2023-24 Public Lectures Series

Date: Dec 4, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM Atlantic Time

Overlooked No More: Non-indigenous, Invasive Species in Nova Scotia Lakes & Rivers

                                         Dr. Linda Campbell
Saint Mary's University

The unanticipated and unplanned appearance of non-indigenous species in freshwater ecosystems is a global issue. In regions lacking biosurveillance and awareness programs, the potential for unwanted species to establish in lakes is very high. Dr. Linda Campbell will present case studies for both fish and invertebrates in Nova Scotia, highlight progress made over the past decade, and discuss ongoing needs in order to limit the impact of unwanted species on Nova Scotia’s freshwater ecosystems.

UPDATED: Due to weather this lecture will be ONLINE ONLY

To join virtually:

Zoom Meeting: https://smu-ca.zoom.us/j/81013305309?pwd=MSB4IQra1zF6aheQ9i20aParPFDWd5.1

Meeting ID: 810 1330 5309
Passcode: NSIS2024

Date: January 15th, 2023
Time: 6:30 PM Atlantic Time

Student Event. Careers in Science: Panel discussion with Nova Scotian Scientists

Online Only

To join virtually:

Zoom Meeting: https://smu-ca.zoom.us/j/86236363257?pwd=o5mrE0sMvFTilo1cGC4jdc4J4E8Onw.1

Meeting ID: 862 3636 3257
Passcode: NSIS2024

Date: February 5th, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM Atlantic Time

Preliminary findings from a groundbreaking study of marine CO2 removal in Halifax

Dr.William Burt
Planetary Technologies

Global warming driven by atmospheric CO2 threatens our livelihood, and ocean acidification driven by natural ocean uptake of this CO2 threatens marine ecosystems. Planetary Tech, a small Dartmouth-based company, teamed with Dalhousie researchers, is leading global efforts to test a potential tool in the fight against both the climate crisis and ocean acidification. In this talk I'll outline how this tool, called Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement, works, and explain how Nova Scotia has become a well-recognized world leader in the tool's R&D.


To join virtually:

Zoom Meeting: https://smu-ca.zoom.us/j/81227261291?pwd=dkCWgYjZZtzt17jYsrCYcpWRqncjjB.1

Meeting ID: 812 2726 1291
Passcode: NSIS2024

To join in-person: Saint Mary’s University, Atrium 101 – Halifax, NS

Date: March 4th, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM Atlantic Time

Student symposium: Current research in Nova Scotia

To join virtually:

Zoom Meeting: https://smu-ca.zoom.us/j/85417346446?pwd=8TPrDgbIgsW4neQRIJtI6j63uySThF.1

Meeting ID: 854 1734 6446
Passcode: NSIS2024

To join in-person: Saint Mary’s University, Atrium 101 – Halifax, NS

Date: April 8th, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM Atlantic Time

Sustainable agriculture needs insects; insects need sustainable agriculture

Dr.Paul Manning
Dalhousie University, Biology

Insects are sometimes referred to as “the little things that run the world” based on their central importance to terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. This importance extends to land used for producing food, where insects provide a wide range of environmental benefits to agriculture. This lecture will explore the environmental benefits supported by insects; arguing that insect conservation is an integral outcome of sustainable food production.

To join virtually:

Zoom Meeting: https://smu-ca.zoom.us/j/86275891779?pwd=zYbHl4HV9pcY9ZS2XLaFSn3KaKl0EZ.1

Meeting ID: 862 7589 1779
Passcode: NSIS2024

To join in-person: Saint Mary’s University, Atrium 101 – Halifax, NS

Date: May 6th, 2023 | AGM 2024
Time: 7:30 PM Atlantic Time

The Geology of the Cabot Trail: The Surprising 1.5 Billion Year Story of Nova Scotia’s Most Iconic Drive

Dr. Jason Loxton
Cape Breton University, Geology

Beneath the rolling vistas of this world-famous road, lies a story far older and more dramatic than most people imagine. A story of colliding continents, mass extinctions, volcanoes, earthquakes, and glaciers, which gives a surprising new meaning to the term ‘Come from Away’.

By tying the broad story of Nova Scotia’s development as an Island to a series of accessible stops along the Cabot Trail, this talk will ensure you will never experience the Cabot Trail the same way again!

To join virtually:

Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/94578806258?pwd=Zyt3NFdvVHZkSjlEUEtheDdUenRuUT09

Meeting ID: 945 7880 6258
Passcode: 2024

To join in-person:Cape Breton University, Shannon School of Business, Rm 203

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 Atrium 101 (see map below for directions) at Saint Mary's University Campus, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The NSIS Council meets shortly before each public lecture, at 6:00 p.m.

Previous Lectures

Previous Talks on Youtube Channel

How the black soldier fly can help turn the global protein crisis around

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

COVID-19 Student Research in Nova Scotia