Talk on Decolonizing Ecology

December 14, 2021 - 11:00 AM
Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center

Native American fishing.\Photo courtesy of the University of Washington.

The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center and the University of Washington College of the Environment Science Communication Program offer a presentation on “Decolonizing Ecology: Five Steps Towards More Inclusive and Ethical Research Practice.”  It takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m.  The event is free and open to all.

The speaker is Madhusudan Khati, an associate professor in the University of North Carolina’s College of Natural Resources.  Dr. Khati specializes in evolutionary ecology, urban ecology, “reconciliation ecology,” and public science.

A description of the talk:

“Ecological research helps us understand connections between people, species and landscapes and the actions we need to take to prepare and adapt to a changing climate. However, since Western approaches to understanding the world have shaped the field of ecology, it is embedded in a colonial legacy that has led to dispossession, racism, extraction and power imbalances that continue today. By acknowledging this history and working to undo the ways of thinking that have led to such harm, we have the opportunity to create a more ethical approach to ecology that recognizes diverse peoples and knowledges. In their paper "Decoloniality and anti-oppressive practices for a more ethical ecology," Madhusudan Katti and coauthors call for decolonizing ecology through actively undoing systems and ways of thinking to promote more inclusive and effective practices. In this webinar, Madhusudan will outline five shifts to help transform academic ecological practice: 1) decolonize your mind; 2) know your histories; 3) decolonize access; 4) decolonize expertise; and 5) practice ethical ecology in inclusive teams.”

To register for this event, go here.