Program and Agenda

Abstract

INCORPORATING TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE INTO GEOSCIENCE EDUCATION: A LOOK AT WATERSHEDS IN SOUTHEAST ALASKA

Native students have a unique opportunity to positively impact in their tribal communities as researchers, environmental planners, teachers, tribal leaders and as role models. Outlined here is one of many mechanisms of bringing educational experiences full circle through outreach within tribal communities. Through collaboration between universities OHSU-CMOP and tribal government we sought to form an active learning community in partnership with the goal of producing a generation of regional leaders in the field of environmental and community sustainability. This STEM program worked to characterize the physical, chemical and biological processes of watershed ecosystems in Southeast Alaska. Study sites were located on rivers that are heavily relied upon both for their fishery resources and for the communities’ drinking water. Natural and anthropogenic processes contribute to seasonal variability in the water quality of salmon habitat. Due to the diverse aquatic and geologic settings of this site, the project was ideally situated to illustrate the importance of surface, groundwater, and oceanic contributions to the local water cycle. Approaches integrated Traditional Ecological Knowledge and western science through exploration of cultural uses of river systems.

Authors

Smythe, W. F., Oregon Health & Sciences University, USA, smythew@ebs.ogi.edu

McAllister, S. M., University of Delaware, USA

Remple, K. L., Oregon Health & Sciences University, USA

Young, B., OHSU-CMOP, USA

Baptista, A., Oregon Health & Sciences University, USA

Details

Oral presentation

Session #:066
Date: 2/26/2014
Time: 08:30
Location: 318 AB

Presentation is given by student: Yes