The work of the Acadia Tidal Energy Institute is driven by a multidisciplinary team from Acadia University faculty, researchers, staffstudents, and by partnerships with industry, communities, other academic institutions, government and non-governmental organizations.




       Dr. Anna Redden

       Director, Acadia Tidal Energy Institute
       Director, Acadia Centre for Estuarine Research
       Professor, Biology

       Areas of Expertise: Marine Ecology & Effects Monitoring



      Dr. Richard Karsten

       Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
       Acadia Centre for Mathematical Modelling
       & Computation

       Area of Expertise: Resource Assessment



       Dr. Graham Daborn

       Professor Emeritus, Biology

       Area of Expertise: Environmental Studies


      Dr. John Colton

      Professor, Community Development Program

      Areas of Expertise: Sustainable Community Development
      Socio-Economic Impacts of Marine Renewable Energy


       Dr. Shelley MacDougall

       Professor Emeritus, Business Administration

       Areas of Expertise: Finance
       Socio-Economic Impacts of Marine Renewable Energy

















Research Associates


       Dr. Brian Sanderson

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Associate Member


       Meghan Swanburg, P. Eng

       Project Manager, Acadia University




Current & Recent Staff and Research Assistants



Name Supervisor Term Role
Elizabeth Nagel Richard Karsten 2018 - 2019 (FT)

Project manager, Tidal Energy Institute

Margaret Hopkins Anna Redden Summer, 2017

Tidal energy/environment outreach projects

Elizabeth Nagel Anna Redden Summer, 2016 Tidal Energy Atlas Project, ATEI/FERN support
Freya Keyser Anna Redden September 2015 - 2016 (FT)

Researcher. fish related projects

Connor Sanderson Anna Redden 2013 - 2017

Research assistant

Meghan Swanburg Anna Redden 2013 - 2017, (FT)

Project manager, FERN & Tidal Energy Institute

Jeremy Broome Anna Redden 2011 - 2015 (FT)

Manager of Research Operations, ACER

Erin Beazley Anna Redden Summer, 2011 Fundy Energy Research Network assistant
Matthew Baker Anna Redden Summer, 2011 Fish tracking in Minas Passage, Carleton Watershed
Colin Buhariwalla

Anna Redden

Summer, 2010 Fish Tracking in Minas Passage
Lisa Isaacman

Anna Redden

2010 - 2015 (FT) Coordinator, Fundy Energy Research Network




Postdoctoral Fellows


Name Supervisor Term Project
Haley Viehman Anna Redden September 2016 - December 2018

Acoustic detection of fish (Mitacs/FORCE)




Current & Recent Masters and Honours Students



Student Supervisor Level of study Completion year Thesis Title
Jayden Alp John Colton BCD Hons 2023 Small Scale Tidal Energy in Southwest Nova Scotia: Challenges and Opportunities
Lilli Enders Richard Karsten MSc 2022 Flow Characteristics at a Turbulent Tidal Energy Site in the Minas Passage
Mike Adams Anna Redden/Brian Sanderson MSc 2020 Using a drifting hydrophone array to obtain positions of Atlantic harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and analyze their vocalizations and swimming behaviour
Jeremy Locke Richard Karsten MSc 2019 X-band marine radar as a site assessment tool in the Minas Passage
Caitlin Lawrence John Colton MRM 2019

Social License and Tidal Energy Development in Nova Scotia, Canada

Mike Adams Anna Redden BSc Hons 2018 Application of a Multi-Hydrophone Drifter and Porpoise Detection Software for Monitoring Atlantic Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) Activity in and near Minas Passage
Emma-Lynn Wallace John Colton BCD Hons 2017

Exploring community engagement in tidal energy development: Issues and challenges

Kody Crowell Richard Karsten / Franklin Mendivil BSc Hons 2017

Modelling the behaviour of Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) in the presence of in-stream tidal turbines in MInas Passage, Nova Scotia

William Kidney Richard Karsten MSc 2017

Statistical surrogate modelling of a deterministic financial model for tidal energy generation

Matthew Baker Anna Redden MSc 2019

Examination of the use of Intertidal Weirs as Fish Monitoring Platforms in the Upper Bay of Fundy

Jonathan Smith Richard Karsten / Hugh Chipman BSc Hons 2016

Validation and calibration of tidal models in the Bay of Fundy

Andrew Balzer Richard Karsten / Pritam Ranjan MSc 2015

A Statistical Perspective on Calibration of Computer Models with Tidal Power Application

Freya Keyser Anna Redden MSc 2015

Patterns in the Movement and Distribution of Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) in Minas Basin and Minas Passage

Peter Porskamp Anna Redden MSc 2015 Detecting and Assessing Trends in Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) Presence In and Near the FORCE Test Site 
Jeremy Broome Anna Redden MSc 2014 Population Characteristics of Striped Bass in Minas Basin and Patterns of Acoustically Detected Movements within Minas Passage
Kaycee Morrison

Anna Redden

MSc 2014 Habitat and seasonal movements of the American lobster, Homarus americanus, in the Minas Basin and Minas Passage of the upper Bay of Fundy
Krystle Nowe

Shelley MacDougall / Richard Karsten

BSc Hons 2014 A Model for the Estimation of Emergency Maintenance Cost for a 10 MW Tidal Energy Conversion Installation
Aidan Bharath Richard Karsten BSc Hons 2014 3-dimensional finite volume ocean coastal modelling of the Grand Passage
Freya Keyser Anna Redden BSc Hons 2013 Temporal and spatial movement patterns of striped bass in the Minas Passage, Bay of Fundy
Jude McConnell Richard Karsten BSc Hons 2013 Tidal energy: how turbine tuning affects power generation and the environment
Mitchell O'Flaherty-Sproul Richard Karsten MSc 2013 New high and low resolution numerical models of the tidal currents through the Digby Neck passages
Lisa Visentine Shelley MacDougall BBA 2013 Capital Investment Evaluation of Renewable Energy Technology: A Finance Perspective
Melissa Beattie Shelley MacDougall BSc Hons 2012 Risk and Risk Mitigation for the Tidal Energy Industry
Natasha Furey Shelley MacDougall BBA 2012 Economic cost-benefit analysis and financing for Tidal Energy Conversion
Kaycee Morrison Anna Redden BSc Hons 2012 Bottom substrate and associated epibenthic biota of the FORCE tidal energy test site in the Minas Passage, Bay of Fundy
Lauren Fogarty Anna Redden BSc Hons 2012 Listening in the fast lane: detecting harbour porpoise activity in the Minas Passage
Amanda Swan Richard Karsten BSc Hons 2011 Modeling power output for tidal turbines
Amber Corkum Richard Karsten BSc Hons 2011 Particle swarm optimization applied to tidal turbine placement in the Minas Passage
Megan Lickley Richard Karsten BSc Hons 2009

Determining the potential for tidal power in the Bay of Fundy and optimizing turbine placement




Current & Recent Co-op Undergraduate Students



Student Supervisor Term Project
Franziska Gnann Anna Redden Summer, 2017

Tidal sites and acoustic detection of marine life

Mike Adams Anna Redden Summer and fall, 2016 Porpoise detection via hydrophones/software
Elizabeth Nagel Anna Redden Fall, 2015

GIS platform assistant, FERN

Mike Adams Anna Redden Summer, 2015

Marine mammal acoustic detection research assistant

Monica Reed Anna Redden Summer, 2013

Tidal Energy Institute assistant

Monica Reed Anna Redden Fall, 2012 Fundy Energy Research Network assistant




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