Alana is a Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellow at Natural Resources Canada. There, she studies and works on government policies related to science-policy integration, scientific integrity, and impact assessment

With the Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) Conservation Initiative, she led a consortium of academic experts to participate in government policy-making processes related to impact assessment and species at risk law. With Y2Y and previously, Evidence for Democracy, she advocated for transparent use of evidence in public policy and government decision making.  

She is a passionate advocate for women, LGBTQ2S+ folks, and other underrepresented groups in science. She serves on the City of Ottawa’s Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee, and was a member of 2012 Canadian Youth Delegation to COP18 in Doha, Qatar.

She has facilitated dozens of training workshops at the interface of science, policy, and communication.  Host a workshop at your institution: see the list below, or propose something else! 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.