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Kate Sherren

Associate Professor and Academic Programs Coordinator

School for Resource and Environmental Studies

Email: kate.sherren@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-1359
Mailing Address: 
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
Dalhousie University
6100 University Ave, Suite 5010,
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Climate adaptation
  • Ecosystem services
  • Energy
  • Environmental education
  • Food
  • Landscape values
  • Water
  • Spatial and visual methods


  • BES Hons, University of Waterloo
  • PhD, Australian National University
  • PDF, Australian National University

Research interests

Professor Sherren researches multifunctional landscapes; cultural ecosystem services; climate adaptation; environmental education; and the organizational and intellectual challenges of cross-cutting topics like sustainability. She uses and often integrates various social and spatial research methods in her applied resource-focused research, particularly visual approaches like in situ landscape elicitation.

Selected publications

  • Sherren, K., Beckley, T., Parkins. J., Stedman, R. C., Keilty, K., and Morin, I. 2016. Learning (or living) to love the landscapes of hydroelectricity in Canada: Eliciting local preferences on the Mactaquac Dam via headpond boat tours. Energy Research and Social Science, 14, 102-110.
  • Sherren, K., Loik, L. and Debner, J. 2016. Climate adaptation in ‘new world’ cultural landscapes: the case of Bay of Fundy agricultural dykelands (Nova Scotia, Canada). Land Use Policy, 51, 267-280.
  • Goodale, K. and Parsons, G.J., Sherren, K., 2015. The nature of the nuisance – damage or threat – determines how perceived monetary costs and cultural benefits influence farmer tolerance of wildlife. Diversity. 7, 318-341.
  • Goodale, K., Beazley, K., Yoshida, Y. and Sherren, K. 2015. Does stewardship program participation influence Canadian farmer engagement in biodiversity-friendly farming practices? Biodiversity and Conservation, 24 (6), 1487-1506.
  • Whitman, E., Sherren, K. and Rapaport, E. 2015. Increasing daily wildfire risk in the Acadian Forest region of Nova Scotia, Canada, under future climate change. Regional Environmental Change, 15 (7), 1447-1459.
  • Whitman, E., Sherren, K. and Rapaport, E. 2014. A conceptual model for balancing management trade-offs between urban forest benefits and wildfire risk. Plan Canada. 54 (4), 16-21.
  • Fischer, J., Sherren, K. and Hanspach, J. 2014. Place, case and process: applying ecology to sustainable development. Basic and Applied Ecology, 15 (3), 187-93.

Selected awards and honours

  • Finalist (1 of 3 nationally), 2011 Eureka (Australia’s National) Science Prize for ‘Research by an Interdisciplinary Team’
  • Finalist (1 of 12 nationally), 2012 SSHRC Aurora Prize
  • Faculty of Management Rising Star Award 2014-15


  • MGMT1702 Ecosystem Goods and Services
  • ENVI5507 Environmental Informatics
  • ENVI5009 Graduate Seminar