Tony M. Bowron 902-802-1261
Nancy C. Neatt 902.476.4550
CBWES Inc. prides itself on its ability to utilize some of the most innovative and successful ecological restoration, shoreline stabilization and climate change adaptation techniques known around the world. In collaboration with our academic partners at Saint Mary’s University, we have been engaged in leading edge projects and research in the areas of native habitat restoration (i.e. tidal wetlands), climate change adaptation, ecology of coastal barrens, and green roof technology.
Our multidisciplinary Team takes a collaborative approach to all of our projects, blending practical experience with scientific understanding to meet our clients’ needs.
Tony M. Bowron, B.Sc., MES
Coastal Wetland Ecologist
President, Director, CBWES Inc.
Tony is a founding Director, President and Coastal Wetland Ecologist with CBWES. He has been working on coastal wetland monitoring and restoration projects in Nova Scotia since 1998 and is an internationally recognized tidal wetland restoration and monitoring practitioner. His education and employment experience has focused on coastal ecology, biology and the environment, with emphasis on the monitoring and restoration of coastal and wetland habitats. He has worked for both governmental and non-governmental organizations on the issue of coastal habitat protection and restoration; chaired the Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership’s Salt Marsh and Restricted Tidal Systems Working Group; is a member of the Gulf of Maine Council's Subcommittee on Habitat Restoration, and of the former Global Program of Action Coalition for the Gulf of Maine; and is an adjunct professor in the Environmental Science Program at Saint Mary’s University. Tony’s work on tidal wetland restoration projects throughout Nova Scotia has encompassed all aspects of project development and management through to implementation and long-term ecological monitoring. He has collaborated on a number of academic, NGO and community-based stewardship initiatives relating to coastal wetland research, education and restoration, as well as living shorelines and climate change adaptation.
Tony has taken Paul Adamus’ (Ph.D) Wetland Ecosystem Services Protocol for the United States (WESPUS) wetland functional assessment training workshop (2013); Kevin L. Erwin’s (Consulting Ecologist Inc.) Urban Wetland Restoration Course (2012); the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 40 hour Wetland Identification, Delineation and Classification certification program (2006); and Dr. Robert Newbury’s (Newbury Hydraulics) Stream Restoration: Design and Monitoring course (2008).
Tony and Nancy were awarded a Gulf of Maine Visionary Award in 2011 “in appreciation of their dedication and commitment to salt marsh restoration in the Gulf Of Maine Watershed, continued promotion of the Gulf of Maine Salt marsh Restoration Guide and commitment to provide recommendations for continuous improvement of best management practices. CBWES utilize some of the most innovative and successful salt marsh restoration techniques known around the world.”
Nancy C. Neatt, B.Sc., MMM
Coastal Marine Ecologist & Wetland Delineator
Director, CBWES Inc.
Nancy is a founder and Coastal Marine Ecologist with CBWES. She has worked in the field of tidal wetland restoration, monitoring and protection since 2002, through undergraduate and Master’s level education, as well as non-governmental and government work prior to CBWES. Nancy has received formal training in tidal wetland restoration and monitoring (GPAC Protocols) through the Humbolt Field Research Institute (Maine USA) in 2006; wetland identification and delineation through the Maritime College of Forest Technology in 2010; and wetland functional assessment based on the Wetland Ecosystem Services Protocol for the United States (WESPUS) (2013). She has worked on all facets of tidal wetland restoration projects from feasibility studies and design, to development and implementation of long-term ecological monitoring programs. Nancy has also managed the field aspects of low-altitude aerial photography to assist in restoration project development, project site assessments, and to track long-term habitat change. She has recently gained hands on experience with living shorelines techniques and applications for natural coastal and riverine bank stabilization.
Jennie Graham, B.Sc., Adv.Dip.RS., M.Sc.
Geomatics Specialist & Field Botanist
Jennie began working with CBWES in the spring of 2007 following graduation from the College of Geographic Sciences (COGS) Advanced Diploma program, which was preceded by a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Mary’s University (SMU) in Environmental Studies and Geography. In 2010, she returned to SMU as an NSERC scholarship award recipient to complete a Master of Applied Science degree. Her academic pursuits have given her extensive experience with Geographical Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing technology (including low-altitude orthorectified aerial photography), hydrologic modeling, DEM construction, and habitat mapping. She also has attained a thorough understanding of the function and morphology of tidal creek networks and the design of hydrologically complex wetland systems.
Jennie has combined that training with the work experience that she has gained with CBWES, to become one of the leading tidal wetland restoration project designers in Atlantic Canada. She has designed six of the largest tidal wetland restoration projects to be undertaken in Nova Scotia to date. She is also a trained wetland delineator, has extensive field experience and training in the use of a range of ecological monitoring techniques and protocols, has a specialization in hydrology and plant taxonomy and is trained in electronic database development and data management.
Danika van Proosdij, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Geography
Saint Mary's University
Danika is a Full Professor in the Department of Geography at Saint Mary’s University. Dr. van Proosdij is a coastal geomorphologist who has over 20 years of experience studying and conducting research in coastal environments ranging from coastal sand dunes and beaches on the Atlantic coast to salt marshes and mudflats in the Bay of Fundy. Her research is primarily field based with a strong geomatics and environmental focus funded primarily through NSERC industrial, OERA (tidal power), NRCAN (climate change vulnerability) and various industry partners. Her particular area of expertise relates to the ecomorphodynamics of muddy intertidal ecosystems and how these systems respond to anthropogenic activities (e.g. dyking, tidal power) and climate change. Recently this work has been expanded to include sandy systems and the adaptive capacity of small coastal communities. She was instrumental in coordinating a major grant application to the Canadian Foundation for Innovation for the Maritime Spatial Analysis Research Center, a state of the art geomatics facility in 2002 and more recently the Intertidal Coastal Sediment Transport (In_CoaST) Research Unit in 2008.
In 2009 she was awarded the Gulf of Maine Visionary Award from the Gulf of Maine Council for the Marine Environment for her commitment and innovation in researching Fundy intertidal ecosystems. She works closely with the NS Department of Agriculture and the NS Department of Transportation and Public Works, advocating the use of environmentally sustainable coastal engineering protection works, including tidal wetland restoration, to mitigate the effects of climate change. Danika has been collaborating on tidal wetland restoration and monitoring projects and research initiatives with CBWES since 2005.
Jeremy Lundholm, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biology and Environmental Studies Program
Saint Mary's University
Jeremy completed his PhD in Plant Ecology at the University of Guelph (2003). He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Biology and Environmental Science Program at Saint Mary’s University (SMU). He runs the Ecology of Plants in Communities (EPIC) Lab at SMU. He has experience in restoration ecology in coastal freshwater and marine ecosystems, as well as forests and rock barrens. Specific techniques include line-intercept and quadrat-based sampling methods for vegetation monitoring, multivariate ordination and hypothesis testing. Jeremy has provided technical review for vegetation monitoring activities, handled plant species identification, and conducted vegetation data analysis and interpretation for all of CBWES’ tidal wetland restoration projects. He has helped to develop a tidal wetland ecosystem classification for Nova Scotia. His research interests include species coexistence mechanisms, biodiversity patterns, urban ecology, green roofs and ecosystem functions.