Alana is a firm believer that environmental science should be applied to decision-making about natural resources. She has facilitated dozens of training workshops at the interface of science, policy, decolonizing research, and communication. Request Alana for a workshop at your institution: see the list at the bottom of this page, or propose something else!

She has also frequently served as a media commentator on issues related to forestry, endangered species, and impact assessment. Get in touch: a[dot]westwood[at]dal[dot]ca.


Alana is a passionate advocate for marginalized and groups in science, including folks who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+, and persons with disabilities. She serves on the City of Ottawa’s Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee, the Society of Canadian Ornithologist’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and was a member of 2012 Canadian Youth Delegation to the UN COP18 climate negotiations in Doha, Qatar.


From research to action: Facilitating knowledge exchange in the environmental sciences by building respectful partnerships: This workshop asks participants to challenge their own assumptions about how environmental research is done. On whose land does the research occur? Who designed the project, and what are their goals? Who benefits from the results? Is the research designed to maximize its policy impact? This workshop tackles issues related to forming equitable, effective research partnerships with particular consideration for reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

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.