Alana’s research interests straddle the worlds of science and policy, meeting at the interface of species at risk research and large-scale terrestrial conservation. She is currently the Science and Policy Analyst for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, and is also a contributing scientist to the Boreal Avian Modelling Project. With a background in forest ecology and philosophy, she integrates science and environmental ethics to pursue new approaches to conservation problems.

Her PhD work investigated habitat of bird species at risk at multiple scales, including habitat characterization and species distribution modeling in the Canadian Maritimes (in collaboration with Parks Canada, BAM, and MTRI). You can see her speak about this work in CBC’s Land and Sea documentary Birds At Risk.


BIOL2601 Flora of Nova Scotia at Dalhousie University (2014-2017).


Dalhousie University – Biology, Ph.D (2016)

University of Winnipeg – Applied Environmental & Forest Ethics, B.Sc. Hons (2011)


See a full publication list on ResearchGate.

Cailleret, M., + 66 authors, including Westwood, A. (62nd). 2016. A synthesis of radial growth patterns preceding tree mortality. Global Change Biology, doi:10.1111/gcb.13535.

Barker, N., Fontaine, P., Cumming, S., Stralberg, D., Westwood, A., Bayne, E., Sólymos, P., Schmiegelow, F., Song, S., and Rugg, D. 2015. Ecological monitoring through harmonizing existing data: lessons from the Boreal Avian Modelling Project. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 39(3).

Westwood, A., Reuchlin-Heugenholtz, E., Keith, D. 2014. Re-defining recovery: A generalized framework for assessing species recovery. Biological Conservation 172: 155-162.

Westwood, A., Conciatori, F., Tardif, J., Knowles, K. 2012. Effects of Armillaria root rot disease on the growth of Picea mariana in the boreal plains of central Canada. Forest Ecology and Management 266: 1-10.


For a curriculum vitae (Feb 2017), click here.