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I am passionate about:
Rivers, Oceans, Bones, Shells, People and all the stories they can tell.
A little known fact about me is:
I can't tell you where, but I found an completely pristine Anasazi basket tucked in a crevasse of a canyon in the Southwestern United States. It was a transformative moment.
Show my name on the attendees list for events I am attending:
My work is at the intersection of sustainability, leadership, and social justice. I find important lessons in what many draw boundaries round. I am trained as an aquatic ecologist and geoscientist, I use isotopes, bones, and shells to tell stories about humans and their environment. I have use my training to understand impacts of large dams in one county on fishers and fisheries in another; to explore the function of ancient aquaculture techniques, and the lessons we can take from past traditions. ONE lesson that is generalizable across millennia is the importance of equity to sustainability.
Hello Kate, Yes and no. Our proposal is to support the production and dissemination of the videos via a curated website. The event is tied to a three year program that supports students around the world in their research and career aspirations in sustainability innovations. The storytelling event will be supported through other funds and will be coupled with professional poster session - all open to the public, but I expect that experts in the field and partner organizations that work with students in their internships will be the bulk of the live audience. In the past program that I ran, we had over hundred managers, directors and academics, deans of colleges in the audience, and I from what I learned it was hugely impactful event, changing hiring policies and opening up conversations for organizations about how to evaluate strategic planning and program development in conservation with more attention to inclusivity, equity, and social justice. Again, this was initially developed as an identity and cohort building tool for the students, which our evaluators have suggested was transformative for the students, but the emergent impact we didn't see coming was how it impacted the professional partners that we work with. Thanks again for your interest Kate!