Alana’s research interests straddle the worlds of science and policy, meeting at the interface of species at risk research and decision-making about natural resources. She is currently a Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellow in the Office of the Chief Scientist at Natural Resources Canada. Previously she was the Science and Policy Analyst for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative and 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 at Dalhousie University investigated habitat of bird species at risk 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.


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 (2016)

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


See a full publication list on ResearchGate.

Jacob, A.L., Moore, J.W., Fox, C.H., Sunter, E.J., Gauthier, D., Westwood, A.R., Ford, A.T. 2018. Cross-sectoral input for the potential role of science in Canada’s environmental assessment. FACETS, 3: 512-529.

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): 1-8.

Westwood, A., 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, please click here.