Membership Directory 2019-02-12T11:38:53+00:00

Dr. Susan Gass

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Environment Committee Representative Dalhousie UniversityEnvironmental Science Website: Faculty Page

Research Interests

Biology, ecology and conservation of cold-water corals:
• Impacts from fishing and offshore oil and gas on coral ecosystems
• Using corals as tracers of marine pollution
• Conservation planning for cold-water corals

Biodiversity conservation:
• Biodiversity on campus and in urban environments
• Biodiversity in the public domain

Dr. Andrew Grant

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Chemistry Committee Representative Mount Allison UniversityChemistry Website: Faculty Webpage

Research Interests:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Bio-organic Chemistry
  • Mechanism-of-action of biotin
  • Green organic synthesis
  • Synthesis of superconducting organic polymers

Dr. Shannan Grant

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Nutrition and Foods Committee Representative Mount Saint Vincent UniversityApplied Human Nutrition Website: Faculty Webpage

Research Interests:

  • Assessment of nutrition education/ intervention from both the perspective of the patient/ client and the health care professional.
  • Developing and implementing dietary interventions using knowledge translation strategies, classical behaviour change theories and core education principals.


Dr. David Gray

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Institutional Representative Dalhousie University, Agriculture CampusDean of Agriculture Website: Faculty Webpage

Dr. Michelle Gray

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Environment Committee Chair University of New Brunswick, FrederictonForestry and Environmental Management Website: Canadian Rivers Institute

Research Interests: 

  • Indicators of ecosystem health
  • Environmental monitoring study design
  • Long-term monitoring data analysis

Dr. Lawrence Hale

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Biology Committee Representative University of Prince Edward IslandBiology Website: Faculty Webpage

Research Interests:

  • Molecular evolutionary genetics of insects, specifically fruit flies.

Dr. Jacob Hanley

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Earth Science Committee Representative Saint Mary’s UniversityGeology Website: Faculty Webpage

Research Interests:

  • Quantitative fluid and melt inclusion studies in magmatic-hydrothermal ore-forming systems with a focus on precious metal deposits
  • Ore body characterization linking ore and gangue mineralogy to mineral processing efficiency and recovery
  • Hydrothermal experimental studies
  • Volatile chemistry of paleofluids with a focus on hydrocarbons
  • Mineral chemistry, alteration and stable isotope studies of hydrothermal systems informed by in-situ microanalysis (Raman, SEM, SIMS, LA-ICPMS)
  • Trace element analysis of archeological slags and metallic artifacts for advancing provenance studies

Dr. Petra Hauf

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Treasurer, Institutional Representative St. Francis Xavier UniversityPsychology Website: Website

Research Interests:

  • Cognitive development during infancy and early childhood
  • Understanding actions
  • The impact of perceptual and motor development
  • Acquisition of physical knowledge.

Dr. David Hornidge

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Physics & Astronomy Committee Chair Mount Allison UniversityPhysics Website: Faculty Webpage

Research Interests:

  • Medium-energy experimental subatomic physics

James Hughes

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Computer Science Committee Representative St. Francis Xavier UniversityMath, Statistics And Computer Science

Research Interests:

  • The development of machine learning algorithms for real world applications.
  • Evolutionary Computation and Artificial Neural Networks. Application areas include neuroinformatics, bioinformatics, kinematics, geology, art, finance, and clinical applications.

Dr. Diego Ibarra

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Aquaculture & Fisheries Committee Representative Dalhousie UniversityBiology Website: Google Scholar

Research Topics:

  • Aquaculture
  • Data mining
  • Modelling
  • Ecology

Dr. Shafiqul Islam

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Mathematics & Statistics Committee Representative University of Prince Edward IslandMathematics & Computational Science Website: Website

Research Interests:

  • Ergodic Theory
  • Dynamical systems
  • Random Dynamical systems
  • Stochastic processes
  • Frobenius- Perron operator,
  • Applications of stochastic processes and dynamical systems in Finance
  • Iterated Function Systems (IFS), fractals and Applications

Dr. Michelle Jetha

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Psychology Committee Representative Cape Breton UniversityPsychology

Research Interests:

  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology
  • Biological psychology

Dr. Nathan Johnston

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Mathematics & Statistics Committee Representative Mount Allison UniversityMath & Computer Science Website: Research Homepage

Research Interests:

  • Mathematical and computational problems motivated by questions in quantum information theory, linear algebra, matrix analysis, convex optimization.

Dr. Stephanie Jones

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Psychology Committee Representative Acadia UniversityPsychology Website: Faculty Webpage

Research Interests: 

  • Measuring attentional abilities in healthy adults across the lifespan, as an important precursor to identifying deficits in attention in those affected by stroke and Parkinson’s disease (PD), and understanding if and how cognitive functioning can be improved through computer-based training in person’s with PD.

Dr. Pierre Jutras

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Earth Science Committee Representative Saint Mary’s UniversityGeology Website: Faculty Webpage

Research Interests:

  • Sedimentology; stratigraphy; structural geomorphology
  • Lower Carboniferous tectonostratigraphy of the Maritimes Basin
  • Sedimentology and paleogeography of Viséan clastic rocks adjacent to the Windsor Sea
  • Paleoenvironment of phreatic calcretes in the geological record
  • Early Paleozoic pedogenic environments

Dr. Mike Katz

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Chemistry Committee Representative Memorial UniversityChemistry Website: Research Website

Research Interests:

  • Porous Materials
  • Metal Organic Frameworks

Dr. Liam Keliher

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Computer Science Committee Representative Mount Allison UniversityMathematics & Computer Science Website: Faculty Webpage

Research Interests:

  • Cryptography
  • Algorithms
  • Complexity

Dr. Aaron Kelly

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Vice Chair Dalhousie UniversityChemistry Website: Research Group Website

Research Interests: 

  • Development and application of algorithms for quantum dynamics simulations of photo-induced chemical processes.
  • Natural light-harvesting systems
  • Bulk heterojunction solar cells
  • Molecules in optical cavities
  • Solid state systems.

Dr. Vlado Keselj

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Computer Science Committee Representative Dalhousie UniversityComputer Science Website: Website

Research Interest:

  • Text processing
  • Natural language processing
  • Data mining
  • Algorithmics
  • Multi-agent systems
  • Computational number theory
  • Programming languages