NWFSC Monster Seminar Jam: Jessica Black and Courtney Carothers
This seminar is part of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center's Monster Seminar Jam series.
Jessica Black (University of Alaska Fairbanks) and Courtney Carothers (University of Alaska Fairbanks) are presenting a talk, "Decolonizing and indigenizing fisheries and marine sciences in Alaska."
Years of research and collaboration have revealed the deep racial inequities that persist in fisheries education, research, and management systems in Alaska. We document and study the persistent erasure of Indigenous Peoples and our/their knowledge systems, values, and practices from the dominant culture of western education and resource management. We will present on the Indigenizing Salmon Science and Management project that gave rise to Tamamta "All of Us": Transforming Western and Indigenous Fisheries and Marine Sciences Together, a new NSF grant to transform fisheries education, research, and governance systems in Alaska.
Dr. Jessica Black is Gwich’in Dena from the villages of Gwichyaa Zhee (Ft. Yukon) and Toghotthele (Nenana), Alaska. Dr. Black currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Alaska Native Studies, Rural Development and Tribal Governance at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Dr. Black received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) at UAF and her master’s degree and Ph.D. in Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Her dissertation and current research examine the relationship between governance and well-being among Alaska Native peoples, especially as it pertains to Tribal Stewardship and Cultural Connectivity. She resides in Fairbanks, Alaska with her family, however, she frequently returns home to Gwichyaa Zhee to hunt, fish, gather, and engage in other, important cultural practices.
Dr. Courtney Carothers is a Professor of Fisheries in the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She holds a Ph.D. in environmental anthropology from the University of Washington. Her research explores how fishery systems are being remade by enclosure and privatization processes. She also partners with Indigenous communities to understand social and cultural dimensions of knowledge systems, climate change, traditional ways of life, and decolonizing research. Her work focuses on human-environment relationships, cultural values, equity, and well-being.
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