Belong Speaker Series: Breaking Barriers

On behalf of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), you are invited to the Belong Speaker Series: Breaking Barriers at Dalhousie University.

The Belong Speaker Series has been organized to highlight the work of up- and-coming BIPOC researchers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, Medicine & Health (STEAMMH) and give the Dalhousie community an opportunity to connect with these inspiring academics. Our speaker is Dr. Nicola Smith, who will be speaking on September 27, 2021 Time: 1pm – 2pm AST.

Use this link to join the event on September 27: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8233...

Dr. Nicola S. Smith is a 2021 Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia with Dr. William Cheung. She is also an Associate Editor for NeoBiota, a peer-reviewed, open access, online journal on biological invasions. Her most recent research focuses on assessing the threats caused by marine invasive and range-shifting species in Canada and the world’s oceans under climate change scenarios. She also aims to identify strategies to help coastal communities manage and adapt to these threats. Previously, she was a Bullitt Environmental Fellow and postdoctoral researcher at Simon Fraser University with Dr. Isabelle Côté, where she reconstructed the sponge fishery of The Bahamas over the past 180 years and identified ways to make the fishery more sustainable. Dr. Smith obtained a Hons. B.Sc. with High Distinction from the University of Toronto in 2006, where she double majored in English and Zoology. In 2010, she received a M.Sc. in Zoology from the University of British Columbia while in 2020 she obtained a Ph.D. in Biology from Simon Fraser University, where she focused on the Indo-Pacific lionfish invasion of the Caribbean. She has 10 years of experience researching various aspects of biological invasions, coral reef ecology, and unreported, tropical fisheries.