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The links below are organized into several categories. If you are interested in research or graduate studies with the Dynamic Environment & Ecosystem Health Research Laboratory at SMU, then check out the "Research & Opportunities" page.

Saint Mary's University

  • Directions to SMU Campus and offices.
  • Saint Mary's University
  • Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Environmental Science
  • Faculty of Science
  • Graduate Studies & Research
  • SMU Deaf Academics & Interpreters
  • Nova Scotia & Maritimes datasets & mapping resources

    Mi'kma'ki Place Name Atlas. Link.
    Atlantic Provinces Sign Language Place Name Map. Link.
    NS Geochemical Atlas. Link.
    GeoNova shapefiles: Link.
    Statistics Canada boundary files. Link.
    NS Datalocator Indexing System (includes aerial photography, property boundaries etc). Link.
    NS Watersheds interactive map viewer. Link.
    NS Topgraphic Database - Water Features. Link.
    NS Groundwater interactive map viewer. Link.
    NS forest ecotypes & landscapes (wetland layer is under the "Wildlife" category). Link.
    NS NovaScan Geosciences Portal. Link.
    NS LiDAR maps. Link. Info.
    NS lake inventory bythometry maps. Link.
    NS lake inventory interactive map viewer. Link.
    NS surface water quality datasets & maps. Link and Link.
    NS Freshwater fish species distribution records. Link.
    NS Fish Hatchery Stocking Records. Link.
    NS Smallmouth and Chain Pickerel Tournaments. Link.
    NovaScan Geoscience Maps & Publications database. About link. Database link.
    Patrick Donoghue's NS bug hatch chart for dry fly fishing  (insect emergence timing). Link.
    Atlantic Data Stream open access data hub. Link.
    Nature Conservacy Canada Stream & River Classification. Link.
    Nature Conservacy Northeast USA Aquatic Habitats Classification. Link.
    DataONE Community Repository. Link.
    Nova Scotia Geomatics Maps Link page. Link.
    Canadian GIS and Geospatial resources - Nova Scotia. Link.
    Angler's Atlas - citizen science & fish logbook. Link.

    Nova Scotia & Maritimes freshwater organizations, training & resources:

    Kekinamuek: Learning about the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia. PDF file.
    NSLC Adopt A Stream (includes training opportunities & resources). Link.
    Nature Conservacy of Canada Stream & River Classification team & background: Link.
    Atlantic Data Stream Community. Link.
    Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN). Link.
    Atlantic Salmon Federation. Link.
    Sackville Rivers Association (Bedford NS). Link.
    Banook Area Residents Association (Dartmouth NS). Link.
    Oathill Lake Conservation Society (Dartmouth NS). Link.
    Williams Lake Conservation Company (Halifax NS). Link.
    Eastern Charlotte Waterways (ECW), NB. Link.
    e-Tick online resources regarding ticks, tick-borne diseases & reporting ticks: Link.

    (Our research team's recommended training & permit links):

    • WHIMS 2015 for Workers (free for NS residents). Link.
    • Atlantic Water Network Wetpro water-quality monitoring course . Link.
    • DFO Scientific fish & aquatic invertebrate collection permit application: Link.
    • DFO Aquatic Species at Risk sampling permit application: Link.

    Online & open-access tools & resources for data, visualization & gear:

    Illustrations:
    • Phylopics: Link.
    • Biorender: Link.
    • IAN Watersheds imaging tools: Link.
    • Chemix online image editor for lab diagrams. Link.
    • Visible Geology (beta). Link.
    • Google AutoDraw AI: Link.
    • The Noun Project icon resource (mix of free and paid icons): Link.
    GIS & Mapping
    • QGIS GIS: Link.
    • ArcGIS Online: Link.
    • Spatial statistics resource page. Link.
    Data analyses:
    • R Statistical Computing: Link.
    • R studio: Link.
    • JASP Statistics (annotatable): Link.
    • Jamovi Open Stats software: Link.
    • DotDotGoose (for counting objects): Link.
    • Datasaurus Dozen (same stats, different graphs). Link.
    Datasets, data sharing & open data:
    • Hydroshare (US hydrology datasets): Link.
    • Atlantic Datastream: Link.
    • Idaho Virtual Museum Osteology (bone) atlas with interactive 3-d scans of skulls: Link.
    • UBC 3-d interactive scans of conifer cones: Link.
    • Figshare portal: Link.

    DIY & Open Source gear:
    Teaching resources & methods:
    • Project EDDIE classroom teaching models for large environmental datasets. (Some require R studio.) Link.
    • QUBES Hub - math & biology: Link.

    Mercury, metals and contaminants in the environment 

  • Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment
  • World Health Organization -- Environmental Health Criteria publications
  • Health Canada Handbook for Exposure Calculations PDF's: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
  • Health Canada Community Handbook PDF's: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.
  • The Guide to Eating Ontario Sportfish: Guide, Map, Database.
  • US EPA's "Mercury in the Environment" resource website.
  • Historical gold mines of Nova Scotia.
  • GSC Open File: Environmental geochemistry of tailings, sediments and surface waters collected from 14 historical gold mining districts in Nova Scotia. Parsons et al. 2012.
  • Nova Scotia Geochemical Atlas. Link.
  • Stable isotopes 

  • Common Mistakes in Stable Isotope Terminology & Phraseology: Link to FigShare chart.
  • Principles of Stable Isotope Geochemistry (2nd ed), Zachary Sharp. Open Textbook. UNM download.
  • Good Practice Guide for Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry. 2011. PDF.
  • Reference materials for stable isotopes Link & Guide to using SI reference materials by Meirer-Augestein & Shimelmann (2018).
  • Good review of stable isotopes in aquatic systems:  PDF.
  • Book overview of forensic isotope analyses. Link.
  • IAEA Manual for Use of Stable Isotopes in Entomology (enrichment studies & natural abundances). PDF. (very useful for aquatic SIA studies)
  • IAEA Application of isotope techniques for assessing nutrient dynamics in river basins. PDF.
  • IsoEcol International Conference on Application of Isotope Techniques to Ecological Studies.
  • Fish

  • FishBase: Searchable Global Database
  • Annotated checklist of Fishes of Canada
  • Fishes of Nova Scotia (Note: old document!).
  • Freshwater Fishes of New Brunswick. Link.
  • Fishes of Neuquen, Patagonia, Argentina PDF file.
  • DFO primer on identifying and protecting Ontario baitfish (good ID guide for small fish species, includes common species found across Canada): PDF file.
  • DFO Guide to Fish parasites of Canada (PDF files).
  • Part 1. Monogenea & Turbellaria.
  • Part 2. Crustacea.
  • Part 3. Acanthocephala & Cnidaria.
  • Part 4. Trematoda.
  • Osteological Atlas of the Brown Bullheads) from Nova Scotia Waters. PDF file.
  • Invertebrates

  • Aquatic Invertebrates of Eastern North America. Photographic guide (beautiful images, requires some knowledge of higher-level taxonomic characteristics). Link.
  • Nice flowchart for identifying major groups of freshwater macroinvertebrates. (SLRIES) PDF.
  • Practical Guide to Identifying Freshwater Crustacean Zooplankton. Cooperative Freshwater Ecology Unit (2004). PDF.
  • Illustrated Guide to Boreal Shield Invertebrate Benthos. Cooperative Freshwater Ecology Unit (2014). PDF.
  • Freshwater Mussels of Nova Scotia Museum Curatorial report. Link. PDF file. .
  • Freshwater Mussels of Maritime Canada: A Flashcard Guide. New Brunswick Museum. Link. PDF file.
  • North American Freshwater Snails: Introduction, Systematics, Nomenclature, Identification, Morphology, Habitats & Distribution. JB Burch. 1989. Walkerana 2(6):1-80. Freshwater Mollusk Biology & Conservation Link. PDF download.
  • Synopsis and distribution tables of land and freshwater mollusca of Nova Scotia. DS Davis. 1985. Nova Scotia Museum Curatorial Report No. 54. 33pp.  PDF Link.
  • Key to Wisconsin Freshwater Snails. Link. (with photos). By KE Perez & G Sandland.
  • Freshwater snails (Mollusca: Gastropoda) of Maine. SM Martin. 1999. Northeastern Naturalist 6(1):39-88. PDF Link.
  • Freshwater jellyfish sightings in Canada. Link.
  • Lakes & limnology

  • Bathymetric maps of Nova Scotia lakes.
  • Nova Scotia lake chemistry & morphology reports & datasets.
  • List of online aquatic environments videos & GIFs.
  • BLUE DOT Online Water Observatory Interactive Dashboard for Lake size.
  • Invasive species

  • The World Conservation Union (IUCN) - Invasive Species Specialist Group
  • The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
  • Nova Scotia Invasive Species Identification Guide. PDF.  For more information and the French version of this guide, go to: http://merseytobeatic.ca/projects-invasive-species.php.
  • Lichens

  • IM Brodo et al. 2001. Identifying lichens of Nova Scotia. PDF Link.
  • Hinds & Hinds. 2013. Simplified field key to Maine macrolichens. PDF Link.  Link to online key.
  • Lichens NS.

  • Amphibians & reptiles

  • US Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC). Link.
  • Frogwatch - Nova Scotia. Link.
  • NS Museum Reptiles & Amphibians. Link.
  • NS Herpetofaunal Atlas - Tadpoles and larvae. Link.
  • Tadpoles of United States and Canada: A Tutorial and Key. Link.
  • Canadian Herpetological Society - list of species of Canada. Link.
  • Global Ranavirus Consortium. Link. (Resources & training).
  • Ranavirus Fact Sheet. Link.
  • Amphibian Ark - Chytrid Fungus. Link.
  • Chytridiomycosis Fact Sheet. Link.
  • Dendrochronology & tree research

  • The Ultimate Tree Ring Website
  • Phipps et al. 1985. Collecting, Preparing, Crossdating, and Measuring Tree Increment Cores. USGS Report 85-4148. PDF Link.
  • The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research (U of Arizona)
  • Primer on bristlecone dendrochronology




  • Categories

    - Saint Mary's University
    - NS & Maritimes data & maps
    - NS & Maritimes freshwater organizations
    - Online analytical & illustration tools
    - Mercury, metals & contaminants
    - Stable isotopes
    - Fish
    - Invertebrates
    - Lakes
    - Invasive species
    Lichens
    - Amphibians and reptiles
    - Dendrochronology

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