Each day starts with a plenary talk to engage and inspire us. For 2022, we are thrilled to announce speakers who are applying environmental science to restore ecosystems and improve human health for generations to come.
Cristina is the Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence and Director of Tribal Initiatives at Oregon State University in the College of Forestry, and is a Professor of Practice who specializes in Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). As a Native American and Latinx ecologist, she is the lead principal investigator on several long-term, federally-funded projects with First Nations (Alberta, Canada) and Native American (Montana and Oregon, USA) communities that incorporate TEK and best Western science in ecocultural restoration in North America. A Smithsonian Research Associate, from 2014 until 2019 she was the Chief Scientist at Earthwatch Institute, where she oversaw a global research program focusing on ecological restoration, sustaining human communities (particularly Indigenous peoples), and increasing ecological resiliency. Cristina is the author of numerous books, journal articles, and book chapters. She serves on the Board of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) as Director at Large and leads the SER TEK Working Group.
Dr. Nandita Basu is a Professor of Global Water Sustainability and Ecohydrology, jointly appointed between the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Waterloo. She is an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hydrology, Director of the Collaborative Water Program at the University of Waterloo, elected Member of the Royal Society College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists, and an Earth Leadership Fellow.
Nandita Basu is internationally renowned in the fields of water sustainability and ecohydrology, where her team has laid critical groundwork to address both fundamental science and applied management questions on nutrient pollution in anthropogenic landscapes. She is an environmental engineer, who uses data science, process modeling and remote sensing to explore how climate, land use, and management impacts surface and groundwater quality across agricultural, urban and forested landscapes, and from watershed to the regional and global scales. Her research leverages these insights to develop watershed management strategies that maximizes environmental benefits without significant economic costs.
National and international collaboration has extended the reach and impact of Dr. Basu’s work. She leads a $2.4M Tri-agency project that connects hydrologists, biogeochemists, ecologists and economists with stakeholders across Canada to develop approaches for managing the water quality of lake basins. She co-leads a $1.7M EU Joint Programming Initiative project to expand this work globally, connecting Waterloo with academic experts from Sweden, Denmark and Portugal. Dr. Basu has served on many advisory and technical committees, including the International Joint Commissions’ Science Advisory Board – Science Priority Committee, established under the Canada-USA Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
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