Indigenous knowledge and biodiversity to be topic of noted speaker

bee and milkweed flower in Buffalo
Bee flying toward a milkweed flower. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Ph.D., a member of the Potawatomi nation and a professor of environmental science, will speak on her culture and biodiversity at the meeting of the Niagara Frontier Botanical Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.

Dr. Kimmerer will present “The Honorable Harvest: Indigenous Knowledge for Biodiversity Conversation.”

Dr. Kimmerer is a distinguished teaching professor of Environmental and Forest Biology at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. She is the founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs that draw on both indigenous wisdom and scientific knowledge. She has also presented with TEDx Talks on reclaiming the honorable harvest.

Her writings include the book Gathering Moss, which was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing in 2005. Gathering Moss is a mix of science and her personal reflection inviting readers to explore and learn the simple life of mosses.

She received her B.S. in botany at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and her Ph.D. in botany at the University of Wisconsin.

The lecture is dedicated to the memory of Jerry Lazarczyk, a long-time society member who made a generous bequest in 2014. The society has been working in conjunction with the Western New York Land Conservancy to bring Kimmerer to Buffalo.

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