Speaker: Vanessa Minke-Martin, Marine Science & Communications Specialist, Pacific Wild
You should work in conservation: why KI students are well-suited for a career protecting the environment
Climate change is the most urgent interdisciplinary problem of our time. But it is not the only environmental challenge that demands innovative solutions. Fisheries are a major component of the economy and a source of income, sustenance and culture for Canadian coastal communities, including First Nations. As a result, fisheries management decisions have important implications for both humans and fish populations. Drawing on examples from my work in academia, government, and the non-profit sector, we will examine the roles of values, cultural knowledge and storytelling in conflicts over fisheries management. More broadly, we will discuss the diverse ways of knowing and skills required to excel in the environmental field and why Knowledge Integration is the perfect foundation for this important work.
Vanessa Minke-Martin is a science writer, fish biologist, and environmental educator. Her work focuses on the interconnection of human and natural systems, particularly how values, cultural knowledge and storytelling shape conservation decision-making. She has led strategic advocacy campaigns to protect vulnerable fish and wildlife for Pacific Wild, written about contemporary science issues for the Vancouver Aquarium and Canadian Science Publishing, and taught environmental and social justice to undergrads in the Redfish School of Change. Outside of work, she can be found trail running, cycling, snorkeling, surfing and skiing around Vancouver Island—or reading books indoors.
Vanessa has an M.Sc. in salmon ecology (University of British Columbia), a post-graduate certificate in Environmental Visual Communication (Royal Ontario Museum/Fleming College), and a joint honours in Knowledge Integration and Biology (University of Waterloo).
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