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Ammara Touch

Ammara Touch

University of Washington

  • American Ethnic Studies
  • Biology (Ecology)

As a passionate ecologist and social justice activist, Ammara is interested in the relationship between humans and the environment, particularly with how ecocide, ethnocide and genocide all intersect. She recognizes the importance of celebrating diverse identities in tackling issues of biodiversity conservation, environmental racism and climate change, using her identity as a Cambodian-American to connect with her roots and decolonize western views of science. By doing so, she hopes to be able to empower underrepresented communities in having them speak their truth, making space for voices and perspectives that have been excluded from science and conservation.

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