Meet the Coastal Action Team

Brooke Nodding


Executive Director:

Coastal Action's present Executive Director and overall project leader/manager is Brooke Nodding. Ms. Nodding is a graduate from Acadia University with a BScH in Environmental Science. She has spent time with both Environment Canada (National Office of Pollution Prevention, Hull, PQ) and Fisheries & Oceans Canada (Habitat Management Division, Dartmouth, NS) before accepting her present position with Coastal Action. Her background is in fluvial dynamics, aquatic habitat management, conservation management planning, and community-based stewardship initiatives. Brooke has been the Executive Director of Coastal Action since May 2001.

Shanna Fredericks

ShannaAssistant Director :

Shanna is a graduate of Mount Allison University (B.Sc. Biology) and James Cook University in Australia (M.Sc. Protected Area Management). She has recently returned to the East Coast after living in Vancouver, B.C. for several years where she worked as a Biologist at a Federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Her special interests include environmental education, ornithology, and species at risk conservation. Shanna lives in Martin's Point with her husband, and in her spare time she enjoys hiking, birdwatching, and camping.

Jennifer McKinnon

JennyGraphic Designer & Field Biologist:

Jennifer is a graduate of Dalhousie University (B.Sc. Biology) and Holland College (Dip. Graphic Design) working as a graphic designer and field biologist for Coastal Action. Her special interests include species at risk science and stewardship, nature interpretation and writing, and combining art with science to create memorable learning experiences. Past projects include work with Parks Canada, St. Margaret's Bay Stewardship Association, Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, and the Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve. She enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, writing, painting, gardening, cooking, and being with family and friends. 🙂

Andrew Breen

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Atlantic Whitefish Project Coordinator:

Andrew Breen is a graduate of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Program at Malaspina University - College, Nanaimo, B.C. While in British Columbia, he was employed by Seamount Consulting and Timberwest conducting fisheries and wildlife work within the forestry industry. This work included supervising an electro-fishing field crew and underwater diving on Marine Log Dump Sites. He also worked at various Salmon Enhancement Facilities and aboard commercial salmon fishing boats. He is presently employed by Coastal Action as a Fisheries Technician and Project Coordinator for the Atlantic Whitefish Recovery Project. Andy also assists at several local schools with the Nova Scotia Salmon Associations "Fish Friends Program" and other educational events. Andy has lived in Chester for 14 years with his wife, Heather and their 3 children; Maria, Ana, and Ben.

Danielle Pernette

Danielle PAmerican Eel Project Coordinator:

Danielle grew up in Crescent Beach, Nova Scotia and spent a lot of her childhood along the coastal shores and being outside, sparking her interest in nature. Danielle graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a BSc in Biology in May 2011. She has past experience from her time spent with the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute working on loon research and public outreach activities. Danielle started working with Coastal Action in 2011 as the Project Coordinator for the Roseate Tern Recovery Project and is now the Project Coordinator for the American Eel and Elver Projects. Danielle has also taken on the role of public education and outreach coordinator for the organization. Outside of the office she loves camping, canoeing, hiking, and being outside.

Emma Kinley

EmmaWetland Projects Coordinator:

Emma is a local from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. She joined Coastal Action in the summer of 2013 and returned in the following summer of 2014. She works on the Watershed Projects focusing on wetland assessments and wetland restoration for Coastal Action. Emma graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with an Advanced, B. Sc. in Environmental Science with a focus of Climate and Water. Her studies continued at Acadia University where she took a few geology courses. In her spare time Emma enjoys hiking, kayaking, music listening, eating yummy foods and spending time socializing with family and friends.

Ariel Smith

DSC_5568Marine Debris & Solid Waste Project Coordinator:

Ariel is originally from Vancouver, B.C and moved to Lunenburg in May 2015 after finishing her first year as a Masters of Environmental Assessment student at Montréal’s Concordia University. Her undergraduate degree was in Bachelor of International Studies from New Brunswick’s St. Stephen University with a focus on environmental conservation in the last year of her degree at the University of British Columbia, graduating in 2012. During her bachelor degree Ariel traveled to Southeast Asia and Western Europe to learn more about international social and environmental justice issues for two months at a time. Ariel graduated from Concordia University in the spring of 2017 with a Masters of Environmental Assessment (MEnv). Her training has provided experience in project proposals including a proposal for potential protected areas in northern Quebec using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software to determine ecologically and culturally sensitive hot-spots. Other than her passion for environmental issues, Ariel loves to write and play music, hike, travel, and spend time with her family.


Clare Kellock

Clare Kellock
Education & Climate Change Project Coordinator:

Clare has returned to Coastal Action to work as the Program Coordinator for the Morton Centre Earth Education Programs. She calls Gaspereau home; a community located just outside of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, where she recently graduated from Acadia University with a B.A. in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and a minor in Biology. Clare’s work experience includes working as a Field Technician in the Wildlife Division of DNR, a Remediation Assistant at Environment Canada, and most recently, as a farm labourer for an organic vegetable farm in the Annapolis Valley. She is eager to contribute to the Coastal Action team and build on what she learned working at the Morton Centre last year to make this year’s programs even better. Her other interests include gardening, cooking, fermentation, farmer’s market hopping, reading, writing, running, yoga, and being in or near the ocean as often as possible.

Sam Reeves

Sam on a boat
Watershed & Agricultural Projects Coordinator:

Sam is a graduate of the Natural Resources Environmental Technology Program at Nova Scotia Community College Lunenburg Campus. In 2014 he started working at Coastal Action on the LaHave River Watershed Project as part of the Clean Foundation’s Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps (NSYCC). During the months of July and August 2014 he worked closely with the LaHave River Project crew at Coastal Action as a field technician and was able to help complete a variety of projects such as digger log implementation and stream assessments. In the summer of 2015 he returned to Coastal Action working as a field technician on the Petitie River Watershed Project. After completing a year at Cape Breton University completing a BET Environmental Studies program he came back once again as a project coordinator. His special interests include species at risk, habitat restoration, invasive species control, pollution control and public consultation. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, hunting, boating, and going to the gym.

Philip Longue

Fisheries Technician:

Philip is a local resident of the Bridgewater area. Previously employed by Department of Oceans and Fisheries for 12 years conducting various research and monitoring activities involving fish species. He has worked with several aquatic and marine species such as the Atlantic Whitefish, Atlantic Salmon, American Eel, Gaspereau and Striped Bass. His range of experience varies from operating fishways to conducting many types of field research using different types of gear such as rotary screw traps, seines and floating traps. He is also certified for backpack and boat electrofishing. Phillip began working on the Atlantic Whitefish project as a fisheries technician for Department of Fisheries in 1999 when it first began. He then explored several other projects in the future years, residing back to the Atlantic Whitefish Recovery Project in 2012. With a passion for the outdoors and his fisheries experience, Philip enjoys all aspects of his role as a fisheries technician for the Coastal Action. Being a local fisherman, having witnessed the decrease in the Atlantic Whitefish population in the past years, Phillip contributes a major role when it comes to conducting research for the conservation of this species.

Blaire Slaunwhite

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 American Eel Field Technician:

Blaire grew up in  Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia,  with a love for wildlife and being outdoors. Blaire is a graduate from the Natural Resources Environmental Technology Program at NSCC Lunenburg Campus, as well as the Bachelor of Engineering Technology- Environmental Studies program at Cape Breton University.  She joined Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation in 2014 working on the LaHave River and Petite Riviere watershed projects but now works mainly on the American Eel project. In her spare time, she enjoys paddle boarding, horseback riding, hiking, painting, fitness, and spending time with friends and family.

Sarah MacLeod

Water Quality Technician:

A long way from her home, Sarah was raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta, but has now decided to call Nova Scotia home.  After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from St. Francis Xavier University in 2014, Sarah received her Master of Science degree from Dalhousie in 2017, specializing in hydrochemistry. While doing her Master’s, Sarah studied water chemistry trends in the Kejimkujik National Park, and eventually fell in love with field work and data analysis. Now joining the team at Coastal Action as the Water Quality Technician, Sarah plans to combine her love for computer analysis and programming with her passion for the environment. When not getting lost in the woods for the sake of science, Sarah spends time with her dog, and takes part in aerial silks and trapeze classes.

Samantha Battaglia

Stormwater Management Projects Technician:

Samantha is a landscape designer and planner that joined Coastal Action after graduating from the Conway School in Western Massachusetts with a MSc in Ecological Design. At Coastal Action, she is part of the climate change adaptation project team where she focuses on stormwater management design. With a multidisciplinary background, Samantha brings strong skills in digital and hand graphics, community engagement and ecological system analysis. When she isn't geeking out over plants, you can find her making art or spending time outdoors: whitewater canoeing, hiking, cycling, gardening or foraging.

Shawn Feener

LaHave River Invasive Species Project Coordinator:

Shawn is a graduate of the Wildlife Conservation Technology Program at Holland College, PEI. In the summer of 2016 Shawn worked for Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation on the Atlantic Whitefish Recovery Project and is now coordinating the LaHave River Invasive Species Project. He is currently enrolled in a BSc in Environment and Natural Resources, majoring in wildlife conservation, at the University of New Brunswick. Shawn is a Lunenburg county resident, calling Middlewood home. His special interests include fish biology, invasive species control, and species at risk. His hobbies include hiking, birding, fishing, and hunting.