2015 Conference Keynote: Dr. Robin Kimmerer

It’s time to register for the 2015 WFAN Annual Conference, Friday and Saturday, November 6 and 7, at the Radisson Quad City Plaza, Davenport, IA. Visit the website for more information and to register: Our conference theme is Women Protecting Pollinators, Protecting Food, and our keynote speaker will be Dr. Robin kimmerer-webKimmerer. She will talk about living in reciprocity with the land.

Dr. Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, writer and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, and the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. The Center’s mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. Her research interests include the role of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological restoration and building resilience for climate change.

In collaboration with tribal partners, she and her students have an active research program in the ecology and restoration of plants of cultural significance to Native people. She is active in efforts to broaden access to environmental science training for Native students, and to introduce the benefits of traditional ecological knowledge to the scientific community, in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge.

KimmererDr. Kimmerer is an enrolled member of the Citizen Band Potawatomi. Her writings include “Gathering Moss,” which incorporates both traditional indigenous knowledge and scientific perspectives and was awarded the prestigious John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing in 2005. She has served as writer in residence at Andrews Experimental Forest, Blue Mountain Center, the Sitka Center and others. Her second book is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions and is entitled “Braiding Sweetgrass: renewing reciprocity with the good green earth,” and focuses on the subject of living in reciprocity with land. Her literary essays appear in Whole Terrain, Adirondack Life, Orion and several anthologies.

Dr. Kimmerer holds a PhD in Botany from the University of Wisconsin, and is the author of numerous scientific papers on plant ecology, bryophyte ecology, traditional knowledge and restoration ecology. She is the co-founder and past president of the Traditional Ecological Knowledge section of the Ecological Society of America. As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.

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