Dr. Danika Van Proosdij, St. Mary’s University


Danika Van Proosdij

Associate Professor, St. Mary’s University, Department of Geography
Director of the Intertidal Coastal Sediment Transport (In_CoaST) Research Unit
Coordinator of the Maritime Provinces Spatial Analysis Research Center (MP_SpARC)

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Dr. Van Proosdij is the Director of the Intertidal Coastal Sediment Transport (In_CoaST) Research Unit and Coordinator of the Maritime Provinces Spatial Analysis Research Center (MP_SpARC). In addition, she is an active member of SMaRTS (Salt Marsh and Restricted Tidal Sytems) working group of the Bay of Fundy ecosystem partnership and she acts as a scientific consultant to CB Wetlands and Environmental Specialists that is responsible for the majority of coastal ecosystem restoration projects in Nova Scotia. Finally, Danika works closely with the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture (Land Protection, Resource Stewardship) and the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Public Works, advocating the use of environmentally sustainable coastal engineering protection works to mitigate the effects of climate change, particularly sea level rise.

Danika Van Proosdij is a coastal geomorphologist with a background in physical geography, biology and geomatics that specializes in process geomorphology and biogeography of intertidal ecosystems. Most of her current research focuses on the ecomorphodynamics (study of the interaction and feedbacks that occur between topography, biota, hydrodynamics and sedimentary processes and the resultant adjustments of morphology) of macrotidal ecosystems at a range of spatial and temporal scales and how human activities and climate change influence these processes.