Atlantic Water Network has a small but mighty team of avid water monitors. We draw upon the work of past students, employees and volunteers who have brought the Network to where it is today. Read the bios below of our current team who works to provide resources and equipment to our Community Partners throughout Atlantic Canada.

David Hodd


A recent migrant to Canada, David has made the City of Lakes – Dartmouth – his new home. David worked in the UK for two decades in community-led environmental stewardship with charities like the National Trust and for government agencies, before getting an opportunity to move to Nova Scotia with his family in 2019. Enabling and empowering individuals and communities to better understand collaborate and act for natural spaces near to them is what drives David’s work. In his spare time you might find him hiking or canoeing with his scout group, or more quietly taking photos and botanising.

Siena Armstrong

Freshwater Engagement Coordinator

Siena grew up in Southern Ontario and San Francisco, where they developed a love of the ocean and conservation. After traveling across Canada and Guatemala, they moved to Halifax in 2019 to begin studies at Dalhousie University, where they have just finished their fourth year towards a BSc in Oceanography and Sustainability, alongside an Intercultural Communication Certificate. Outside of work and studies, Siena enjoys spending their time gardening, curled up with a cat and a book, or working on any number of assorted handcrafts.

Laura Chandler

Program Manager

Laura joined the Atlantic Water Network team in 2019. In her role as Program Manager, she works closely with communities as they build and grow their water monitoring programs. Passionate about effective science communication, Laura is thrilled to see water data come to life and inspire local environmental change. Laura holds a BMath and MMath in Applied Math through the Collaborative Water Program at the University of Waterloo. Born and raised in the prairies, Laura is enjoying every chance she gets to explore the rugged coastal landscapes that Atlantic Canada has to offer.

Lauren MacDonald

Equipment and Training Coordinator

Lauren MacDonald will be joining our team this summer as the equipment and training coordinator. She is entering her final year at Dalhousie University majoring in biology and minoring in sustainability and Indigenous studies. In her spare time Lauren enjoys all things outdoors as well as taking care of her plants. Lauren is passionate about environmental stewardship and is thrilled to be apart of the Atlantic Water Network team this summer.

Steering Committee:

Sarah Weston, Chair

Senior Associate, ESG Partners Inc.

Levi Cliche

Executive Director, Clean Annapolis River Project.

Ben Whalen

Manager, Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee.

Donald Killorn

Executive Director, P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture.

Matt Atkinson

Vice President, Pace Group.

Former Staff

Emma Wattie

Amanda Doucette

Anthony Hartnell-Arrom 

Aislin Livingstone

Zaina Lamontagne

Becca Seward

Eleanor Friddell

Noah D’Ascanio

Sade Stacey

Patrick Leclair

Jessie Smith

Alex Webb

Science Advisory Committee:

Emma Garden

Physical Science Specialist, Indigenous Science Division, ECCC.

Allen Beck

Restoration Specialist, Clean Foundation.

Nikki Kroetsch

PSEC Community Engagement Coordinator, Nearshore Ecosystems, Ecosystems Science, DFO.

Lauren Timlick


Jérôme Marty

Executive Director, International Association for Great Lakes Research.

Natalie Deseta

Water Coordinator, New Brunswick Government Environmental Science Section.

Lisa Peters


Sam Ouelette


Cameron Deacoff

Surface Water Specialist, Nova Scotia Environment & Climate Change.

Linda Campbell

Professor, Saint Mary’s University.