Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Marine Conservation Science in the Heart of the Coral Triangle

Western Papua has the highest marine biodiversity on the planet, and supports communities highly dependent on marine resources. The region is Indonesia’s highest priority for marine biodiversity conservation, and boasts tremendous opportunities for effective coral reef and tropical fisheries co-management. I will provide highlights and lessons learned about a large-scale collaboration between local governments, international NGOs, nearby communities, and involved donor foundations, to monitor and safeguard marine resources in Raja Ampat, West Papua.

From Garden Warriors to Good Seeds: Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Community Gardens

Join Dr. Elizabeth Hoover as she discusses her book project “From ‘Garden Warriors’ to ‘Good Seeds;’ Indigenizing the Local Food Movement”. This work explores Native American farming and gardening projects around the country: the successes and challenges faced by these organizations, the ways in which participants define and envision concepts like food sovereignty, and the importance of heritage seeds. Dr. Hoover is the Manning Assistant Professor of American Studies at Brown University.

Drowning World

This award contributes funding towards UCLA Art & Global Health Center;s new collaboration with the UCLA Center for Climate Change Solutions, the UCLA Geography Muir Chair and Studio, the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and the Visual and Performing Arts Education Minor to bring the award-winning photographer Gideon Mendel to campus to show and discuss his "Drowning World" project. Mendel, who hails from South Africa and now lives in London, takes photographs of people whose homes have been flooded.

Chemical Entanglements: Gender and Exposure”

This award provides funding for a symposium, lecture, and workshop, which will convene a group of researchers, scientists and community-based researchers, artists, documentarians, and policy makers to assess the gendered impacts of (primarily endocrine-disrupting) chemicals on human populations. By marshaling a variety of perspectives—laboratory, ethnographic, epidemiological, and narrative, this transdisciplinary collaboration will seek to explore how gender has made a difference in the public’s knowledge with regard to the cumulative effects of environmental toxins.

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