Teaching and Community Series - Alien Invasion of Plants and Animals in Cape Breton: Professors and Community Join Forces in the Fight.

Event Type: 
Events/Guest Speakers
Multipurpose Room B
Event Date: 
March 15, 2012
Event Time: 
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Dr. Katherine Jones, Associate Professor, Department of Biology at Cape Breton University and Director of Project UFO (Unidentified Foreign Organisms)

Dr. Jones teaches Introductory Biology, Animal Behaviour and Ichthyology at Cape Breton University. She has conducted biological research in many ecosystems including intertidal zones on the Pacific coast of Canada, Caribbean coral reefs, Delaware Bay salt marshes, the Scotian Shelf and the Sydney Tar Ponds. Most recently, she has been studying invasive alien species in aquatic habitats throughout Cape Breton Island. In 2007 she created Project UFO (www.ProjectUFO.ca) to promote public awareness of the issues surrounding invasive species. Due to her outreach and curriculum development efforts, she was awarded the NSERC award for Science Promotion and the Halifax Discovery Centre Science Champion Award in 2010.

Steve Sutherland,  Host of CBC's Information Morning Program.

Steve studied journalism at the University of King's College, then worked as a freelancer with CBC Radio in Halifax.

In 1998, he moved back home to Cape Breton to take a job as a correspondent for Maritime Noon. Steve's work has taken him to all the compass points on the island, from the wharves of Eskasoni, Arichat, and Bay St Lawrence to the coasts of Port Hood, Point Aconi, and Main-A-Dieu; he's plied the waves off Louisbourg in a lobster boat, motored into Whycocomagh Bay in an oyster barge, and hung out the back hatch of a Canadian Forces Buffalo aircraft at 12,000 feet.

His stories have been recognized by the Atlantic Journalism Awards, the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, and the Atlantic Provinces Council on the Sciences. In 2004, he was awarded a fellowship with the U.S.-based Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources.

Host: Dr. Matthias BierenstielFaculty Liaison for Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor, Inorganic Chemistry, Cape Breton University

Project UFO (Unidentified Foreign Organisms) is a collaborative initiative between scientists, research assistants, and students at Cape Breton University (CBU) and Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP) Cape Breton to increase public awareness about the invasive alien species that threaten our regional ecosystems.

Project UFO encourages people to observe and report the alien species they see. It also teaches them how they can avoid being part of the problem.

 The primary objectives are to better understand the status of invasive species on Cape Breton Island and to inform environmental stakeholders about the best way to prevent the introduction or spread of these alien invaders.
The first goal, says Katherine Jones, is to teach people a little basic biology. “If you’re going to train citizens to look out for alien species, they first need to know what native species are here.”

To register for this session contact Eileen Smith-Piovesan. Registration closes March 13, 2012. Light refreshments will be served.