Hannah Charness

Honours Candidate

Current Research

Unlike populations of kelp in the southwestern shore of NS which have almost disappeared, those at the Eastern Shore Islands (ESI) appear to be resilient to a number of environmental stressors including encrusting invasive bryozoans. My honours research will develop the methodology to measure the effect of population connectivity on the persistence of these kelp beds. To manipulate connectivity, we will transplant juvenile kelps to existing populations; these juveniles will be (1) cultivated S. latissima and L. digitata collected from two locations in lab; and (2) collected locally. I will collect data on growth and survival rates of the transplanted recruits to determine the extent to which we can manipulate connectivity successfully and measure vital rates of juvenile kelps. Population connectivity is an important criterion in the designation of MPAs, and needs to be incorporated in management decisions. My data will be used to generate connectivity models that can be applied to MPA allocation and to design experiments that test the important of connectivity in population resilience.

Awards

Nancy Witherspoon Memorial Summer Research Award (2022)
Dalhousie-BIOS Fall Program Scholarship (2021)
DOUGS Scholarship (2019)
Dalhousie IB Scholarship (2018-2020)
Golden Key International Honours Society (2019-2022)
Dalhousie University Deans List (2018-2022)
Dalhousie Entrance Scholarship (2018)
Governor Generals Award (2018)

Relevant Experience

Lab technician for MicroAlgal Process Evaluation Laboratory
Oceanography Department, Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
January 2022-May 2022

SuperNova Marine Science Educator
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
January 2021-May 2021

Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Intern
Ottawa, Ontario
May 2020-August 2020

Contact information

hcharness@dal.ca