2021 lectures are presented virtually, Thursdays at 11am ET.
Cary Institute’s Scientific Seminar Series provides a forum for engaging with researchers from around the world. Lectures are geared toward an academic audience, with a focus on current scientific advances as they relate to ecosystem science, environmental management, and science education. This year’s lectures will be presented virtually, and include moderated Q&A. Lectures are held on Thursdays at 11AM EDT and are free and open to all. Registration is required to access the Zoom credentials.
This spring, Cary Institute postdoctoral researchers have organized a set of talks and workshops that focus on justice in ecology. We acknowledge that academic pursuits of ecological knowledge have largely been centered around white and colonizing paradigms. The silencing of Indigenous and marginalized voices has resulted in biases and injustices in environmental research and applications. In these talks and in corresponding workshops, we will build on current momentum to reflect upon the history of the discipline and examine the ways in which research can contribute to material projects of decolonization and social justice.
April 15: Critical Ecology: Defining Sociophsyical Drivers of Ecological Change. Dr. Suzanne Pierre, Director, Critical Ecology Lab, Osher Fellow, California Academy of Sciences, Visiting Researcher, UC Berkeley
April 22: Toward Justice in Participatory Environmental Research. Dr. Abby Kinchy, Professor, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
April 29: As Long As Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice. Ms. Dina Gilio-Whitaker, Lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University
May 6: Natural Resource Regeneration Projects on US Tribal Lands. Dr. Valerie A. Small, National Program Director, Trees, Water & People; Affiliate Faculty, Colorado State University, Department of Agricultural Biology
In this discussion workshop, we will examine themes presented in Cary Institute's Scientific Seminar Series and use these conversations to develop personal commitment statements or intentions to justice and equity in scientific practice.
Scientific Seminar by Kelly Riedinger, STEM Research Center at Oregon State University