I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University. The Yurok Tribe shared a story about my hire here: "Yurok Scientist/Scholar Accepts Truly Unique Position at Northern Arizona University." I am establishing the Wildlife Ecology, Environmental Stewardship and Indigenous Peoples (WEESIP) Lab (more to come!). Prior to my current position, I completed a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship in biology and held a Research Associate position in the Department of Wildlife at Cal Poly Humboldt (formerly Humboldt State University) in Arcata, CA. I currently conduct research on elk habitat ecology through a Yurok Traditional Ecological Knowledge context and elk molecular scatology.
I maintain research connections with the Culver Conservation Genetics Lab at The University of Arizona and the Mammalian Ecology and Conservation Unit at UC Davis.
I have published works on the endangered Mount Graham red squirrel in Arizona, Yurok Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and culturally sensitive wildlife research. Current and upcoming manuscripts focus on a wildlife survey on Yurok ancestral lands via scat genetic analyses and the Yurok-wildlife relationship.
Over the past 10 years, I have delivered presentations and workshops on topics such as Western and Indigenous scientific philosophies, history of the Wildlife profession in parallel with Indian Country, wildlife scat surveys, wildlife habitat monitoring, and culturally sensitive Traditional Ecological Knowledge research in wildlife conservation.
In my science outreach program, I worked with elementary education, higher education, and the public. I have also taught courses such as Introductory Biology Lab, Case Studies in Environmental Ethics, and Multicultural Perspectives in Natural Resource Management.
I am Yurok (tribal member), Karuk and Chicana. My expertise lies in the integration of Western and Indigenous sciences in applied wildlife research. By utilizing Indigenous Research Methodologies and understanding Traditional Ecological Knowledge through an Indigenous lens, I aim to conduct culturally sensitive research with Indigenous communities.
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I had the pleasure of collaborating with so many wonderful people for two contributions in "Wildlife Stewardship on Tribal Lands: Our Place Is in Our Soul," edited by Serra Hoagland and Steve Albert.
I am collaborating on a special issue, "Indigenous Contribution in Molecular Ecology," in Molecular Ecology Resources.
I am serving as a Guest Associate Editor for a special issue, "Indigenous Contributions to Molecular Ecology," in the journal Molecular Ecology Resources.
I have been a member of the Native Peoples' Wildlife
Management Working Group of The Wildlife Society since 2007. I have served in various roles, such as the Native Student Professional Development Program Committee
for the working group.
indigenous data sovereignty training
Seven generations INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE Center
I am pleased to participate in this fellowship opportunity over the '23-'24 academic year. Check out this article to learn more about the program and all 15 fellows!
I participated in a Teacher Candidate program in the Yurok Tribe Language Program's Kee Laa-yo-lue-mehl ("They will teach"). With the help of the program staff and fellow teacher candidates, I passed assessments for Yurok levels I and II. I am now qualified to teach at those levels.
I currently serve on the
Founding Faculty Advisory Council for this new center at
Northern Arizona University. Check out this article announcing the Seven Generation Signature Initiative in the NAU Review!