Research Students & Staff

Diana Castillo


Diana Castillo is completing her Master of Library and Information Studies degree at the Dalhousie’s School of Information Management. She completed her BA in Government and Latin American Studies at Smith College down in the United States before moving to Washington, DC to work in a non-profit advocacy focused on evidence-based policies. It was there she witnessed first-hand how important managing information and communicating it is in policy-making, which was a deciding factor in choosing to enroll at Dalhousie. She is working with the EIUI team to complete her thesis in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

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Rachael Cadman


Rachael is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) at Dalhousie University. She completed a Bachelor of Arts from the University of King’s College with combined honours in Contemporary Studies and Classics in 2013.

Rachael is passionate about marine conservation, and particularly how policy is designed and implemented on a local or community level. She is particularly interested in the ways that scientific inquiry and human use influences conservation policy. She wishes to explore methods of engagement and outreach between scientists, communities, and decision makers to improve policy-making. She hopes to someday use her work experience and education to engage her community and promote better stewardship of the natural world.

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Kalene Eck


Kalene is a Master of Marine Management Candidate at Dalhousie University and is the 2016 recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Program. As a born Belizean with a love for the ocean and the natural world, she attained an Associate’s degree from St. John’s Junior  College and a Bachelor’s degree from Galen University, both in Environmental Science. She joined the Belize Fisheries Department as an Assistant Fisheries Officer in October 2013. Since then, she has gained extensive knowledge on data and fisheries management. During her studies and professional career, she has worked closely with the fisher folk of Belize and local stakeholders in assessing the major fisheries of the Spiny Lobster and the Queen Conch. From this experience, she has taken an interest in law, the science-policy interface and, information use within fisheries management. Her work with EIUI stems from these interests and collaborative approaches currently used in ocean and coastal management.

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Simon Ryder-Burbidge


Originally from Toronto, Ontario, family expeditions to the sandbars and tidal pools of Prince 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. Upon graduation, Simon earned a Divemaster certification with the Utila Dive Center in Utila, Honduras, followed by an Occupational SCUBA certification in Campbell River, British Columbia. As a contract commercial diver, Simon worked primarily with the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary in Christina Lake, BC, volunteering also with the Christina Lake Stewardship Society.

Simon now studies as a graduate student with the Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University. Interested primarily in public engagement and connecting people to marine environments, Simon’s work with EIUI investigates the role of public perception and engagement in policy development and ocean governance.

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James Ross


James Ross is a Master of Library and Information Studies candidate at the School of Information Management. Following a BA and MA in English at Dalhousie University, he stitched together a living with a mix odd jobs in the academic and health care sectors. After witnessing first-hand the challenges our health care system faces in dealing with the efficient transfer of patients’ health information, he decided to pursue a career in information management. This roundabout path has led him to the EIUI team where he is completing a thesis on the use of state of the environment reports in collaboration with EIUI’s research partner, the Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

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Sarah Chamberlain


Sarah Chamberlain is a Master of Marine Management Candidate at Dalhousie University. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, she received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph in Marine and Freshwater Biology. She also worked as a Fisheries Observer for the Pacific Trawl Fishing Fleet, helped to develop an interactive education program for an aquarium, and was as a student research technician for the Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Sarah’s prior work in aquatic and marine fields illustrated the need for individuals with a scientific background to bridge the gap to policy development in Canada. Working with the EIUI research team, she hopes to gain skills and insights into how to better incorporate the large volume of information about the marine environment into effective public policy in Canada.

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