UBCO IGS Sustainability Panel 2014
John R. Wagner is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. He conducts research in Papua New Guinea on conservation and development, agriculture, water, and language revitalization. He also conducts research on water and agriculture in Canada and the United States, in the Okanagan Valley and the Columbia River Basin. He has published on common property issues in the Pacific, as lead guest editor of Customs, Commons, Property and Ecology, a special edition of Human Organization (2007), and on water as a commons in a 2012 publication in Current Anthropology 53(5): 617-641. Most recently he has published an edited volume with Berghahn Press entitled The Social Life of Water (2013).
Jeannette Armstrong is Syilx Okanagan, a fluent speaker of nsyilxcen and a traditional knowledge keeper of the Okanagan Nation. She currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Okanagan Indigenous Knowledge and Philosophy at UBC Okanagan. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Ethics and Syilx Indigenous Literatures. She was awarded British Columbia’s Community Achievement Award in 2012. She is the recipient of the EcoTrust Buffett Award for Indigenous Leadership and she has been instrumental in the research and implementation of a successful nsyilxcen adult language fluency and cultural revitalization program at the En’owkin Centre the Post-Secondary Institute of the Okanagan Nation. She is distinguished with Honorary Doctorate’s from the University of BC, the University of St. Thomas, and the University of Queens and holds the Okanagan College Lifetime Fellow award. She is an author and Indigenous activist whose published works include literary titles and academic writing on a wide variety of Indigenous issues. She currently serves on Environment Canada’s Traditional Knowledge Subcommittee on the Status of Endangered Species and Wildlife in Canada.
Susan Murch received her PhD (2000, University of Guelph) specializing in plant biochemistry and biotechnology. Her thesis described the discovery and physiological roles of the human neurohormone melatonin in plants. Dr. Murch joined the Chemistry faculty at UBC Okanagan in 2005. She has received several awards including UBCO Researcher of the Year (2009), the G.H. Neil Towers Award (2013) and “Most Innovative Paper of 2012” from Thieme Publishers. Dr. Murch’s research program investigates a) conservation, development, sustainable production and traditional knowledge of the Oceanic staple crop breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis); b) metabolomics and phytochemical discovery in medicinal and crop plants including Artemisia sp. Ligusticum sp., Vaccinium sp. and Vitis sp., and; c) the presence and persistence of the naturally occurring neurotoxin β-methylamino-L-alanine. She has published more than 95 peer reviewed journal articles, 15 book chapters and co-edited a volume entitled “The Journey of a Cell to a Whole Plant”.
Greg Garrard is the FCCS Sustainability Professor at the University of British Columbia, a National Teaching Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy, and a founding member and former Chair of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (UK & Ireland). He is the author of Ecocriticism (Routledge 2004, 2011 2nd edn) which has been translated into Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean and – in an unofficial Taiwanese edition – Mandarin Chinese. It is also the most widely used introduction to the field. As well as numerous essays on eco-pedagogy, animal studies and environmental criticism he has recently edited Teaching Ecocriticism and Green Cultural Studies (Palgrave 2011) and The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism (OUP 2014), the biggest single-volume collection yet published in the field, and became co-editor of Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism. As a commentator and critic, he reviewed the year’s work in ecocriticism 2009-11; as an organiser, he chaired the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (UKI).
Moderator; David Kadish, M.A.Sc
David Kadish is an artist and engineer who is interested in work that embraces the inherent complexity of the world. He is currently working on installation pieces that explore the complex relationships between social, ecological, and technological systems. David is a member of the Centre for Culture and Technology at UBC Okanagan and is engaged in a Masters of Fine Art in Visual Art. He has a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in System Design Engineering and a Masters of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked in the solar energy and green building industries, and has been an in-Canada volunteer for Engineers Without Borders.