Dr. Mercer Clarke is an interdisciplinary scientist specializing in advancing community resilience to a changing climate. An Adjunct Professor (Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa; School of Planning, University of Waterloo), Colleen is also a Member of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (University of Waterloo), working with expert teams focussed on the delivery of useful science to business interests and local governance organizations. Since 2009, Colleen has served on interdisciplinary international community-university research teams working in Canada and in the small island states and mainland nations of the Caribbean Sea to advance planning for change in coastal environments and coastal communities. Prior to her research activities, Colleen worked for over 30 years’ in environmental management and landscape planning and design in the consulting sector in Canada and internationally.
Colleen holds Baccalaureate (1972) and Master’s (1976) degrees in marine and aquatic ecology (Memorial University of Newfoundland), a Master’s of Landscape Architecture (1987 University of Guelph) and a Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies (2010, Dalhousie University).
A past-president of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (2003-2004), Colleen was elected to the College of Fellows (2009), and was the 2016 Recipient of the CSLA President’s Award. She also chairs the CSLA Task Force on Adaptation to Climate Change. Since 2012, Colleen has been a volunteer member of the Canadian Ministry of Natural Resources’ National Advisory Committee on coastal adaptation, and was one of the primary authors for the 2016 publication Canada’s Marine Coasts in a Changing Climate