2022-23 Public Lectures Series


Date: October 3, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM Atlantic Time (Canada)

Location: St. Mary's University (Stephanie MacDonald Lecture Theatre, SMU Atrium 101)

Zoom Meeting Link: https://smu-ca.zoom.us/j/81208037962
Meeting ID: 812 0803 7962

How the black soldier fly can help turn the global protein crisis around
Insect farming is a growing industry whose goals is to help address the protein crisis

Dr. Greg Wanger
Oberland Agriscience

Dr. Wanger will discuss the black soldier fly, which can bio convert our food waste into a high protein insect meal


Date: November 7, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM

Location: St. Mary's University (Stephanie MacDonald Lecture Theatre, SMU Atrium 101)

Zoom Meeting Link

Drawing on Science: Mastodons of Nova Scotia
The new NS Museum exhibit Age of the Mastodons shares some of the exciting new research of Mastodons from Nova Scotia


Dr. Tim Fedak
Curator of Geology, Nova Scotia Museum

Dr. Fedak will summarize recent mastodon discoveries from both latest field discoveries, as well as from new research of mastodon fossils found almost two hundred years ago


Date: December 5, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM

Location: St. Mary's University (Stephanie MacDonald Lecture Theatre, SMU Atrium 101)
 
Zoom Meeting Link

New Lessons from Old Mountains:
What are our rocks trying to tell us?
The Appalachian Mountains in Canada's Atlantic Provinces have a long history of study

Dr. Deanne van Rooyen
Associate Professor, Acadia University

This talk will take you behind the scenes of geological research and illustrate how the geology of where we live influences every part of our history and informs decisions we make in the present


Date: January 9, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM

Location: St. Mary's University (Stephanie MacDonald Lecture Theatre, SMU Atrium 101)

Zoom Meeting Link

Getting Nova Scotia Off Oil, Off Coal, and Off Gas:
What are our rocks trying to tell us?
Nova Scotia has set ambitious climate change goals

Dr. Kathlyne Nelson
NS Department of Natural Resources and Renewables

Dr. Nelson will share her work on energy efficiency and renewable energy in the province with a focus on helping the most vulnerable Nova Scotians


Date: February 6, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM

Location: St. Mary's University (Stephanie MacDonald Lecture Theatre, SMU Atrium 101)
Zoom Meeting Link

Student Symposium:
Climate Science in NS

Join us as we discover the latest research findings of student scientists working at nearby Ns research institutions, who are studying topics related to climate change in the province of Nova Scotia


Date: March 6, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM

Location: St. Mary's University (Stephanie MacDonald Lecture Theatre, SMU Atrium 101)

Zoom Meeting Link

Getting Accelerating natural ocean CO2 sequestration as a climate change solution?:
Testing the safety and viability of Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement


Dr. William Burt
Planetary Technologies

Dr. Burt's talk will outline a process called Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement (OAE) that has the potential to remove CO2 from the atmosphere while de-acidifying our oceans. The premise of OAE will be discussed, as well as the research being done into its viability and safety, and the role Halifax is playing in this exciting new field


Date: April 3, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM

Location: St. Mary's University (Stephanie MacDonald Lecture Theatre, SMU Atrium 101)

Zoom Meeting Link

How to Stop Global Warming:
For the past 15-yrs climate science has focused on how long carbon sinks can continue to absorb carbon before they become saturated and potentially transition to carbon sources

Dr. Andrew MacDougall
Associate Professor, St. Francis Xavier University

This talk will focus on the findings of this research including climate-carbon feedbacks loops, the extraordinarily long lifetime of global warming, and the need to reduce emission to zero to stabilize global temperature


Date: May 1, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM

Location: St. Mary's University (Stephanie MacDonald Lecture Theatre, SMU Atrium 101)

Zoom Meeting Link

Winter: A Bug's Eye View:
Understanding how animals interact with and survive low temperatures is important, especially as our winters become less predictable due to climate change

Dr. Jantina Toxopeus
Assistant Professor, St. Francis Xavier University

This talk will focus on the over-wintering biology of insects, and what these chilly critters can teach us about surviving in the frozen state!

Previous Lectures


A free public lecture is held at 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of every month, starting from October through to May. Unless otherwise specified, the lectures are held in the auditorium of the Museum of Natural History, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The NSIS Council meets shortly before each public lecture, at 6:00 p.m.

Previous Talks on Youtube Channel


Tick Talk: Small Pest, Big Problem


Making the Transition to Low-Carbon Energy in Atlantic Canada: How Will We Get There?


COVID-19 Student Research in Nova Scotia