Helping organizations address environmental challenges through creative communication
Alexa Goodman (she/they) is the Founder and Principal Environmental Consultant, Researcher, and Event Facilitator at Goodman Consulting.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, planning and delivering various research projects and workshops, including developing their respective project management, stake-holder engagement, and communications materials, related to various projects in the marine management field, with focus on abandoned, lost, and discarded fishing-gear (ALDFG; aka ghost gear) and marine debris; environmental education and science communication; professional development training; equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility and capacity building strategizing; networking and team building.
Alexa is a marine manager passionate about doing good for our planet and its people by shifting awareness into action, using curiosity, compassion, and strong project management to lead the way. They joined the MEOPAR team full-time in May 2021 as Training Program Manager to equip the next generation of marine researchers with the knowledge and tools needed to excel in their careers. Alexa is a scientist (BSc. in Marine Biology & Sustainability; Masters in Marine Management), intersectional environmental activist, practicing yogi and gardener, and a driving force in managing abandoned, lost, and discarded fishing gear, also called ‘ghost gear’. They formerly directed Stop Trashing It Network, have been a Sustainable Oceans Alliance Youth Leader since 2019, and mentors early career ocean professionals globally. Alexa is committed to making waves of change for the betterment of future generations to come.
Projects have included:
Comprehensive Report on ALDFG in Atlantic Canada
Panel Moderation and Presentation the Fisheries
Ministers Conference on Marine Debris
Science communication presentations and workshops
Literature reviews and research project design
Design & Implementation of Coastal Action’s Collaborative Ghost Gear Retrieval and Recycling in Southwest Nova Scotia Project.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Alexa Goodman in their role as Training Program Manager at MEOPAR since 2021. In that time, Alexa has developed, facilitated, and delivered three programs that I’ve been a part of, including our most recent collaboration on a Career Coaching Program. In all of our work together, I’ve found Alexa to be creative, collaborative, and enthusiastic about positive and engaging experiences for program participants. In addition, their exceptional skills in communication, graphics, and program design have enhanced the experience for all participants, including presenters like me. I highly recommend Alexa for work in program design, including the external communications and graphics elements of a program, and am grateful for the experience of working with Alexa over the past two years.”Robyn RoscoeLeader of research management and administration. Mentor to experienced and emerging managers and leaders.
“Alexa Goodman approached me to collaborate with her on developing her Master’s thesis research work into a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal after she had completed it. I immediately enjoyed working with Alexa, as she was already a well-trained researcher, but had limited experience in publishing her work. Our combined experience and personalities worked like a charm resulting in Alexa’s research project on elucidating fisher knowledge on likely locations of ghost fishing gear in Southwest Nova Scotia being published in Coastal and Ocean Management. Shortly after this fruitful collaboration, I had the opportunity to work with colleagues at the Nova Scotia Community College to characterize marine debris on the seafloor in the Bay of Fundy. I immediately thought of Alexa as being the ideal researcher to work with us on this project based on her subject matter expertise and her positive attitude to embrace new challenges. Alexa reviewed hundreds of hours of underwater video footage to characterize and assess marine debris on the seafloor which resulted in another successful and high impact publication in Marine Pollution Bulletin which garnered lots of media coverage where Alexa was interviewed by national and regional Canadian news outlets in English and French. This also led to more collaboration where we worked together again on another collaborative project working to remove and characterize ghost fishing gear from the Bay of Fundy. This work involved collaboration with the federal government, fishers, fishing associations, academia and NGOs. Alexa navigated and coordinated these stakeholders like a true professional. Once again, this work was published and garnered extensive media coverage and we continue to collaborate on related research projects related to ghost gear removal and solutions. As a subject matter expert, I invited Alexa to speak to my graduate students and she didn’t hesitate to oblige and ended up talking to my students for a full 3 hours which included hands on workshop and peer teaching exercises which the students thoroughly enjoyed.”Tony R. Walker, BSc(Hons), MPhil, PhD (he/him)ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR School for Resource and Environmental Studies Dalhousie University
“I had the pleasure of working with Alexa Goodman on a couple of consulting projects for ECO Canada. She initially helped us develop a mentorship program in the Ocean sector and enrol participants all across Canada. Despite our limited time, her professionalism, experience, and commitment helped us achieve our goals on time, and led to a second successful collaboration opportunity with ECO Canada, a few weeks later. On a personal aspect, working with Alexa has been a delight each time. Her enthusiasm and passion are contagious, and her astonishing work ethic and project management allowed me to achieve more in a couple of months than expected. I am very grateful that I have been able to work with Alexa and look forward to potential future collaborations. I highly recommend Alexa for work in project management, communications, and graphic design within the marine sector. ”Marine Courtois, MSc. & MMMBlue Economy Project Manager at ECO Canada