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

Her PhD work at Dalhousie University investigated the habitat of bird species at risk in the Canadian Maritime forests (featured in CBC’s Land and Sea documentary Birds At Risk). 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.


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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Stralberg, D., Camfield, A., Carlson, M., Lauzon, C., Barker, N., Westwood, A., Schmiegelow, F.K.A. 2018. Strategies for identifying priority areas for passerine conservation in Canada’s boreal forest. Avian Conservation and Ecology, 13(2): 12.

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

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.