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 currently a Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellow at Natural Resources Canada, where she works on assessing and improving science-policy integration in the forest sector as well as government policies related to impact assessment and cumulative effects. Prior to that, she was 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 Dalhousie University, 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).


ENV1600 Human Environmental Interactions (Online) at the University of Winnipeg (2019).

BIOL4451 Forest Ecosystems Field Course at the University of Winnipeg (2018).

BIOL2601 Flora of Nova Scotia at Dalhousie University (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 a full publication list on ResearchGate or Google Scholar.

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., Staicer, C., Solymos, P., Haché, S., Fontaine, T., Bayne, E., Mazerolle, D. 2019. Estimating the conservation value of protected areas in Maritime Canada for two species at risk: the Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi) and Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis). Avian Conservation and Ecology 14(1): e16.

Cailleret, M., + 66 authors, including Westwood, A.R. (62nd). 2017. A synthesis of radial growth patterns preceding tree mortality. Global Change Biology, 23(4): 1675-1690.

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