Department of Environmental Science



Full-time Faculty

Erin Cameron
Assistant Professor

Office: S 112/113


Dr. Cameron’s research examines effects of global change (climate change, invasive species, habitat loss) on species distributions, community composition, and ecosystem functioning. She is especially interested in earthworm invasions, aboveground-belowground interactions, and soil biodiversity. She uses a combination of field observations, experiments, citizen science, molecular approaches, data synthesis, and modelling to assess global change impacts across spatial and temporal scales.

Linda Campbell ‌‌
Director, School of the Environment Senior Research Fellow
Professor, Environmental Science
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Office: S 227

Dr. Campbell's research interests include how contaminants cycle in aquatic food webs in Canada and around the world. Dr. Campbell is also interested in using multi-disciplinary approaches to improve our understanding of anthropogenic and natural impacts in the environment, with focus on aquatic ecosystems.

Tony Charles
Professor, Environmental Science/Management Science

Office: SB 115
Phone: 902-420-5732

Dr. Charles' role at Saint Mary's is in both Management Science (School of Business) and Environmental Science (Faculty of Science). He is a committed interdisciplinary researcher, using a range of approaches to study coastal, marine, fishery topics, with a focus on how people interact with their environment and manage their natural resources. That includes looking at ocean uses like fishing, aquaculture, tourism, offshore oil and gas, and more. It also includes conservation approaches like protected areas, ecosystem-based management and community-based natural resource management. Dr. Charles is interested as well in methods for assessing and monitoring natural resource and environmental sustainability. He works in the Canadian Maritimes, and internationally with the United Nations and with colleagues in the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Japan and elsewhere.

Jason Clyburne

Professor, Environmental Science/Chemistry

Office: S 208
Phone: 902-420-5827
Jason Clyburn

Dr. Jason Clyburne holds a Canada Research Chair in Environmental Science and Materials at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  He obtained a B.Sc. (Honours) from Acadia University and a Ph.D. from Dalhousie University under the supervision of Professor Neil Burford. After a short post-doctoral project with Prof. Melbourne Schriver, he joined the research group of Prof. Alan Cowley (FRS) at the University of Texas at Austin, where he examined the coordination chemistry of main group elements. His research deals mostly with inorganic and organic materials as they apply to green chemistry, including catalysis, surface properties, and acid gas capture. He works closely with industry to solve problems associated with both waste and increased performance while maintaining a focus of the use of green chemical solutions.   
He is currently the co-chair of the chemistry evaluations group for NSERC. 

On sabbatical Leave: September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020

Cristian Suteanu‌‌
Chair, Environmental Science
Associate Professor
Geography and Environmental Studies‌/
Environmental Science


Office: B 106
Phone: 902-420-5731

Dr. Suteanu’s main interests concern information processes and the ways in which they link humans and the environment. On one hand, he focuses on the analysis and modeling of natural systems, with applications regarding mainly environmental variability and natural hazards; examples include space-time patterns related to seismicity and volcanism, structural aspects of geosystems from small to large scale, landslide dynamics, climate variability, and renewable energy. On the other hand, he studies epistemological aspects of our interactions with the environment and their implications for cultural processes.

Aldona Wiacek
Associate Professor, Environmental Science/Astronomy and Physics


Office: AT 308
Phone: 902-491-6481

Dr. Wiacek is interested in remote sensing of atmospheric trace gases and aerosols (solid or liquid suspended particles) involved in air pollution and climate. Her remote sensing research includes the development of both retrieval algorithms as well as ground- and satellite-based instrumentation. She is also interested in modeling the atmospheric transport of aerosols that affect ice clouds and climate.

On sabbatical leave: September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020

Part-time Faculty

Roxanne Richardson

Roxanne Richardson

Office: S 207
Phone: 902-496-8278

Roxanne Richardson’s interests include a broad range of environmental topics including human health and the environment and environmental education. She has taught in Environmental Science at Saint Mary’s for more than 15 years, and is a member of the Quality of Teaching Committee and a member of a Community of Practice focused on teaching. She is also involved in building connections between Environmental Science at Saint Mary’s and the community.

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David Foster
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David Foster is a recent graduate of the Master of Resource and Environmental Management program at Dalhousie University’s School for Resource and Environmental Studies. His past studies and current research focus on urban forest management, especially how data derived from field observations and remote sensing can jointly inform practice. Recent projects involve an assessment of HRM’s urban forest, work to improve the practice of urban forest management in HRM, and studying the relationship between tree location and the provision of benefits. He has also worked extensively in non-governmental organizations, working to improve how communities are consulted and involved in urban greening initiatives.



Dane George

Dane George is interested in building energy management and renewable energy and has both academic and industry experience. He obtained his BEng in Civil Engineering from Dalhousie University in 2009 and recently completed his MASc in Mechanical Engineering in 2016 where he developed new occupant driven energy consumption profiles for community-scale energy modelling. As a Professional Engineer, Dane is involved with commercial and residential building energy efficiency projects and has worked on various Efficiency Nova Scotia programs with Clean Nova Scotia and Thermal Wise Building Energy Consultants. He was a founding member of Dalhousie Universities ASHRAE student branch and since graduating has joined the Halifax ASHRAE Chapter executive as the student liaison. 


Cintia Gillam


Amanda Griffin

Office: S 207
Phone: 902-420-8278

Karen Harper

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Office: Science 303
Phone: 902-420-5643

Karen Harper is a plant biogeographer primarily interested in the spatial and temporal patterns  of plant communities. Her research interests have expanded from a focus on forest edges in the context of fragmentation and conservation to include patterns of structural diversity. Recent projects in her research group include the relationship between vegetation structure and Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora at lakeshore edges in Nova Scotia, structural diversity in ripairan zones in Belize and edge influence on structural and taxonomic diversity at forest edges in fragments of Atlantic Forest in Brazil.



Paul Knaga
Wildlife Biologist – Impact Assessment
Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada 

Paul Knaga is a spatial ecologist interested in the broad scale patterns of wildlife, including wildlife management, wildlife movement and corridor designs, habitat protection, species-at-risk, and mitigating impacts to wildlife. Paul has a particular interest in bats, amphibians, and reptiles. Paul’s major focus of work recently has been monitoring large at-risk mammals in Northern Alberta,  endangered bat hibernacula and maternity roost surveillance, sensitive bird monitoring and mitigation, and reptile habitat identification and telemetry studies. Paul’s work has taken him from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, and from the Northwest Territories to Brazil. Paul also has a particular interest in the use of GIS in wildlife studies, bioinformatics, and data management.

Office: S 207
Phone: 902-420-8278





Michael Land


Alexis Lefait


Alana Pindar


Adjunct Faculty 

Tony Bowron webTony Bowron

A co-founder, President and Coastal Wetland Ecologist with CB Wetlands & Environmental Specialists (CBWES Inc.),Tony Bowron has been working on coastal wetland restoration and monitoring projects in Nova Scotia since 1998. Research interests include the ecology of coastal wetlands, ecological restoration design & implementation, ecosystem response to restoration, and climate change adaptation (i.e. managed realignment, living shorelines).



Kevin Keys‌ 
Kevin Keys

Kevin Keys is a professional forester (RPF) and soil scientist (P.Ag.) with 25 years of experience working with forest ecosystems and soils throughout the Maritimes and across Canada. His interests and research focus on forest soil nutrition and site productivity, soil classification and interpretation, forest ecosystem classification, and hydric (wetland) soil assessment. 





Sonia Salas Bravo
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Dr. Salas is a Professor and Head Master of the Department of Psychology, Universidad de La Serena. In 2005 she was named as an associate researcher at CEAZA (Center for Advanced Studies on Arid Zones). She has supervised undergraduate and graduate student theses in subjects linked to social psychology, psychopathology and development. Since 1997 and continuing she has been acting as national director or co-researcher of several international projects dealing with sustainable development, vulnerability and social impact to climate change, training water management for rural communities, ecosystem services. Recent projects are related to linking science and policy on climate change and adaptation. Research interests include studies on community vulnerability and adaptation to climate change and water resources.



H. Peter White
Environmental Physicist, Research Scientist at the
Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation, Natural Resources Canada

With continued advances in optical remote sensing technologies, spectral detail directly related to the Earth’s environment is becoming more readily available and applied. By analyzing this wealth of information, remote sensing can move towards increased accuracy in characterizing the Earth’s surface, supporting initiatives in responsible natural resource exploration, in environmental monitoring, and in site remediation. Peter’s research activities works to advance capacity and develop new methods to extract information products supporting the monitoring and management of our natural resources and environment.


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Dean Emeritus

David Richardson 
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David Richardson, Dean Emeritus has a research interest in lichens and has published widely on these plants including two books, `The Vanishing Lichens` and `Pollution Monitoring with Lichens`(which is available from the Saint Mary`s University Bookstore. He is co-chair of the Lichens and Mosses subcommittee of COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada). He is also Editor In Chief of the International journal Symbiosis which is published by Springer and has nine issues per year. He is also past President and Associate Editor of the Proceedings of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science which has its 150th anniversary this year.

Office: S 210
Phone: 902-496-8174





Ashley Campbell

Ashley Campbell

ASL-English Staff Interpreter
Office: S219A
Phone: 902-496-8761
Web-site: Deaf Academics & Interpreters 




Caila Henderson
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ENVS Lab Technician/Animal Care
Office: S 141
Phone: 902-496-8260




‌Department Secretary

Jenny Harrison
Office: B 109
Phone: 902-420-5737