Executive Director: email@example.com
Coastal Action's present Executive Director and overall project leader/manager is Brooke Nodding. Ms. Nodding is a graduate from Acadia University with a BScH in Environmental Science. She has spent time with both Environment Canada (National Office of Pollution Prevention, Hull, PQ) and Fisheries & Oceans Canada (Habitat Management Division, Dartmouth, NS) before accepting her present position with Coastal Action. Her background is in fluvial dynamics, aquatic habitat management, conservation management planning, and community-based stewardship initiatives. Brooke has been the Executive Director of Coastal Action since May 2001.
Assistant Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shanna is a graduate of Mount Allison University (B.Sc. Biology) and James Cook University (M.Sc. Protected Area Management). Shanna spent several years working as a biologist at a Federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Vancouver, BC before joining Coastal Action in 2014. Originally from Wolfville, Shanna now lives in Martin’s Point with her husband, Leif and daughter, Theo. In her spare time, she can be found gardening, bird watching, or tinkering with permaculture projects.
Climate Change & Education Team Lead: email@example.com
Clare grew up in the Annapolis Valley and spent her childhood outdoors, fostering a lifelong love and respect of wildlife and the environment. She graduated from Acadia University in 2016 with a B.A. in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, and a minor in Biology. Clare is a passionate advocate for educating youth and communities about sustainability and the environment, and is skilled in facilitation, community engagement, and program development. She’s also a community gardener, avid reader, music lover, and ocean fanatic.
Watersheds & Water Quality
Team Lead: firstname.lastname@example.org
A long way from her home, Sarah was raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta, but has now decided to call Nova Scotia home. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from St. Francis Xavier University in 2014, Sarah received her Master of Science degree from Dalhousie in 2017, specializing in hydrochemistry. As Water Quality Specialist, Sarah has experience with water sampling (marine and freshwater environments, on land and by boat), data analyses, and reporting. When not getting lost in the woods for the sake of science, Sarah spends time with her dog, and is updating her French skills and learning Dutch.
& Field Technician: email@example.com
Jennifer is a graduate of Dalhousie University (B.Sc. Biology) and Holland College (Dip. Graphic Design). Her special interests include species at risk research, habitat stewardship and protection, and science communication. Past projects include work with Parks Canada, St. Margaret's Bay Stewardship Association, Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, and the Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve. Jennifer enjoys being outdoors, writing, painting, travel, playing the ukulele, and being with family and friends.
Atlantic Whitefish Project Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Breen grew up in the UK and is a graduate of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Program at Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, B.C. In British Columbia, he conducted various fisheries and wildlife projects within the forestry industry. This work included supervising an electro-fishing field crew and scientific diving. Andy enjoys beekeeping, travelling and working on his family farm. He has lived in Chester for 17 years with his wife, Heather and their 3 children; Maria, Ana, and Ben.
Coastal & Marine Team Lead: email@example.com
Ariel is originally from Vancouver, B.C and moved to Lunenburg after finishing her Masters of Environmental Assessment (MEnv) at Montréal’s Concordia University. Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of International Studies from New Brunswick’s St. Stephen University with a focus on environmental conservation, finishing her degree at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2012. Other than her passion for environmental issues, Ariel loves to write and play music, hike, travel, and spend time with her family.
Species at Risk & Biodiversity Team Lead: firstname.lastname@example.org
Born and raised in Halifax, NS, Molly graduated from Dalhousie University in 2016 with a B.Sc. in Biology and Sustainability, where she focused on ecology and freshwater fish habitat research. She then completed her M.Sc. in Environmental Science at Saint Mary’s University in 2019, where she studied the environmental effects of historical gold mines on wetland invertebrates and surrounding habitats. Aside from environmental science research, Molly is passionate about promoting science communication and education, and in her spare time enjoys gardening, hiking, and nature photography.
Field Operations Lead: email@example.com
Emma is a local from Lunenburg, NS and joined Coastal Action in the summer of 2013. Emma graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with an Advanced B.Sc. in Environmental Science with a focus on Climate and Water. Her studies continued at Acadia University where she took a few geology courses. In her spare time Emma enjoys hiking, beekeeping, music listening, making/eating yummy foods and socializing with family and friends.
Watershed & Agricultural Projects Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam was born and raised in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. His post secondary education includes a Natural Resources Environmental Technology diploma from NSCC as well as a Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree from Cape Breton University. Sam began working on the LaHave River Watershed Project in 2014 when he was hired through the Clean Foundation’s Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps program. He has since developed a keen interest in Atlantic salmon conservation, and in his spare time enjoys fishing, hiking, boating, and woodworking.