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Sustainability Research Unit George Campus

October 2018

Dalal Hanna is an ecologist who is passionate about researching environmental challenges to try and foster a more equitable and sustainable future. Currently, she is a completing her PhD at McGill University in Canada as a Vanier Scholar. Her focus in on the diverse ways freshwater ecosystems contribute to human well-being. She is interested in using her findings to inform freshwater conservation policy.  She has also published research on how anthropogenic noise affects animal communication, and on mercury contamination in African freshwater fish. Sharing scientific knowledge is another one of Dalal’s great passions. In 2015, she developed the podcast ‘Science Faction’, which explored unbelievable discoveries in all fields of science in accessible language. She is also part of an urban beekeeping collective in Montreal, Canada, that invites community members to visit hives and learn about pollinators, as well as pollinator gardens. Currently, she is in the process of co-launching an organization called Riparia, that works to connect people and science in the wild, by bringing youth on free science expeditions.


July 2018

Jessica Cockburn has a PhD in Environmental Science and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Environmental Learning Research Centre at Rhodes University. She conducts research and the science-practice interface, focusing on multistakeholder collaboration for landscape management and stewardship. She has a keen interest in supporting skills development for relational competencies necessary for stakeholder engagement, facilitation and social learning.


Febuary 2018

Daniel Fortin is a professor in the department of biology at Université Laval. He received his doctorate in Zoology from the University of Guelph (Canada), and then conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Alberta (Canada) on wolf-elk interactions in Yellowstone National Park. The main objective of his current research is to better understand the effect of behavioural mechanisms on animal distributions in heterogeneous landscapes. To reach this goal, he investigates various ecological topics such as: resource selection, animal movement, trophic interactions, and behavioural response to anthropogenic modifications of the landscape. Knowledge gained from his studies is intended to help in the management of wildlife populations and preservation of biodiversity by increasing our ability to predict spatio-temporal dynamics of ecological systems. He is collaborating with Adjunct Professor Hervé Fritz and Dr Jan Venter during his visit to the School of Natural Resource Management, George Campus.