Alana is a Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellow at Natural Resources Canada, where she serves as an Environmental Assessment Officer in the Office of the Chief Scientist. She supports NRCan’s efforts to ensure scientific integrity is a key piece of environmental assessment processes.

Previously, she was the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative’s Science and Policy Analyst, and prior to that, Evidence for Democracy’s Research Coordinator. In both roles she advocated for transparent use of evidence in public policy and government decision making. She coordinated Canada’s top environmental scientists to provide advice on federal environmental policy through reports, media training workshops, and research articles. She was a member of 2012 Canadian Youth Delegation to COP18 in Doha, Qatar, and is the consulting scientist for Juniper Law & Associates.

She has facilitated dozens of training workshops at the interface of science, policy, and communication.  Host a workshop at your institution: get in touch here.


Science Advocacy 101: Now more than ever, it is critical that science be used to inform real-world policy decisions. This workshop teaches all career levels, from graduate students to senior researchers, the basics of advocacy and how scientists can ensure their research is applied to policy and law. [With Evidence for Democracy]

Communications for Scientists 101: Most scientific papers are read by fewer than ten people. Learn how to get your work seen! This workshop gives an understanding of the news cycle, media releases, and gives basic training on how to become an effective public communicator. [With Evidence for Democracy, recorded version available here]

Op-eds for Scientists: Don’t just learn how to communicate–make it a reality! In this workshop you will not only write a blog or opinion article, but be given follow-up support to publish it! [With Evidence for Democracy, recorded version available here]

Introduction to Native Plants: Classroom or field lectures on Canadian flora, how to identify them, and the features that make them so fascinating. Explore the edible, the medicinal, the poisonous, and gain a better understanding of the ecosystems around us.

Want a workshop or lecture on a different topic in the realm of science and policy? Just ask!