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Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples Lecture, featuring Dr. Karletta Chief (Dine) and Dr. Margaret Redsteer

May 9, 2018, 6:30 pm8:30 pm

Many Nations Longhouse 


The 2018 Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples Lecture will take place on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the University of Oregon Many Nations Longhouse and feature Dr. Margaret Hiza Redsteer and Dr. Karletta Chief. This lecture is part of the UO Symposium on Environmental Justice, Race, and Public Lands taking place May 9-11, 2018.

Dr. Karletta Chief (Diné) is an Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist in the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Arizona (UA). Her research focuses on understanding, tools, and predictions of watershed hydrology, unsaturated flow in arid environments, and how natural and human disturbances impact water resources. She received a B.S. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford in 1998 and 2000 and her Ph.D. in Hydrology at UA in 2007. In 2011, Dr. Chief was named American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Most Promising Scientist/Scholar, 2015 Native American 40 under 40, 2016 AISES Professional of the Year, 2016 Phoenix Indian Center Woman of theYear, and 2017 Stanford University Multi-Cultural Hall of Fame Inductee. Through her hydrology extension programs to reduce disparities in water and water related-education, since 2011, she has driven ~88,000 miles to tribes and conducted 113 community presentations.
– Protecting The Waterways Of The Navajo Nation. Dr. Karletta Chief on Science Friday. January 12, 2018.
– Breakthrough: Bitter Water.

Dr. Margaret Redsteer is a research scientist who focuses on the perturbations in climate and ecosystem processes and their linkages to landscape stability in order to unravel and understand the impacts and vulnerabilities we face from shifts in seasons, and how these may increase hazards, alter vegetation composition and degrade ecosystem services. Much of this work has focused on Indigenous communities in the southwest and northern Great Plains, including the application of local and traditional knowledge. In addition to her own research, Margaret has contributed to the UN Global Assessment on Disaster Risk Reduction and co-authored several assessment reports, including the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) working Group II Fifth Assessment Report chapter on Adaptation, Planning and Implementation, the National Climate Assessment, and the Second State of the Carbon Cycle report.

– A Record of Change: Science and Elder Observations on the Navajo Nation


Sponsors: This event is co-sponsored by the UO Robert D. Clark Honors College, the UO Environmental Studies Program, the UO Native American Student Union, the Office of the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs in partnership with the Teaching Engagement Program (TEP), the University of Oregon Fund for Community Engaged Teaching Program, the UO Climate Change Research Group, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. This event is also part of the Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Project.

For More Information:
Kathy Lynn, UO Environmental Studies, 541-346-5777,
Mark Carey, UO Clark Honors College, 541-346-8077,

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