Isa is an alumni member of the Community Engaged Co-Lab and was a visiting scholar hosted by Prof Melanie Zurba at the School for Resources and Environmental Studies (SRES) at Dalhousie University, Halifax. 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 worked 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 include 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.
Mike is an interdisciplinary conservation social scientist and aspiring ‘boundary spanner’. His broad research interests center on understanding the roles of unseen, misrepresented, and marginalized cultures in conservation across diverse ecosystems and regions. ”. He received his PhD from the Applied Biodiversity Science Program and the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University. Although he attended university in Texas, he is originally from the east coast of the United States. He also lived in 7 states so far, including over a decade in the desert southwest. For his dissertation work, he focused on campesino hunting culture and local and traditional ecological knowledge in Nicaragua. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the Zurba lab working on knowledge co-production processes and frameworks for the Sustainable Nunatsiavut Futures Project. On his off time, Mike regularly explores state and national parks, spends time with his family, and romps around with his dog.
Reddi Sekhara Yalamala
Reddi is a social anthropologist with research interests in Indigenous knowledge, community forestry, the climate change and energy transition. He completed a Mitacs Post-Doctoral Fellowship and his Mitacs project explored the growth of renewable energy partnerships and co-management among indigenous communities in Canada. He likes to travel new places, swimming, trekking and growing community gardens in the Atlantic bubble.
In the past, he was a Mitacs Global Intern and completed an internship on Global Governance in public health in India. He holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology and published on caste, social inequality, and Global Public Health while completing his doctoral programme. He has also worked on a range of international research projects which intersect with focus on reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, the Science, Technology Studies (STS) and subaltern studies. Under the supervision of Dr. Melanie Zurba, Reddi’s work focused on the role of ESG (Economic, Social and Governance) factors in energy transition and the development of renewable energy partnerships with Indigenous communities.
Ashley completed her Masters of Environmental Studies with the Community Engaged Co-Lab. Previously, she did her B.A at the University of Guelph in International Development, with an independent project partnered with a land based agrarian movement in Brazil. She is interested in questions around sovereignty and equity through a land-based lens. As a member of the “First Nation-University Partnership for Capacity Enhancement in Forest Land Governance” project team, Ashley worked under the supervision of Dr. Melanie Zurba and Dr. Ryan Bullock in partnership with Eagle Lake First Nation to explore how the community can increase their capacity for forest governance rooted in their own capacities and definition of sovereignty
Carly completed her Masters of Environmental Studies with the Community-Engaged Co-Lab. She completed her undergraduate degree in environmental science at Lakehead University, focusing on hydrogeology. Carly worked on her thesis under the supervision of Dr. Melanie Zurba and Dr. Ryan Bullock, working with Sakaw Askiy Management in northern Saskatchewan and the stakeholders of the Prince Albert Forest Management Area as they begin to incorporate community-informed and supported wildfire risk reduction strategies into their forest harvesting plans. Carly researched the social learning aspects that are involved in the development of these strategies. Carly has a background in forestry and wildfire and hopes to pursue a career in this area.
Anastasia pursued a Master of Environmental Studies through the Community-Engaged Co-Lab. Her project was conducted in partnership with the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq and the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources and centered around efforts to advance Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) in Nova Scotia. Anastasia completed a Bachelor’s of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo where she specialized in environmental assessment, restoration/conservation ecology, and environmental governance. Anastasia also worked as a Research Assistant under Dr. Melanie Zurba working on projects focused on environmental governance in different contexts. Anastasia is particularly interested in ways that conservation practice and approaches can contribute to addressing environmental and social justice issues. Anastasia is a first-generation Canadian with Greek heritage and was born and raised in Treaty 3 territory in a city called Waterloo. Whenever she can, Anastasia seeks out opportunities to explore new (and old) hiking spot, to cook, eat and share foods from different places, and listen to podcasts.
Abena pursued her Master’s degree in Environmental Studies with the Community Engaged Co-Lab. She has a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Management from York University, Toronto. Abena is interested in the role of gender in environmental and natural resource management in rural communities in developing countries. Under the supervision of Dr. Melanie Zurba, Abena’s research focused on the localization of international gender policy to assist women farmers to achieve food security in West and East Africa. While pursuing her Masters, Abena interned at the Climate Change Directorate at Forestry Commission, Ghana. She participated and prepared a report on a REDD+ Safeguard Training Workshop at Juabeso-Bia, in Ghana.
Lily completed her Master of Environmental Studies with the Community Engaged Co-Lab. She is a graduate of B.Sc in Environmental Science with a minor in History of Science and Technology from the University of King’s College, as well as a graduate of certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS) from Dalhousie University. In her undergraduate, she worked with public health officials, and GIS professionals in Nova Scotia to create a web application that maps a score out of 100 of access to physical activity infrastructure by address across Nova Scotia called the ActivScore. Lily has numerous research interests but is most enthusiastic about creating tools to help communities take action for a better future. Lily was a member of the team working on the question of “Can art and science work together to build rituals and vocabularies for dealing with climate grief?” under the supervision of Dr. Melanie Zurba, and she explored how youth representation in politics and decision making around climate change influences levels of climate grief in young people.
Bryanne completed a Masters of Environmental Studies with the Community Engaged Co-Lab. Originally from Manitoba, she completed her B.A. Hon in Environmental Studies and B.A in Sociology at the University of Winnipeg, where she worked with a local community organization to assist in developing an urban greenhouse for their community. Her research interests revolve around localized forms of sustainable food production and distribution, food security, and food sovereignty. Photo Credits: Naniece Ibrahim
Sara is a member of the Community Engaged Co-Lab and completed her Masters of Resource and Environmental Management here. She has a B.Sc. in Zoology with a minor in Studio Art and a minor in Hispanic Studies from the University of Guelph. Her master’s project, supervised by Dr. Melanie Zurba, focused on developing a multi-disciplinary typology of rituals and vocabularies for expressing and processing grief associated with climate change in Canada. She has worked in student community engagement and aspires to work alongside Indigenous and local communities to develop climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies.
Claire (she/her) brought her background in international relations, conservation, and environmental justice to Dalhousie’s master’s program in Resource and Environmental Management (MREM). While having grown up in France, Mali, and Switzerland, Claire is now based in the United States, and has had the privilege of working on issues of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion at the Ohio Environmental Council. She holds a B.A in International Relations and Modern Languages from the University of Essex in the UK and is an alumni member of the Community Engaged Co-Lab. Claire is interested in applying conservation and environmental management through a good governance and environmental justice lens; and in her personal time is an avid hiker and amateur birder.
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.
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.