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.

Lecture – Monday, 7 January – MicroResearch in the NS Context: How Approaches Used Successfully in East Africa may Address Health Issues in NS

Monday, 7 January

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

Speaker: Dr. Noni MacDonald
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University

Title: MicroResearch in the NS Context: How Approaches Used Successfully in East Africa may Address Health Issues in NS
A micro research program in Africa (www.microresearch.ca) is now being rolled out across Nova Scotia, working with teams of interdisciplinary health professionals and community members to fnd solutions for health problems that ft the context, culture and resources.

NSIS Lecture Poster January 2019

2018-2019

The Nova Scotian Institute of Science proudly presents the first lecture of the 2018-2019 Public Lecture season on:

Monday, 1 October

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

Speaker: Jeff Hutchings
Professor and Killam Chair in Fish, Fisheries and Oceans, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University

Title: Distinction between Advice and Advocacy in Science

Scientists are frequently called upon to impart knowledge within their expertise. This knowledge is increasingly communicated as advice or advocacy. Ideally, advice is impartial and independent from vested interests. Advice reflects peer-reviewed scientific consensus and uncertainty, contributing to objective evaluations of policy or decision-making options. Advocacy reflects personal values and interests. Advocates selectively frame information with the intent of favouring one policy or decision-making outcome over another. Do decision-makers and society benefit equally from science advice and science-based advocacy?

NSIS Annual General Meeting, Dinner, and Public Lecture – 7 May 2018

You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting, Dinner, and Public Lecture of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science on Monday, 7th May 2018 at the University Club, Dalhousie University, 6259 Alumni Crescent, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Schedule of Events
5:00pm 157th Annual General Meeting of the NSIS
6:00pm Dinner
7:30pm After-dinner public lecture by Anna Redden, Acadia University
“Tidal Energy and Marine Life: Pro-testing not Protesting”

If you are attending the dinner, please complete and mail the NSIS dinner form 2018 and your cheque, made out to the NS Institute of Science to:

Treasurer, Nova Scotian Institute of Science
c/o Reference and Research Services, Killam Memorial Library,
6225 University Avenue, PO Box 15000,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2

The deadline for the receipt of payment for the dinner is Friday 20th April 2018, as the venue requires adequate notice to prepare for this event.

NSIS Public Lectures: 2017-2018

NSIS is pleased to provide you with information on its 2017-2018 Lecture Series that provides details about the organization and this year’s lecture series. A flyer is also available and it summaries the 2017-2018 lecture series. This lecture series is one of the Institute’s primary means of highlighting the great work of scientists across the province. The lectures will be held at the Museum of Natural History on the first Monday of each month and starting in October. Please note that the November lecture will be held on Nov 14th at the Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie University in Truro, and the May 1st lecture will be held at the Great Hall of the University Club on the Dalhousie Halifax Campus.

NSIS Membership

NSIS invites anyone interested in science to become a member of the Institute. The benefits of joining the institute are described on our Membership Page. For further information, please contact us at the Institute’s email address: nsis@chebucto.ns.ca.

If you wish to join, please fill out and print the membership form, then mail it together with a cheque [Regular member $30, Student member $10, or $300 for a life membership] to:

Attention: Treasurer, Nova Scotian Institute of Science
c/o Reference and Research Services
Killam Memorial Library,
6225 University Avenue, PO Box 15000,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 4R2

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Reminder to current members: Members are important to the NSIS and dues payments are essential for the Institute’s existence!

NSIS co-hosts a talk by the 2017 recipient of the A.G. Huntsman Medal for Excellence in Marine Sciences

The Nova Scotian Institute of Science is pleased to be co-hosting the lecture by Dalhousie Professor Jeffrey Hutchings, the 2017 recipient of the A.G. Huntsman Medal for Excellence in Marine Sciences. The NSIS is co-hosting this lecture with the Ocean Frontier Institute.The event will be held on Wednesday, 29 November 2017.at the Scotiabank Auditorium, Marion McCain Arts & Social Sciences Building at Dalhousie University beginning at 7 pm. This is a free event, open to the general public. A reception will follow at approximately 8 pm and light refreshments will be served.

Recovering Canada’s Marine Fish and Fisheries: the Roles of Science, Policy and Societal Will

Abstract: The collapse of Canadian Atlantic cod in 1992 spawned global research of the factors that affect marine fish recovery. Foremost was the need to stop overfishing. While some fish populations responded positively and quickly to reduced fishing, others did not. We now know that recovery depends on other factors, such as the magnitude of population reduction. The greater the depletion, the more likely a population will pass a ‘tipping-point’, making it more difficult for recovery to occur; small populations are less able to deal with unpredictable environments than large populations. Not all species have the same intrinsic ability to bounce back; the slower a fish’s pace of life, the slower and more uncertain the recovery. And the longer a population remains depleted, the greater the chance that the ecosystem will change in ways that are unfavourable for recovery. Compared to other developed countries, Canada’s recovery initiatives have been remarkably slow to develop and meaningfully implement. Recovering fish and fisheries is fundamental to strengthening the ability of Canada’s ocean ecosystems to adapt to future challenges posed by human activity.