At the moment, Halifax Tree Project is not a formal organization. It has no charter, no registration, and no bank account. It is a loose affiliation of like-minded people, mostly associated with - either now or in the past - with Dalhousie’s School for Resource and Environmental Studies.

In the future, we may decide to form an organization. For the time being, we will accomplish our joint aims informally and through this website.



Peter Duinker, Lead

Having worked with with trees in many different capacities throughout his life, Peter has come to create the Halifax Tree Project as he retires from his career as a Professor in the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University.  

Read more about Peter. 


Julietta Sorensen Kass, Team Member

Julietta found her niche studying under Peter Duinker at Dalhousie. Having studied Environmental Science at the University of Lethbridge with an eye towards naturalization in the urban environment, urban forests were right up her alley. She’s now working on her Master’s of Resource and Environmental Management, with a project you may have heard of… Text-A-Tree!


Anna Irwin-Borg, Team Member

Anna recently completed her Bachelor of Science, majoring in both Environment, Sustainability and Society, and Environmental Science. She completed an honours thesis with Peter Duinker on the potential proliferation of the invasive Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Nova Scotia with a changing climate, and she is exited to be helping out with the Halifax Tree Project.


James Steenberg is an environmental scientist focusing on the ecology and sustainable management of both commercially-managed forests and urban forests. He is the forest carbon and climate change analyst with the Nova Scotia department of Lands and Forestry and is an adjunct professor at Dalhousie University’s School for Resource and Environmental Studies, where he recently completed a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship.