As Full Professor, Past Director and Academic Program Coordinator for the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University, Karen is committed to protecting and improving natural habitats, especially in Nova Scotia, where she now lives in Halifax. She has complemented her 1986 BLA degree with an MA in Geography from the University of Waterloo and an Interdisciplinary PhD from Dalhousie University. Her research focuses on designing large, regional landscape plans for biodiversity conservation in the context of climate change. Karen chairs the Nova Scotia Crown Share Land Legacy Trust, providing matching funds to land trusts to conserve ecologically significant private lands. At the same time, she is a world-class triathlete, recently competing in world-championship long-distance and Ironman races. Karen is also noted for her energy, optimism, professionalism, and strong sense of ethics as she continues her stellar academic career.
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