Robin KimmererDr. Kimmerer is a mother, plant ecologist, writer and SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. She is the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. Kimmerer’s research interests include the ecology of mosses and the role of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological restoration. 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 has developed university courses in aspects of botany, ecology, ethnobotany and Native American Natural Resource Management, as well as a seminar in application of Traditional Ecological Knowledge to conservation. 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.
So that was very formative for me in thinking about these two ways of knowing, in knowing about both traditional ecological knowledge and the indigenous perspective that I'd been raised in, and the scientific perspective and also the perspective of a foot in science and a foot in art. I actually think that that golden rod and asters experience has been one of the most profound ones in my profession as a naturalist and a professor, is trying to reconcile those two worlds.