Director, Acadia Tidal Energy Institute (ATEI)
Director, Acadia Centre for Estuarine Research (ACER)
Office: War Memorial House, Room 142
Dr. Anna Redden is a marine ecologist and professor in Biology, with degrees from Acadia University (BScHon, MSc) and Memorial University (PhD). Her postdoctoral work was conducted in Australia, after which she was appointed to a faculty position at Newcastle University in New South Wales, Australia. She returned to Nova Scotia and to Acadia in 2005 to assume the positions of Associate Professor in Biology and Director of the Acadia Centre for Estuarine Research.
Dr. Redden has over 30 years of experience working on a broad range of environmental issues and effects monitoring in coastal waters. This includes environmental studies at North America’s only Tidal Power Plant in Annapolis Royal during the 1980s, contributions to ecosystem modelling workshops on the consequences of an Upper Bay of Fundy tidal barrage (early 1980s), and recent research with local tidal energy project developers at the FORCE tidal power demonstration facility in the Minas Passage, Bay of Fundy. Anna’s research activities with collaborators and students at Acadia involve understanding how marine animals utilise high flow environments. This involves tracking the movements of coastal fishes and lobsters, assessing marine mammal activity patterns and investigations of sediment-animal relationships.
Dr. Redden is the co-founder and co-executive chair of the Fundy Energy Research Network (FERN), established in 2010 to assist the province, FORCE, the emerging tidal energy industry and the research community in working collaboratively to address a range of environmental, engineering and socio-economic needs and challenges. She serves as the Canadian lead for the Annex IV, established to examine environmental effects of marine renewable energy (MRE) development and also served as a Director on the Board of the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) from 2009-2016.