Research Fellows

Nancy Comeau, PhD

Nancy Comeau was a Research Fellow with the Institute for Integrative Science & Health during 2005-2011. She received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (Community Health & Epidemiology, Philosophy & Psychology) from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 2003, after which she became an Adjunct Professor with the School of Health & Human Performance, Faculty of Health Professions, at Dalhousie and also a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Associate, Department of Psychology, at Dalhousie. Nancy is involved in numerous efforts with Aboriginal communities and the RCMP across Canada, to help create culturally appropriate means and venues in which young people can come to understand and stop alcohol and substance use and abuse.  Check out the website for this work:  Nancy is also a co-author, in conjunction with other researchers at Dalhousie University, of numerous academic publications that explain the research associated with this community work. .

Annamarie Hatcher, PhD

Annamarie Hatcher has been a Research Fellow with the Institute for Integrative Science & Health and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Science and Technology at Cape Breton University since 2008. She came to Cape Breton in 2005 as an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department, teaching various MSIT and Biology courses during the period 2005-2008 both on campus and in the community. Annamarie has authored various articles and delivered oral presentations on her work in Integrative Science. She currently is developing science curricula using the Two-Eyed Seeing guiding principle for Integrative Science. She obtained her BSc and MSc degrees in Biology from Dalhousie University and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Western Australia. She returned from Australia on an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship that supported her research on benthic oceanography and aquaculture at Dalhousie University. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles in several disciplines including Biology, Geology and Education.

Marilyn Iwama, PhD

Marilyn Iwama was a Research Fellow with the Institute for Integrative Science & Health at Cape Breton University during 2005-2008. She was born and raised in Saskatchewan, in a Cree, Saulteaux, Metis and Mennonite family         and grew up in Prince Albert. Marilyn currently lives in Prince George, British Columbia, where she is an Adjunct Professor in First Nations Studies and also an Adjunct Professor in English at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC).  Marilyn has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia and she has been learning about Traditional Knowledge from Elders in British Columbia and earlier during her work in Unama’ki (Cape Breton), Nova Scotia. She is the poet-author of the chapbook “I Got It From An Elder” (Gaspereau Press, 2007) in which she explores the Mi’kmaw healing tense through the understandings of Elder Murdena Marshall. Marilyn has also co-authored other written materials and delivered oral presentations on community-based research conducted by the Integrative Science team.

Keith Willliams, BEd, MSc

Keith Williams has been a Research Fellow with the Institute for Integrative Science & Health at Cape Breton University since 2008. He is a mycologist and ethnobotanist, and is in his second decade of working in the field of community development. He has taught and/or conducted research at the post-secondary level in Canada, the Middle East, Sri Lanka, and Eastern Europe and is involved in various initiatives related to poverty reduction and sustainable use of natural resources. During the period 2010-2011, Keith worked in Prince George, British Columbia, as Applied Research Project Developer at the College of New Caledonia's Institute for Learning, Teaching, and Research.  He then returned to Nova Scotia to work for a short term as a horticultural consultant with AgraPoint.  He currently lives in Kentville, NS, where he works as a free lance consultant.