The CLIMAtlantic Team

We have a seasoned team with extensive experience in climate change adaptation, data, communications, and engagement mobilization as well as individual Provincial specialists. 

Cape Spear, NL

Core Team Leaders

Sabine Dietz, PHD
Sabine Dietz, PHD

Executive Director

Dr. Dietz holds a PhD in biology (UNB), an MÉE (UdeM), and a BA (Trent University). During her 30-year career in the environmental sector, she has worked for Parks Canada as an ecosystem scientist, in the private sector as a climate change adaptation consultant, and for non-government organizations on topics such as species at risk, ecosystem conservation, capacity building, and climate change adaptation. She has volunteered with many non-government organizations locally and regionally and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Nature Canada. She loves gardening, backpacking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, and cross-country skiing.

Sabine Dietz, Executive Director
Réal Daigle

Lead – Data and User Needs

Réal Daigle is a meteorologist with nearly 50 years of experience in operational meteorology and management of scientific programs. He has developed a specialty in applied research related to the impacts of climate change, sea-level rise and storm surges linked to coastal flooding in Atlantic Canada. He has prepared sea-level rise and coastal flooding scenarios for adaptation planning for the entire coastlines of New Brunswick, for many Atlantic Canada municipalities and for some First Nations in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. He has provided tailored climate data, information, training, and expert support to help provincial, municipal, First Nations and community groups understand and apply climate information in their decision making throughout Atlantic Canada.

Sabine Dietz, Executive Director
Janelle Frail

Lead – Engagement & Knowledge Mobilization

With a science degree in Environmental Studies and experience in adult education, Janelle is happy to be back working to promote and connect for climate adaptations. Her past work involved 10 years supporting international cooperation organizations throughout the Atlantic, and before that, supporting environmental organizations throughout Nova Scotia and coastal communities with adaptation.

Sabine Dietz, Executive Director
Nicholas Carter

Lead – Communications

Nicholas has a Master’s degree in Environmental Practice and over 10 years of experience in various communication and research roles in the private and non-profit sectors.  He has experience working and volunteering with New Brunswick conservation organizations, and has co-founded and strategized the communications of a large database of peer-reviewed studies on the connections between food systems and planetary health.



Provincial Specialists

Sabine Dietz, PHD
Alex Cadel

Nova Scotia Specialist

Alex holds a Master of Climate Change degree (University of Waterloo) and B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences (University of Guelph). He brings experience in downscaling and analyzing localized climate change projections, adaptation planning in the forestry sector, and managing climate change projects with the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq. Alex’s current work involves supporting Nova Scotians in accessing, understanding, and applying climate change data to adaptation decision-making.

Sabine Dietz, Executive Director
Sepehr Khosravi

Newfoundland and Labrador Specialist

Sepehr has more than three years of experience in the environmental industry and enjoys working with a diverse range of stakeholders to build up Newfoundland and Labrador’s adaptation capacity regarding climate change impacts. He studied Agricultural Science as an undergraduate student, and Environmental Science at Memorial University for his masters. He had the chance to travel and explore across Newfoundland which made him fond of the landscape, heritage and culture. Outside of work, Sepehr enjoys hiking in the Avalon peninsula trails and has a great interest in classic and international films.


Sabine Dietz, Executive Director
Stephanie Arnold

Prince Edward Island Specialist

Stephanie completed her Chemical Engineering degree and MBA at the University of Toronto. After spending time in the private sector, she joined the UPEI Climate Lab where she collaborated with different sectors and organizations across the Island on climate change and adaptation issues. Her PhD research earned her recognition as a Top 25 “Emerging Thought Leader” from WIIS-Canada. Stephanie also serves on a number of community and provincial boards and councils, including BIPOC USHR, Provincial Anti-Racism Table, and Rustico Ringette Association.

Sabine Dietz, Executive Director
Jenna Miller

New Brunswick Specialist

Jenna holds a MSc in Climate Change (University of Copenhagen) and a BA in Geography (Saint Mary’s University). She has worked with Parks Canada, NGOs, and academic institutions across the Maritimes. Her work has focused particularly on adaptation and vulnerability to climate change impacts in coastal areas, coastal erosion, as well as the intercorrelation of social factors such as language and gender with climate change impacts. She loves hiking, travelling and exploring, and curling.



Sabine Dietz, PHD
Cassandra Gautreau

Climate Change Intern

Cassandra holds a Master of Resource Management in Coastal and Marine Management (University Centre of the Westfjords) and a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences (Dalhousie University). She has experience working in agriculture and with non-profit organizations and currently sits on the board of directors for Eat Local Cumberland and Cumberland Climate Hub. She thrives in the natural landscape of Atlantic Canada by enjoying snowboarding through the winter, kayaking during the summer, while hiking and searching for waterfalls in all four seasons.

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