EEB Seminar: Sept 17th

Queen’s University


invites you to:

How to make Ecology Less White: Responding to the #BlackInTheIvory and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

Thursday, Sept 17

12:30 – 1:30pm ET

A panel of ecologists will share their experiences in ecology and conservation as underrepresented visible minorities. They will speak about barriers they faced in education and in their careers and lead a discussion about ways those barriers can be broken down. We look forward to seeing you there!


Jacqueline L. Scott is a PhD student at OISE, University of Toronto. Her research focus is on how to make outdoor recreation and environmental discourse more welcoming for Black people. Twitter: @BlackOutdoors1

Peter Soroye is a PhD student at the University of Ottawa where he currently studies the effects of climate change and land use change on pollinators. Peter is an avid contributor and proponent of community science programs like eButterfly and iNaturalist, and has also studied these programs and their ability to inform global change and conservation research. Throughout his graduate studies Peter has also maintained a focus on public science communication, and has volunteered at and organized events for science communication initiatives like Let’s Talk Science and Science Slam Canada. Outside of the lab Peter is a keen camper, hiker, and outdoors-person, and an amateur photographer of butterflies, bees, birds, and any other wildlife he can aim his camera at.

Jessica Winters is a 24-year old Inuit artist from the Inuit region of Nunatsiavut, in Labrador. Her attempts to translate the traditional values of stewardship and sustainability lead her to pursue a undergraduate degree in ecology & conservation. Full-time she works as the Community Energy Lead for the Nunatsiavut Government and part-time as a project scientist for an underwater acoustics company. Jessica also has much experience working with Youth, science outreach, and cruise ship eco-tourism. As an indigenous person from a rural northern community, Jessica has experienced first hand how alienating academic science can be, and hopes to help bridge the gap between western science and indigenous ways of learning, observing and knowing. 

Dawn Bazely has been a biology professor at York University, Toronto since 1990. She wears many academic hats but is a grass biologist at heart. Dawn cut her field work teeth in the sub-arctic salt marshes west of Cape Churchill forty years ago, where she spent five years becoming a world expert on goose poop at Queen’s University’s Camp Finney. Dawn is a long-time advocate for excellence in science communication, citizen science and women in science. In 2014, Dawn was singled out by the Globe and Mail as York University’s “Hotshot Professor” in their Universities Report. In 2017, she received the title of University Professor and the York University Sustainability Leadership award.

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