Student Research

Research that makes a difference

Our students bring the passion, focus and dedication to research problems that impact our environment. They play a crucial role in faculty research by helping shape the research and undertaking much of the data analysis and collection. They also receive invaluable mentorship from their supervisors and committee members, both formally and informally.

Student research can take several forms

As a MES or PhD student, you will be working on thesis research. As a MREM student, you have the option of doing focused research as part of your final project. And depending on your internship placement, as a MREM student you may also have the opportunity to conduct research in your workplace.

Get published as a master’s student

Not only do we focus on conducting topical, high quality research, we also make sure our research has impact. We do this by working closely with our master’s students to ensure their research is quickly translated into one, two and even three peer-reviewed publications. This puts students in a much better position to secure substantial scholarship support for PhD studies, often in excess of $100,000 over several years.

What our students are up to

Here are just a few examples of the research SRES students are conducting:

  • looking at biodiversity conservation and watershed management on Nova Scotia farms
  • examining the use of Twitter in environmental activism
  • understanding why fewer organic farmers are opting to pursue certification
  • analyzing energysheds leading to more sustainable energy systems for HRM
  • studying the Dal campus tree canopy leading to recommendations for improvements

Contact Brenda Smart at for a complete list of student research.