies in the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie. Since completing his B. Sc. in Zoology and Political Science at the University of Guelph, François has worked for Parks Ontario and the Canadian Museum of Nature’s malacology lab. This background prompted a desire to understand the link between management and ecosystems using molluscs as a prime indicator. His masters thesis focuses on the impacts of ocean acidification on Nova Scotia’s shellfish based industries. This includes understanding the translation of information from the scholarly literature into an adaptive management strategy that will mitigate the impacts of ocean acidification.

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Mike Reid

Mike ReidMike Reid is a recent graduate of the Master of Marine Management program at Dalhousie University, and is currently serving as the Coordinator for the Coastal Research Network. Since graduating with a B.A. in History from Dalhousie in 2004, Mike has spent the last 8 years developing his skills as a manager and planner through work at a variety of not for profit and ecologically minded businesses. Mike’s most recent work has seen him honing his skills using geographic information systems (GIS) technology to aid in developing climate change vulnerability assessments. Aside from this GIS work, Mike has been in involved in a variety of policy analysis initiatives on both the local and international scale. He has published on the subject of the recent changes in federal fisheries policy, as well as worked with the Municipality of the District of Chester in order to help review a series of municipal policies as they relate to climate change. Mike was awarded both the Marine Affairs Millennium Prize in Marine Management, as well as the Master of Marine Management Gold award for his work in 2012, and continues to find new ways to incorporate GIS into modern coastal and marine management plans.

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Shelby McLean


Shelby McLean is completing her Master of Marine Management degree in the Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University. Prior to entering her current degree program, Shelby graduated with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biology from Dalhousie in 2013. During her undergraduate studies she volunteered in a lab that specialized in coastal food web ecology. Working with a multitude of different coastal ecosystems ignited her passion for coastal ecology, ultimately leading to her Honours degree research, which focused on the temperature tolerance of different Nova Scotian salt marsh meiofauna (in particular, three different species of temperate Foraminifera).  Growing up on the coast of Prince Edward Island she was fascinated by marine life from an early age influencing her decision to complete a Biology degree and continue on to pursue a Master’s degree in Marine Management. Currently, Shelby is interested in researching climate change, especially, coastal hazards, such as sea-level rise and erosion. Through working as a Graduate Research Assistant with the EIUI, she hopes to gain insight on how information, in particular coastal atlases, can play a role in climate change policy and decision-making.

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