Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) : Institut de recherche du Mersey Tobeatic


MTRI is a non-profit co-operative with a mandate to promote sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity conservation in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve and beyond through research, education, and the operation of a field station.

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First Annual Science Conference (2012)

In 2012, MTRI hosted its First Annual Science Conference. The conference was held at the Westfield Community Center on November 2-3, 2012. The three main goals of the conference included (1) sharing results of research, monitoring and stewardship projects focused on biodiversity, species at risk, forest ecosystems and freshwater wetlands of southwestern Nova Scotia, (2) identifying gaps in collective scientific knowledge and suggesting ways to address them, and (3) strengthening collaboration among researchers and discussing ideas for future directions.

The conference hosted just over 90 individuals and had 38 presentations. The schedule covered two full days of presentations and discussions with presentations covering topics including aquatic health, species at risk, forest health and landscape connectivity. PDF versions of powerpoints can be viewed for each of the presentations by accessing the schedule.


 Kelly Biagi giving her talk on the "Remote assessment of instantaeous changes in water chemistry after liming in a Nova Scotia catchment".