Alana’s research interests span science and policy to pursue effective solutions to conservation problems. Her research brings together Canada’s forests, species at risk, and decision-making about natural resources.

She is an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University’s School for Resource and Environmental Studies. Stay posted–a lab website, including information for prospective students, is in development. Learn more about SRES here.

Alana’s past roles have included the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship at Natural Resources Canada, the Science & Policy Analyst for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, the Research Coordinator for Evidence for Democracy, and a contributing scientist to the Boreal Avian Modelling Project. Her PhD research at with Dr. Cindy Staicer investigated the habitat of bird species at risk in the Canadian Maritime forests (featured in CBC’s Land and Sea documentary Birds At Risk).


ENVI5001/MGMT4705 Environmental Assessment (2020)

ENVI5505 Biophysical Dimensions of Resource and Environmental Management (upcoming 2021)

ENVI5050 Special Topics: Forest Ecology & Management (upcoming 2021)


ENV1600 Human-Environmental Interactions (Online) (University of Winnipeg, 2019-2020)

BIOL4451 Forest Ecosystems Field Course (University of Winnipeg, 2018)

BIOL2601 Flora of Nova Scotia (2014-2017)

Photo by Donna Kurt, UWinnipeg student BIOL4451


Dalhousie University – Biology, Ph.D

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


Some favourites! See full publication list on ResearchGate or Google Scholar.

Westwood, A.R., Barker, N.K.S., Grant, S., Amos, A., Camfield, A., Cooper, K., Dénes, F.V., MacDonald, C., McBlane, L., Schmiegelow, F.K.A., Simpson, J.I., Slattery, S., Sleep, D., Wells, J., Whitaker, D. 2020. Towards actionable, coproduced research on boreal birds focused on building respectful partnerships. Avian Conservation and Ecology, 15: 26.

Westwood, R., Westwood, A.R., Hooshmandi, M., Pearson, K., LaFrance, K., Murray, C. 2020. A field-validated species distribution model to support management of the critically endangered Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek) butterfly in Canada. Conservation Science & Practice: e163.

Westwood, A.R., Otto, S.P., Mooers, A., Darimont, C.T., Hodges, K.E., Johnson, C., Starzomski, B.M., Burton, C., Chan, K., Festa-Bianchet, M., Fluker, S., Gulati, S., Jacob, A.L., Kraus, D., Martin, T., Palen, W.J., Reynolds, J.D., Whitton, J. 2019. Protecting biodiversity in British Columbia: Recommendations for species at risk legislation. Facets 4: 136-160.

Westwood, A.R., Olszynski, M., Fox, C.H., Ford, A., Jacob., A.L., Moore, J.W., Palen, W.J. 2019. The role of science in contemporary Canadian environmental decision-making: The example of environmental assessment. UBC Law Review 52(1): 243-292. Full-text at SSRN.

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


For a curriculum vitae (March 2020), please click here.

Canada Warbler in New Hampshire