[Monday, March 2, 2020] RoboScientist: Whale Research in Collaboration with Machines

Date: Monday, March 2, 2020

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, Auditorium

Speaker: Dr. Andrew Wright
Director of Conservation
Marine Mammal Researcher Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Title: RoboScientist: Whale Research in Collaboration with Machines

Studying whales and dolphins has always been a challenge, as they spend most of their lives below the surface. Oceanic conditions can also make observations tricky. Technological developments open up new avenues of study. We can now deploy equipment into the ocean to eavesdrop on passing animals and attach tags to track their underwater movements. Drones and remotely operated underwater vehicles have given us previously unimaginable opportunities.

[Monday, Feb. 3] How do Women Compete for Mates?

Date: Monday, February 3, 2020

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, Auditorium

Speaker: Dr. Maryanne Fisher
Professor
Department of Psychology,
Saint Mary’s University

Title: How do Women Compete for Mates?

Women engage in numerous covert, indirect ways to advertise themselves to potential mates, and to win against same-sex mating rivals. Some tactics relate to self-promotion of personality, appearance, or sexuality, while others relate to strategies of derogating rivals, or manipulating rivals or potential mates. Interestingly, women’s same-sex competition appears to occur across cultural groups, and among a fairly wide age range. Demographic variables – current relationship status or interest – play only a minor role in competition.

[RESCHEDULED][Wednesday, January 15, 2020] Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics success for African Nova Scotian Learners: The Imhotep’s Legacy Academy model

Date: [CANCELLED]Wednesday, January 8, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, Auditorium


Speaker: Dr. Kevin Hewitt
Professor of Physics & Chair of Senate
Dalhousie University

Title: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics success for African Nova Scotian Learners: The Imhotep’s Legacy Academy model

Operating in half of Nova Scotia’s regional school boards, the Imhotep’s Legacy Academy (ILA) is an innovative university-community partnership that mobilizes university/college students, faculty and community leaders to help improve STEM success for Grades 6-12 students of African heritage in Nova Scotia.

Now in its 16th year, ILA provides an enriching blend of real-world learning projects, skill-building and leadership development activities as well as tutoring support. Come learn how it has contributed to an eight-fold increase in African Nova Scotian enrolment in engineering, and a tripling in science enrolment at Dalhousie University.

[Monday, December 2, 2019] Lichens in Nova Scotia: An overview of lichen diversity, conservation, & current research

Date: Monday, December 2, 2019

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, Auditorium


Speaker: Sean R. Haughian
Curator of Botany,
Nova Scotia Museum

Title: Lichens in Nova Scotia: An overview of lichen diversity, conservation, & current research

Lichens have received increasing attention in recent years. The casual observer might wonder why lichens, of all things, seem to warrant so much attention

In this presentation, Dr. Haughian will provide a basic overview of lichen biology, ecology, and conservation. Reviewing past and current lichen research in the province, he will share specific results from his own research on the impacts of clearcut edges in forested wetlands

Join us to hear advice from Dr. Haughian on how amateur naturalists can collect useful data on lichen biodiversity in Nova Scotia.

[Monday, November 4] Ethnobiology of Northeastern Turtle Island Food, Medicine, & Material Security

Date: Monday, November 4th

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History


Speaker: Jonathan Ferrier
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology, Dalhousie University

Title: Ethnobiology of Northeastern Turtle Island Food, Medicine, & Material Security

Food, Medicine, and material culture is related. Securing access requires a respect for the natural laws of the environment.

With examples from the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Mi’kmaq First Nation, and global indigenous nations we can observe how indigenous peoples are natural leaders for achieving ecological balance. Indigenous spirituality and ecological ways of knowing contain solutions for climate change and local food, medicine, and material security.

With ethnobiology we awaken native linguistic knowledge and traditions in medicine, food and design laid dormant by colonization. Native languages carefully describe our holistic roles on the land while acknowledging all our relations – water, plants medicines, fish, flyers, crawlers and their importance to all.

[Monday, October 7, 2019] Dr. John M. Kennedy – Drawings of the Blind and Sighted

John M. Kennedy

Date: Monday, October 7

Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History

Speaker:Dr. John M. Kennedy
Professor of Psychology, University of Toronto

Title: Drawings of the Blind and Sighted

In drawings over 50,000 years old, outlines stand for the borders of surfaces, the basis for perceiving the world. For centuries, we thought that pictures are only for the sighted. We have now discovered that  blind people can draw. They too use line for the borders of surfaces. Their drawings show objects and scenes. They show dogs from the side, insects from above and people from in front. Often they are not literal, showing movement, the chimes of bells, wandering thoughts and good and evil.
 
This presentation is part of the 2019 Big Draw Festival and cosponsored by the NSIS, Nova Scotia Museum, Dalhousie University and the NSCAD Drawing Lab.




Monday, 6 May – Ecosystem Research in the Bras d’Or Lakes

Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Great Hall of Dalhousie University Club – 6259 Alumni crescent, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Speaker: Dr. Bruce Hatcher
Director, Bras d’Or Institute, Chair in Marine Ecosystem Research, Cape Breton University

The application of ecosystem understandings to the aquatic realm is challenged by the opacity and fluidity of marine environments. Ecological tools en-abled improvements in marine ecosystems, while research has improved the capacity to characterize the degree of ecological integrity and dynamics of physical-chemical-biological interactions. Dr. Hatcher summarizes these advances and draws on first-hand experiences in the Bras d’Or biosphere to consider marine ecosystem outcomes for better management of human behaviour in the oceans during the anthropogenic climate change.

[Rescheduled – TBA] Monday, 1 April – Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources: Science & 2-Eyed Seeing to Address Aquatic Issues in Cape Breton

Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History

Speaker: Shelley Denny
Director, Aquatic Research & Stewardship, Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources

Title: Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources: Science & 2-Eyed Seeing to Address Aquatic Issues in Cape Breton
From enhancing the Bras d’Or Lakes with artificial lobster habitat to developing a management plan for Mi’kmaq traditional use of lobster, and using traditional Mi’kmaq knowledge and scientific approaches in studying eels, Shelley Denny supports UINR in the use of science and two-eyed seeing to address marine and aquatic issues in the Bras d’Or Lakes. Her current work focuses on the integration of western and traditional knowledge systems to take a holistic approach to management of this important ecosystem.

[Rescheduled] Monday, 18 March – Ross Firth – 100 Wild Islands on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia

Due to weather conditions Monday’s lecture is canceled

Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History

Speaker: Ross Firth
Director of Conservation, Nova Scotia Nature Trust

Title: 100 Wild Islands on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia
Off Nova Scotia’s Atlantic shores lies a hidden treasure – a remote and wild group of coastal islands and headlands encompassing 7,000+ acres of diverse and ecologically rich coastal habitats. The islands support an interconnected mosaic of every coastal habitat found in Nova Scotia, and their boreal rainforests, wetlands, bogs and barrens have gone largely undisturbed by humans for 10,000+ years, providing refuge for a rich diversity of wildlife. Join Nature Trust to learn about this contribution to Nova Scotia’s protected areas network.

Monday, 4 February [Canceled]

Time: Canceled
Location: Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History

Speaker: Zoe Lucas
President, Sable Island Institute

Title: Sable Island: A Monitoring Platform for Marine Pollutants
Sable Island’s unique location provides the opportunity to study trends in marine pollutants, particularly oil and plastics. The beached/oiled seabird survey program is now in its 26th year. A recent study of beached bird corpses found that >90% of fulmars had ingested plastics. With ever-increasing concern about plastics in the ocean, monitoring data from the island advances our understanding of the sources and impacts of these global pollutants. Past and future work will be reviewed.