Led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) graduate students at Dalhousie University, Diversity of Nature (DoN) is a scientific outreach organization dedicated to increasing BIPOC representation in the natural sciences.

DoN's program consists of an annual ecological field expedition and year-round workshops (including science panels, in-school workshops, and outdoor day excursions). Our programming is tailored to BIPOC students across Nova Scotia.

All of our programming is free of charge

To our knowledge, DoN is the only STEM outreach program in Canada run by BIPOC graduate students and tailored to BIPOC youth!


Upcoming Events

  • Shark Illustration Workshop
    Mon, Aug 22
    Museum of Natural History
    Aug 22, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St, Halifax, NS B3H 3A6, Canada
    As part of Halifax Shark Week, join Dalhousie biologists Melanie Massey and Aaron Judah in an interactive workshop on shark and ray illustration. Learn the key features of sharks and rays and how these relate to the habitats in which they live - and how to draw them like shark biologists!
  • Shark Dissection Workshop
    Wed, Aug 24
    Museum of Natural History
    Aug 24, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Museum of Natural History , 1747 Summer St, Halifax, NS B3H 3A6, Canada
    As part of Halifax Shark Week, join marine biologist Aaron Judah on an interactive and hands on shark dissection workshop! Experts will also teach us about technology and methods used to study sharks and rays in the wild - don't miss this experience on how to be a shark scientist!
  • Halifax Shark Week
    August 21 - 28
    August 21 - 28
    Halifax, 1747 Summer St, Halifax, NS B3H 3A6, Canada
    From Aug 21-28th, we will be running several *free* events to learn about sharks, shark scientists, and the marine environment for underrepresnted and historically excluded youth and their families!


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June 15 2022

Are you an underrepresented student who is currently an undergraduate or is starting university or college soon? Check out our free "10 simple rules" of advice! If you have questions feel free to reach out and we will gladly help! 


April 20 2022

Diversity of Nature wins the prestigious Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) award!

The ASN/SSE/SSB Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Award was created in 2019 by the American Society of Naturalists (ASN), the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), and the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB). The IDEA Award is given to a person at any career stage who has strengthened the ecology and evolutionary biology community by promoting inclusiveness and diversity in our fields. 

We are grateful to Mason Stothart for putting together an incredible nomination package, and Dr. Marty Leonard for supporting the nomination!


Sept. 1, 2021

Thank you to all DoN members and supporters for a wonderful inaugural year. We have just released our newsletter, which celebrates our accomplishments.