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Alison Copeland


Bermuda Government, Department of Conservation Services as the coordinator for the Bermuda Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (BSAP).

At Memorial I completed a Master of Science degree in Geography co-supervised by Drs Evan Edinger and Trevor Bell. For my thesis I used a multibeam sonar dataset, underwater videos and seabed samples of sediment and marine life, to create a seafloor habitat map of the Newman Sound fiord in Terra Nova National Park.

At present, I work for the Bermuda Government, Department of Conservation Services as the coordinator for the Bermuda Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (BSAP). http://www.conservation.bm/biodiversity-action-plan/?SSScrollPosition=80

My geography degrees and my experience at Memorial have been an asset in my current job. As geographers, we are taught to look at the ‘big picture.’ During my degree I learned to consider all aspects of the biological and physical environment, and how these are influenced and impacted by social attitudes, practices and policies. This way of thinking is an asset in my current role, as biodiversity is such a broad topic, and the Action Plan deals with all aspects of species and habitat management, research, public awareness, education, government programmes and policies.

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