Lauren Eckert is a conservation scientist, adventure enthusiast and PhD candidate at the University of Victoria. Lauren’s early research experiences around the globe exposed her to the complexities of interrelated social and ecological systems and motivated her to delve into conservation science that recognizes humans’ important role in global ecosystems, engages communities directly in conservation and supports Indigenous Nations and individuals reasserting their knowledge and rights. Her master of science work at the University of Victoria bridged Indigenous knowledge and ecological science through a community-engaged, Indigenous-led approach to conservation in partnership with Central Coast First Nations in their territories.
Lauren began her PhD in 2017. Her current research interests include: the intersections of Indigenous and western sciences, Canadian environmental policy and the role human values play in our relationships with wildlife and, ultimately, conservation conflicts and collaborative ways to transform them. Lauren is also an avid communicator of science and shares her research results, conservation science stories, and experiences as a scientist widely via public speaking and online platforms. Lauren is a Canada Vanier Scholar, Raincoast Conservation Fellow, National Geographic Explorer, dog mom, avid hiker and peanut butter aficionada.
Eckert, L., Ban, N., Tallio, S. C., & Turner, N. (2018). Linking marine conservation and Indigenous cultural revitalization: First Nations free themselves from externally imposed social-ecological traps. Ecology and Society, 23(4).
Eckert L.E., Ban N.C., Frid A., and McGreer M. (2017). Diving back in time: Extending historical baselines for yelloweye rockfish with indigenous knowledge. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 2017;19. https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.2834
Ban, N. C., Eckert, L., McGreer, M., & Frid, A. (2017). Indigenous knowledge as data for modern fishery management: a case study of Dungeness crab in Pacific Canada. Ecosystem Health and Sustainability, 3(8), 1379887.
Ban, Natalie C., Charlotte Whitney, Tammy Davies, Elena Buscher, Darienne Lancaster, Lauren Eckert, Chris Rhodes, Aerin Jacob. (2017). Conservation actions at global and local scales in marine social-ecological systems: status, gaps, and ways forward. In: Conservation for the Anthropocene Ocean. Eds Phil Levin, Melissa Poe. Elsevier Publisher
Eckert, L. (2013). Preferential foraging behavior of forest deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus gracilius) on native and non-native Picea seeds. Scientia: Undergraduate Journal of Scientific Research, University of Notre Dame 4: 19-22.
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