Isa was a member of the Community Engaged Co-Lab and a visiting scholar being hosted by Prof Melanie Zurba at the School for Resources and Environmental Studies (SRES) at Dalhousie University, Halifax. He is presently at the last stage of a doctorate degree at the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany. His research investigated the impact of Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) and certifications on industrial marine shrimp fisheries using sustainability and holistic approaches to analyze the fish stock and the community involved in the fisheries. Due to his interdisciplinary background in fisheries, environmental studies, socio-ecological systems and certifications coupled with an interest in participatory and collaborative research with Indigenous communities. He works in partnership with the Mi’kmaw Conservation Group (MCG) on policy research focused on supporting Mi’kmaw leadership in the development of Indigenous certification for the American lobster commercial fishery of Nova Scotia. The project was supported by Ocean Frontier Institute, Robin Rigby Trust, MCG and Dalhousie University. He has also committed to knowledge dissemination in Africa as a diaspora expert under the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM), which is a joint initiative of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the German Federal Employment Agency. Several awards, grants have been awarded to his credits. Isa has participated, contributed and volunteered in several international capacities and collaborative initiatives in many of the SGDs goals across the globe. His interest includes environmental sciences; Indigenous studies; qualitative and quantitative research methods; social and ecological systems; blue economy; sustainability certifications; fisheries and food security; bioeconomy; climate change impact; data analysis and management.
Sophie Boardman (she/her)
Sophie Boardman completed her Combined Honours Degree in Environment, Sustainability, Society (ESS) and Environmental Science at Dalhousie University graduating in May of 2020. Dr. Melanie Zurba supervised her Honours Thesis which explored the Indigenous Circle of Experts (ICE) governance outcomes of social learning through their work with Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs). Sophie is currently back home in Maine serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with HealthReach in Waterville, Maine (Traditional Abenaki and Penobscot lands). She has been developing outreach materials and will be supporting a variety of health equity initiatives. After her year serving with AmeriCorps, Sophie hopes to pursue further schooling exploring conservation, reconciliation, and resource management. In her free time, Sophie loves to spend time outdoors or creating education content for her Instagram.
Mary is a graduate of Dalhousie University where she completed a Bachelor of Management, Major in Environment Sustainability. Mary completed her Honour’s Thesis under Dr. Melanie Zurba’s supervision, she partnered with The University of Winnipeg’s Access Education Department to deliver a review of its programs. Mary is currently working in Whitehorse, Yukon with the Northern Council for Global Cooperation where she is developing a map of the Northern organizations implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Megan Fuller completed her Masters in Resource and Environmental Management at Dalhousie University in 2020. Her work focused on facilitating the development of community-led water safety plans to support the Atlantic First Nations Water Authority (AFNWA). Water safety planning is a risk mitigation management strategy that relies on local knowledge and context to ensure safe drinking water for communities.
Madeleine holds a Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) at Dalhousie University completed December 2020. Prior to this, she completed a BA at the University of Guelph in International Development, with an area of emphasis in human environment and development. She has experience with sustainable agri-food research, community focused food security projects, and energy efficiency policy research and advocacy. In her independent MREM project, Madeline conducted a media analysis of how energy poverty is discussed in Canadian news media and looked at how this shapes public opinion and discourse about the issue.