Karen Beazley



Related information

Email: karen.beazley@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-1383
Mailing Address: 
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
Dalhousie University
6100 University Ave, Room 5018,
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystems
  • Indigenous perspectives
  • Protected area system planning
  • Conservation biology
  • Landscape ecology
  • Environmental ethics
  • Biodiversity conservation


  • BLA, University of Guelph
  • MA, University of Waterloo
  • PhD, Dalhousie University

Research interests

Professor Beazley’s research interests include biodiversity conservation system planning, protected area selection and delineation, regional habitat connectivity planning, and environmental ethics. Her work is interdisciplinary, collaborative, and geared both to contributing to the academic literature and to affecting change in landscape planning and policy at transnational and provincial levels.

Selected publications

  • Lindsay, K, J-F Gobeil, JL Lawler, C Schloss, KF Beazley and TJ Beechey. 2016. Wildlife Conservation, Protected Areas and Climate Change in Canada: Implications of Projected Species Range Shifts. Canadian Council on Ecological Areas Occasional Paper No. 21, CCEA Secretariat, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • Davis, MJ, C McCarthy and KF Beazley. 2016. A risk assessment for the introduction of invasive fish for Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, Canada. Marine & Freshwater Research. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF16069
  • Cosham, J, KF Beazley and C McCarthy. 2016. Environmental factors influencing local distributions of European green crab (Carcinus maenas) for modeling and management applications. Environmental Reviews. 24(3): 244-252. 10.1139/er-2015-0053
  • MacKinnon, D, CJ Lemieux, KF Beazley, S Woodley, R Helie, J Perron, J Elliott, C Haas, J Langlois, H Lazaruk, T Beechey and P Gray. 2015. Canada and Aichi Biodiversity Target 11: understanding ‘other effective area-based conservation measures’ in the context of the broader target. Biodiversity and Conservation. 24(14): 3559–3581. DOI 10.1007/s10531-015-1018-1
  • Stortini, C, NL Shackell, P Tyedmers and KF Beazley. 2015. Assessing marine species vulnerability to projected warming on the Scotian Shelf, Canada. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 72 (6): 1731-1743. DOI:10.1093/icesjms/fsv022

Selected awards and honours

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant: Connectivity for what? Exploring divergences in the deep meaning of the core concept of ‘connectivity’ among experts in landscape conservation planning
  • SSHRC Research Development Initiative: Developing research expertise, techniques and collaborative relationships for transboundary landscape connectivity science
  • SSHRC Standard Research Grant: Public attitudes toward wildlife species as a focus of biological diversity conservation
  • United Nations University International Leadership Academy Award: Environment and Security
  • Educational Leadership Award for Collaborative Teaching


  • ENVI 5047: Conservation System Design
  • MGMT 4047: Biodiversity Conservation
  • MGMT 5000: Management Without Borders
  • MGMT 3701: Environment and Resource Problem solving: Community as a Living Lab

Service & Activity

  • Chair, Nova Scotia Crown Share Land and Legacy Trust
  • Director, Canadian Council on Ecological Areas
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Ethics Board
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies, Faculty Council
  • Academic Programmes Coordinator