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Section definition of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK): Adaptive ecological knowledge developed through an intimate reciprocal relationship between a group of people and a particular place over time.

The mission of the ESA TEK section:

  1. to promote the understanding, dissemination and respectful use of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological research, application and education;
  2. to encourage education in traditional ecological knowledge;
  3. to stimulate research which incorporates the traditional knowledge and participation of indigenous people;
  4. to increase participation by indigenous people in the Ecological Society of America;
  5. to foster understanding of indigenous and local knowledge in relationship to place; and  
  6. to facilitate communication among people with diverse ways of knowing, both within ESA and between ESA and other communities.


15 May 2012

Dear Colleague: there is 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-­ÔÇÉrange 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.

See Awards-section for more details.

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