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Amazing Students/Trainees I Work With


Beau Ahrens

Doctoral Candidate

Beau is investigating the relationship between thermal stress and human mortality, and how this relationship may be modified by tree canopy cover.

  • Check out Beau's Blog on the ESRI Canada Centres of Excellence page

  • Explore an application created by Beau and colleague Leah Fulton for the ESRI App Challenge: Burning Tree


Brittany Barber

Doctoral Candidate

Brittany is exploring how theory from behavioural economics and health geography informs the development of primary interventions in health care.


Matthew McKitrick

Doctoral Student

Matthew recently graduated from SFU with a Masters of Science in Geography and is now a PhD student in the PhD in Health program at Dalhousie. With funding support from CIHR (PI: Villeneuve) Matthew will develop state-of-the-art geospatial models to estimate radiation exposure from Canada's nuclear power stations among members of the CanCHEC cohort.


Jessie Cullum

Honours, Health Promotion

Preconception care offers a unique opportunity to address the pressing public health goal of reducing pregnancy-related morbidity and mortality. Preconception counseling identifies modifiable risk factors and providing targeted interventions and education prior to conception. Using a scoping review approach, Jessie will investigate the extent to which environmental factors and related exposures are considered in the preconception health research literature.


Sophie Geernaert

Honours, Health Promotion

Most epidemiological investigations of the association between contact with nature and greenness employ remotely-sensed data to ascertain exposure. The assumption is that a higher level of greenness equates to greater exposure and benefits to health. Sophie's research employs data from the Household Environments Survey to investigate the relationship between the types of interactions people have with nature and the social determinants of health.


Kayla Rekowski

Honours, Environment, Sustainability and Society

Noise levels in the majority of Canadian cities average above World Health Organization guidelines for the protection of public health. However, not all noise is the same and it is crucial to investigate noise annoyance and the sources of annoynance, particularly as the majority of municipal noise by-laws are based on noise annoyance. Kayla conducted an online survey of noise annoyance in Halifax to assess levels of noise annoyance and the main sources of annoyance.

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