Shannon Sterling

Associate Professor

Department of Earth Sciences

Email: Shannon.Sterling@Dal.Ca
Phone: +1 902 494 7741
Fax: +1 902 494 6889
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie University
1459 Oxford Street
PO BOX 15000
Halifax NS  B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Earth surface processes


Life Sciences Centre
8th floor, Bio / E S Wing
Rm. 3056


Funding announcement for research used in salmon conservation efforts

October 12, 2017

Where the water flows

Shannon Sterling - Interviewed on Information Morning
April 1, 2014

Nova Scotia Watershed Assessment Atlas 2014

(PDF - 25 Mb)

Nova Scotia Watershed Assessment Geodatabase

(ZIP - 3.5 Mb)


Current Research

Primary area of expertise: Hydrological Systems, Biogeochemistry. My research involves the investigation of the dominant factors regulating energy, water, and biogeochemical cycling within watersheds. My aims are to develop a predictive understanding of watershed processes, and to understand how these processes are altered by human activities and climate change. My field-based monitoring is targeted towards forested watersheds, particularly in Nova Scotia. Secondary areas of expertise: indicators of watershed health, riparian zones, net primary productivity, surface atmosphere interactions, soil hydrology, land cover change mapping, watershed and river restoration, sediment transport, and fluvial geomorphology.

Satbacks and Vegetated Buffers in Nova Scotia

The purpose of this research is to investigate the use of vegetated buffers and setbacks and to determine how they might be used in Nova Scotia to to protect coastal and riparian ecosystem services, as well as people and property from flooding, erosion and the effects of human activities. The report - Setbacks & Vegetated Buffers in Nova Scotia: A review and analysis of current practices and management options - includes a policy review, a review of the scientific literature, and outlines the key steps and challenges in determining appropriate vegetated buffer and/or setback policy design in Nova Scotia

(ZIP - 14 Mb)


  • PDF, Université de Paris VI
  • PhD, Duke University (2005)
  • MSc, University of British Columbia (1997)
  • BSc, McGill University (1993)


Research Opportunities

  • Applications are invited from candidates of excellence wishing to pursue a PhD degree in the field of hydrology, specifically focusing examining the extent and causes of trace metal level increases in northern rivers.  Students will receive training within an international research network, specifically focused on time series analysis, biogeochemistry and hydrological processes.