Amy Buckland-Nicks



Amy CURA H2O Profile 2MES Candidate


Amy conducted her Master of Environmental Studies research on community-based water monitoring, as part of the Community University Research Alliance Project on Water (CURA H2O) based at St. Mary’s University. She was a member of the HEC Lab from 2012 until her graduation from Dalhousie University in 2015. Amy was drawn to the topic of community-based water monitoring and its use in watershed management as it combined her interests in community engagement, participatory governance, watershed protection, and scientific monitoring. Amy is from Antigonish, Nova Scotia and enjoys exploring the beautiful hiking trails in this province.

Current Position: 

Green Technology Intern/Researcher for the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute


Keys to success: Looking at the socio-political and economic factors that impact the integration of community-based watershed monitoring in decision-making.


Community-based watershed monitoring (CBWM) is when volunteers collect water quality information on a watershed. CBWM has potential to fill the gap of water monitoring in Canada, however there are many barriers to using it in decision-making. Some watershed groups have successfully linked their monitoring data with decision-makers and these rare cases have yet to be fully explored. This study seeks to explore factors such as trust and credibility that influence the sharing of CBWM data. Three to five case studies of successes will be selected from across Canada. Semi-structured interviews will be conducted with watershed group leaders and decision-makers connected to the groups.


2012-2013 SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship

2013 Clean Nova Scotia Scholarship

2007-2013 Acadia Entrance Scholarship


2010 NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award

2010 Arthur Irving Academy for the Environment Student Leadership Award

Conference Presentations:

Blair, J.B., Buckland-Nicks, A. & Garda, C. (August 13, 2013). Exploring graduate student research in community-based approaches to water monitoring and management. Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference. August 11-15, 2013. St. John’s, NFLD.

Poster Presentations:

Buckland-Nicks, A., Castleden, H., and Conrad, C. (March 15, 2013). Bridging the gap: Linking community-based watershed monitoring data with decision-makers [Master’s thesis proposal]. 9th Annual Sustainability and Environmental Research Symposium, Dalhousie University, Halifax.


2013-2014 Water Economics, Governance, and Policy Network Partnership Grant