Environmental Sustainability: Research and Action

Environmental Sustainability: Research and Action | 4:00 pm – 5:30pm | Location CS 101
Speakers: Stephanie MacQuarrie, Pat Maher, Annamarie Hatcher, Tracey Harris, Terry Gibbs, Brady Doucette

Chair: Geoff Carre 

A list of titles will be made available shortly.

This event is part of Research Month 2019. Visit our website for a full list of events.

  • Pat Maher: Arctic tourism in times of change: Examining seasonality, urban gateways and overtourism in Nordic countries and Canada
  • Annamarie Hatcher: The Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere and a citizen science project called ‘Bras d’Or Watch
  • Stephanie MacQuarrie: A solution to a “crabby” situation” – high value chemicals and applications from a waste stream being shipped off our island and landfilled
  • Brady Doucette: Moose conundrums in the Highlands
  • Tracey Harris & Terry Gibbs: Building Resilient Communities: Tiny Houses and Sustainable Living in Action

 

Arctic tourism in times of change: Examining seasonality, urban gateways and over-tourism in Nordic countries and Canada
Presenter: Pat Maher
In order to address the challenges related to sustainable and constructive development of tourism in the Arctic region, this research brings together academia, industry, and educational activities that relate to issues of: 1) seasonality of Arctic tourism, 2) urban tourism in the Arctic and 3) overtourism in the Arctic. Each of these issues, in different ways, are pivotal to the development of sustainable Arctic societies, in which tourism development, based on regional resources, is balanced with the development of inclusive and democratic places for Arctic peoples.

 

The Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere and a Citizen Science Project Called Bras d’Or Watch
Presenter: Annamarie Hatcher (Director, Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association)
The Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere is a 3,566 km2 region of forest, freshwater and marine ecosystems in the centre of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. The evolving Bras d’Or Watch program, started in 2015, is at the nexus of citizen science and public education. The Bras d’Or Watch has a diversity of drivers and of anticipated outcomes. In the further development of the program, the goal is to blend ecosystem monitoring and observation based on connection to ‘place’ to develop an ecosystem-level synopsis (looking inward) which can be used to gauge response to aspects of global climate change (looking outward). Bras d’Or Watch is all about co-developing the tools to allow us to see and hear what Mother Earth is showing and telling us. This talk will concentrate on a retrospective look at the first five years of Bras d’Or Watch.

 

“A solution to a “crabby” situation” – high value chemicals and applications from a waste stream being shipped off our island and landfilled.
Presenter: Stephanie MacQuarrie
In collaboration with Louisbourg Seafoods the MacQuarrie group is working towards finding high value solutions to the abundance of crab waste that must be landfilled each year.  We will present the full characterization of the crab waste and conversion to interesting stable products that have applications ranging from remediation to construction.

 

“Wolves: Friends or Foe? A Solution to the Hyper Abundance of Moose in Cape Breton Highlands National Park”
Presenter: Brady Doucette
With the reintroduction of Moose in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park their population has grown to a point where it is approximately four times as dense as the area can successfully support with a significant loss of the Park’s boreal forest. Reintroduced wolves could assist in population control for moose and have positive effects on watershed health by allowing for regeneration of riparian forests. The economically significant salmon fishery would benefit but local fears about the reintroduction of a predatory species have to be considered.

 

Building Resilient Communities: Tiny Houses and Sustainable Living in Action.
Presenters: Tracey Harris and Terry Gibbs
This presentation gives grassroots examples that challenge structural inequalities, champion community in its broadest sense, while building ecological resilience.