In our 4th round of summer blog posts, Hannah is telling us about a workshop in Landscape 6 with their indigenous collaborators. Hannah is a PhD candidate at Simon Fraser University under the supervision of Anne Salomon.
Hannah alongside the rest of the team of landscape 6, organised a workshop in British Columbia with Indigenous Collaborators and their knowledge holders. The focus was on centring L6’s indigenous collaborators and their knowledge holders, so only a few scientists were invited to bear witness and lead some discussions. A safe space was created in which the Hereditary chiefs discussed how they envision their future. The relationship of sea otters-shellfish-people-kelp was debated, and how the desired future can be achieved while upholding cultural protocol. Hannah reflects, that she and the other invited scientists learned a lot, especially how to decolonise their methods and how to let go of the rigorous academic process.
In our third instalment of our HQP summer series you will hear Yiyi Zhang's take on the ESA CSEE 2022! Yiyi is a PhD student on our theme 2 who had the opportunity to present her own research at the conference! Here's what she had to say about the experience:
I presented my research and was greatly supported by people from the ResNet network at my presentation. I also met Human Ecology Section committee I am part of and co-organizers of a mixer event I helped with. I met other many interesting and inspiring presenters and participants at some of the sessions and mixers.
Throughout the conference, I explored different sessions on different topics at different scales ranging from local to global and from past to future (e.g., historical context of data, seed initiatives). I learned from ecologists specialized in specific ecosystems (e.g., agriculture) and ecological components (e.g., pollinators, soil), engaged in education and communication, and experienced in different career paths. I felt very supported at my presentation where I shared models linking ecosystem services beneficiaries and supply. At the ResNet session, I enjoyed celebrating with the team the various accomplishments our researchers had. Through helping with and participating in a social event, I connected with researchers who share the interest in human dimension of ecology and developed an interest in organizing events. I also enjoyed interactions with theorists and empiricists focused on different theories and empirical contexts at another social event. I also spent some time enjoying the pleasant views of the city with participants new to Montreal and had thoughtful conversations about researching and teaching ecology on our walk. At the Human Ecology Section business meeting, I was elected VP and will continue my involvement in the Section including planning events for next year's ESA.
I really appreciate the opportunity to do research at ResNet and the support from our enthusiastic and knowledgeable memebers. I look forward to being in touch with connections I made during the conference again and contributing to the Human Ecology section where I had unique and important experience and memories.
The second entry for the HQP summer travel series, is contributed by Hugo Thierry, a Post Doc from T1! Hugo is currently working on modelling the supply and demand flows of Ecosystem Services across Canada for decision making purposes.
Hugo, among many other ResNet researchers, attended the ESA in Montreal in late August. As he is currently based at McGill, he had a short travel to the conference, yet it was his first big event in two years. During the conference, Hugo presented his own work in one of the sessions as seen in the pictures. The ESA conference was a great event to chat with ResNet colleagues but also to connect with the network’s collaborators and see what everyone has been working on. From a ResNet led session, to individual presentations and discussion panels, Hugo says that this year’s conference “helped to take a step back and get the bigger picture of the ResNet project”.
If you want to learn more about Hugo’s work and contributions to T1, please check out his website here.
Welcome to our first instalment of our HQP Summer Travel Series! This series will highlight some of the exciting trips that our HQPs went on this summer through the HQP mobility fund. We begin our series with an entry from Theme 2 PhD candidate Ehsan Pashanejad. Ehsan had a busy summer involving both a field trip to the Prairies for his research and a trip to Montréal for this year's ESA conference!
In a single word, both the field trip and ESA were awesome! The ESA was the ever-big meeting for me so far and I had the opportunity to learn from different perspectives and see various up-to-date presentations and lectures.
But the greatest takeaways from my prairie field trip. I can summarize in a few bullet points:
The field trip and ESA were both an eye opener and I hope there will be such opportunities again in the future as I am moving forward in my research to be engaged with the local context of ecosystem service modelling.
Ehsan Pashanejad is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia. You can read more about his research with theme 2 by visiting his profile here.