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Royale Pinassi

Royale Pinassi

University of California–Berkeley

  • Conservation and Resource Studies

I am a community member of the Quartz Valley Indian Reservation. I am currently focusing on various subtopics and cultural relationships that intertwine with Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Fire and Land Stewardship, as well as Medicinal Ethnobotany. From here, I hope to find and discover nuances when it comes to fully researching ethnoecological practices that tie into each other such as adaptations to climate change, riparian restoration efforts, watershed management, wildland fire effects, cultural burning, and salmon biodiversity. Experiencing these issues as well as being very rooted within my culture has now led her to reclaim these narratives and bring awareness to the vast abundance of cultural knowledge and resources my People have held since immemorial. In doing that, I plan to further my education by working and researching within environmental management as I will be better equipped to stimulate a more unified tribal community as well as advocate for my community’s needs on an academic scale. It is an opportunity collectively for everyone by bridging the gap between traditional ecological knowledge and academic knowledge.

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