The Tulane Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology is honored to host Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer as the speaker for the 2021 Marcia Monroe Conery Lectureship Series.
Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants, which has earned Kimmerer wide acclaim. Her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing, and her other work has appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. She tours widely and has been featured on NPR’s On Being with Krista Tippett and in 2015 addressed the general assembly of the United Nations on the topic of “Healing Our Relationship with Nature.” Kimmerer lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability.
As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She holds a BS in Botany from SUNY ESF, an MS and PhD in Botany from the University of Wisconsin and is the author of numerous scientific papers on plant ecology, bryophyte ecology, traditional knowledge and restoration ecology. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.
Other sponsors of Dr. Kimmerer's lecture include the School of Science and Engineering, the Center for Scholars in the Tulane University School of Liberal Arts, the Provost, the Tulane Center for the Gulf South, Newcomb-Tulane College & the Tulane University Mellon Graduate Program in Community-Engaged Scholarship.
Marcia Monroe Conery (1938-1993) was an early and ardent conservationist. At her untimely death at age fifty-five, a group of friends and family members established in her memory an annual conservation lecture which allows the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology to bring outstanding minds to Tulane University.
Conery strongly believed that one person can make a difference. She was a founding member of the Louisiana Nature Center, longtime editor of the Orleans Audubon News Journal, and a board member of the Crosby Arboretum in Picayune, Mississippi. She led many conservation battles, and urged her friends, business leaders and government officials to constantly work for clean water, clean air and a better environment.
The Marcia Monroe Conery Lectureship brings a preeminent scientist in the field of conservation to Tulane University to speak in the area of their expertise.