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Environment & Agriculture Research Team

Dr. Mathew Vankoughnett
Dr. Mathew Vankoughnett

Research Scientist

Mat is a terrestrial ecosystem ecologist with an interest in biogeochemical cycling, plant ecology, ecophysiology, microbial ecology, and global change ecology. After spending years working on climate change, it was a natural transition to move onto his role at NSCC. Working across different scales of observation, Mat links resource acquisition at the level of the individual, to community dynamics, and overall ecosystem function.

With a strong understanding of ecological patterns and processes, Mat’s research combines studies of basic ecological questions with applied research, to overcome real-world environmental problems. Mat holds a Ph.D in Biology from the University of Western Ontario.

Alicia Daniel
Alicia Daniel

Research Associate

Alicia joined the EATlab in 2018, and possess a Masters of Applied Geomatics from Acadia University, as well as a Bachelor of Science from Mount Allison University. Alicia is determining agricultural land classification for the province using a suite of geospatial and web application techniques.

Bill Livingstone (P.Eng)
Bill Livingstone (P.Eng)

Research Project Manager

Leading drone mapping projects out of COGS, Project Manager Bill Livingstone has many years of management experience participating in and directing large and small research projects in both academic and private sector environments. He also has experience utilizing remote sensing technologies and has been involved in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) research for the past few years. Bill’s other research interest involves the use of location-based technologies to assist Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in developing competitive advantages through spatial analytics.


Bill’s education includes a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Acadia University, a B.Eng. in Industrial Engineering from TUNS (now part of Dalhousie University) and a M. A. Sc. in Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo. He later completed the Advanced Diploma program in Business GIS at the College of Geographic Sciences in Lawrencetown.

Ian Manning
Ian Manning

Research Associate 

Ian works on projects involving UAV mapping technology in the agriculture and natural resource sectors. He is a COGS graduate (Advanced Ian works on projects involving UAV mapping technology in the agriculture and natural resource sectors. He is a COGS graduate (Advanced Diploma in Geographic Information Systems) and is currently completing his MSc. in Applied Geomatics at Acadia University.

Paul Illsley
Paul Illsley

Research Associate

Paul has over 35 years of photographic experience with a specialty in research imaging, photomicrography, and airborne imaging. His images have been published by National Geographic, used by The Royal Canadian Mint in the form of a coin and by Canada Post in the form of a stamp. His work has also been featured in international publications, Parks Canada, and other national and international government organizations.

Paul is an award-winning graduate and former Instructor of Remote Sensing and Digital Mapping in the Cartography department at the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS). He has experience developing compact airborne imaging systems and has been a cartographic consultant for the Discovery Channel and underwater imaging consultant for the History Channel.

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