Initiatives, Groups & Institutes


Ocean Tracking Network (OTN)

OTN unites top marine scientists in the world’s most comprehensive examination of marine life and ocean conditions. The $168-million conservation project will change how scientists and world leaders understand and manage global concerns in the face of climate change. The network is headquartered at Dalhousie. Learn more on the OTN website.

Marine Environmental, Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR)

MEOPAR is a team of Canadian researchers performing the science necessary to anticipate hazards and improve response to marine emergencies. The network fosters collaboration between natural scientists, social scientists, policy makers, industry representatives, non-profits and coastal communities to connect excellent research with industrial know-how and strategic investment. The $25-million network is headquartered at Dalhousie. Visit the MEOPAR website for more information.


Dahn Lab

The Dahn Lab is run by Jeff Dahn in the Department of Physics. The research group focuses on building and testing longer-lasting, higher-storage-capacity lithium-ion batteries. For more information, visit the Dahn Lab website.

Dalhousie Geodynamics Group

The Geodynamics Group operates out of the Department of Oceanography and is led by Chris Beaumont. Members research 3D fluid flow modelling, salt tectonics, extensional tectonics, foreland fold and thrust belts, large hot orogens and intracratonic tectonics. For more information, visit the Geodynamic Group website.

Dalhousie Child Clinical and School Psychology Lab

The Child Clinical and School Psychology Lab conducts research on learning, attention, behaviour and sleep in children. For more information, visit the Child Clinical and School Psychology Lab website.

Trace Analysis Research Centre (TARC)

TARC sponsors, co-sponsors and helps plan conferences on chemical analysis. Additionally, the group fosters analytical chemistry in developing countries and promotes the use of chemical analysis in biological systems and environmental studies. See the TARC website for more information.


Dalhousie Neuroscience Institute

The Neuroscience Institute is a virtual association bringing together neuroscience faculty and students from basic science and clinical departments throughout the university and its affiliated hospitals. For more information, visit the Neuroscience Institute website.

Clean Technologies Research Institute (CTRI)

Formerly the Institute for Research in Materials, the CTRI was established in June 2017 to advance clean technologies research at Dalhousie University.  They facilitate collaboration, promotion, and administration of clean tech research projects at the university. For more information, visit the CTRI website.

Halifax Marine Research Institute (HMRI)

The HMRI builds partnerships among federal research laboratories, universities and the private sector to boost marine research and translate it into real economic opportunity. See the HMRI website for more information.

There are many other initiatives, groups and institutes in the Faculty of Science. See department and academic unit pages for full listings.