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15 May 2012

Dear Colleague: I am writing to you to announce an exciting student award opportunity being offered by the Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Section of the Ecological Society of America (ESA). In partnership with the Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS) Program of ESA and the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), the TEK Section has received an ESA long-­‐range planning grant to support an indigenous student from a tribal college or university to attend the 97th ESA Annual Meeting. The meeting has the theme “Life on Earth: Preserving, Utilizing, and Sustaining our Ecosystems,” and is being held 5 – 10 August 2012, in Portland, OR.

This year, TEK features prominently throughout the ESA Annual Meeting program, including:

  • a Recent Advances Plenary presentation by Nancy Turner on “Since Time Immemorial: Recognizing Indigenous Environmental Knowledge in Land and Resource Management”
  • a presentation on “Ecological and Cultural Knowledge Transfer and Resilience in Earth Stewardship” in a symposium organized by ESA’s President, Steward Pickett, and other ESA leadership on “Interacting with Practitioners to Facilitate Earth Stewardship
  • an organized oral session on “Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Research and Integrated Resource Management: How Culture Sustains Ecosystems,” with all indigenous speakers
  • a special session on “Sense of Place in the Pacific Northwest: Intergenerational Learning of how Oregon’s Tribes Sustained Ecosystems for Millennia,” with local guest speakers
  • a field trip on “Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Eco-Cultural Histories, and American Indian Integrated Resource Management: A tour of the Mt. Hood region”
  • a workshop on “Welcome to the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation E-Learning (CAMEL) Community,” with examples of curricula integrating TEK into climate change education
  • and so much more!

The TEK-­‐SEEDS TCU student award has a value of $1500 and includes:

  • Travel allowance, shared housing, and a meal stipend to attend the ESA Annual Meeting
  • ESA Annual Meeting registration and 1-year membership to the ESA and its TEK Section
  • Participation in TEK Section activities, including TEK field trip and all scientific sessions
  • Participation in ESA SEEDS Program, including SEEDS orientation, meals, and mentoring
  • Guidance by an indigenous faculty mentor (sponsored by NCSE and the CAMEL Project)

If you know of any students that you think may be interested in this opportunity or colleagues that may know students that might be interested, please forward this information and the attached application form to them. Questions and completed applications should be directed to Dr. Mimi E. Lam at m.lam@fisheries.ubc.ca or mimibethlam@gmail.com or 604-822-3843. Please feel free to circulate and post the attached flyer announcing this award opportunity. Deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, 11 June 2012. Thank you for taking the time to distribute notice of this unique TEK-SEEDS student award opportunity to attend the ESA Annual Meeting in Portland, OR this August!

With best regards,

Mimi E. Lam, PhD

TEK Section Past-Chair
University of British Columbia, Fisheries Centre
University of New Mexico, Department of Biology

ESA TEK SEEDS Award 2012 flyer
ESA TEK SEEDS Award 2012 application