Research & Education
The Harrison Lewis Coastal Discovery Centre is an active research facility and member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations that hosts field researchers from various academic institutions, as well as between four to six university-level summer field courses annually. In this capacity, the organization can act as a liaison between researchers, research institutions, other NGOs, government, and the community, as well as undertake our own research and outreach projects within the local area. Here is a look at some of the research and education initiatives we're involved with:
Motus Wildlife Tracking System
The Harrison Lewis Centre is a receiving station in the Motus Wildlife Tracking System network.
The antenna on the side of our main building connects to an automated telemetry receiver, which listens for signals from radio transmitter tags attached to small flying organisms like migratory birds, bats, and insects.
Dalhousie University SeaSide Summer Program
Offered through the Biology Department, SEASIDE courses provide undergraduates with hands-on training in species identification, sampling, and other practical skills, while studying certain ecosystems or focusing on the biology of algae, plants, insects, sharks, birds, or marine mammals. The Harrison Lewis Centre hosts a variety of SEASIDE classes such as ornithology, medical entomology, spatial information & GIS in ecology, and field aquaculture.
Carters Beach public outreach and stewardship project
Carters Beach is a complex and dynamic protected ecosystem that is rich in biodiversity and cultural history. Recently, Carters Beach has become increasingly popular, and can have hundreds of visitors on a hot summer day. Increased visitation is causing many impacts to the landscape and ecology of the area including; dune erosion, disturbance to wildlife, unintended walking trails, human waste in the back dunes and improper garbage disposal.
For the spring & summer of 2018, the Harrison Lewis Centre, in collaboration with Nova Scotia Environment Protected Areas Branch and the Clean Foundation have hired a Public Outreach Summer Student to help address some of these issues and build community relationships
Ticks, Tick-Borne Disease & Climate Change
In the fall of 2018, the Harrison Lewis Coastal Discovery Centre will be embarking on a collaborative research project on ticks, tick-borne disease and climate change with a science team from Dalhousie University. More information coming soon.