Joyce LeCompte kicks off Rabinowitz Speaker Series on society and environment, Dec. 5

Examining the impact of human behavior and actions on the environment is a focus of both Program on the Environment and the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at UW. To further highlight the interdisciplinary teaching and research of both units, we are co-hosting a monthly Rabinowitz Speaker Series: Society’s Role in a Changing Environment, featuring a different faculty member each month.

Join us every first Tuesday (second Tuesday in January) from December 2017 – April 2018, from 4:30–6pm in Wallace Hall Commons. Faculty talks are followed by Q&A and time for mingling.

Our first speaker will be Joyce LeCompte. The title of her talk is Cultural Ecosystems of the Salish Sea: Coast Salish Ecologies of Reciprocity and Resilience.


Joyce LeCompte at Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve.

Joyce is an environmental anthropologist whose research and teaching focuses on the ways in which culture, politics, science and history inform human understandings and relationships with the environment, and how in turn these relationships and understandings affect social life and human wellbeing.

Joyce is currently a lecturer at the Program on the Environment, where she has taught courses in Ethnobiology, Power and Privilege in Natural Resources Conservation, Indigenous People and the Collaborative Stewardship of Non-human Nature, and Methods in Environmental Studies.

Joyce’s research and writing projects are community driven and focused on supporting opportunities for, and understanding the barriers to, the (re)integration of traditional plant foods into the everyday lives of Puget Sound Coast Salish communities.

In fact, earlier this year, Joyce was the recipient of one of two inaugural project incubator grants with The Center for Creative Conservation. Along with her co-lead, ecologist Sarah Hammond, Joyce’s research on the conservation of camas prairies asks: How can university researchers support efforts of community-based initiatives and partner on conservation efforts?

The project intends to broaden cultural ecosystems learning, focusing on the camas prairies of western Washington, Oregon and Vancouver Island. These landscapes have been managed by Native Peoples for millennia and are of great importance, for food and for other reasons. However lots of land has been lost, in part due to agriculture and development. The long-term goal of the project is to develop a trans-disciplinary Cultural Conservation Education and Research Program.

Read more about Joyce and Sarah’s incubator and their collaborative work with Tribal, government, nonprofit and industry partners to work together to revitalize and restore these critical habitats:

Camas Prairie Cultural Ecosystems Incubator