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Applied 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.

Jenna Bekkers
Jenna Bekkers
Research Assistant

Jenna Bekkers is a research assistant with the Applied Environment and Agriculture Technology Research Lab (EATLab). She joined the team in the spring of 2021 after having graduated from the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Plant Science program at Dalhousie University. Jenna grew up on a farm and this interest led to an attraction towards conducting agricultural research.

Jenna brings more than two years of wide interdisciplinary research and practical experience in the indoor and outdoor agricultural sector, such as greenhouse production, pest management, landscape horticulture, and food production. Interestingly, Jenna holds the distinction of being the only member of the Applied Research department to have her small aircraft pilot’s licence and is looking to adapt her love for flying to advancing the unmanned aerial vehicles agricultural research being conducted in the EATLab.

Taylor Brown
Taylor Brown
Research Associate

Taylor Brown is a research associate with the Applied Environment and Agriculture Technology Research Lab (EATLab). After taking an undergrad at Acadia in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Taylor pursued her master’s at Dalhousie in Marine Management. Taylor has worked for both industry and government over the past several years as an environmental scientist and consultant where she has worked on many projects that widened her experience with environmental assessments, land management, soil management, sustainable food systems, the circular economy, renewable energy systems and wastewater management. 

Taylor continues her passion for land management and sustainable food systems through the establishment of her own farm and her work with EATLab.