Session #4

Session #4: What are the possibilities and limitations of citizen science? 

Wednesday August 5, 2020

11am-1pm (Pacific)/ 12-2pm (Mountain)/ 1-3pm (Central)/ 2-4pm (Eastern)

Our final session will feature readings that highlight innovative methodologies for the documentation of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) held by different indigenous communities and examine how these multidisciplinary methods (and tools) are used to inform land conservation and coastal restoration practices.

Session 4 audio can be found here.

Session 4 video can be found here.

Session 4 Prezi can be found here.


    1. Carroll, C., Garroutte, E., Noonan, C., & Buchwald, D. (2018). Using PhotoVoice to Promote Land Conservation and Indigenous Well-Being in Oklahoma. EcoHealth, 15(2), 450–461.
    2. Bethel, M. B., Brien, L. F., Esposito, M. M., Miller, C. T., Buras, H. S., Laska, S. B., Philippe, R., Peterson, K. J., & Parsons Richards, C. (2014). Sci-TEK: A GIS-Based Multidisciplinary Method for Incorporating Traditional Ecological Knowledge into Louisiana’s Coastal Restoration Decision-Making Processes. Journal of Coastal Research, 297, 1081–1099. 
    3. Traditional and Local Knowledge: A Vision for the Sea Grant Network. 31 August 2018.

Clint Carroll is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder and citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Dr. Carroll (Ph.D. Environmental Science, Policy, and Management) works closely with Cherokee people in Oklahoma on issues of land conservation and the perpetuation of land-based knowledge and ways of life. His book, Roots of Our Renewal: Ethnobotany and Cherokee Environmental Governance (2015, University of Minnesota Press), explores how tribal natural resource managers navigate the material and structural conditions of settler colonialism, as well as how recent efforts in cultural revitalization are informing such practices through traditional forms of decision-making and local environmental knowledge. In his current work, funded by a National Science Foundation Early Career Award, he co-directs with a group of elders and wisdom-keepers a land education program for five Cherokee students; he also serves as Principal Investigator on a study about Cherokee plant gathering access in rural northeastern Oklahoma. This integrated education and community-based research project seeks to formulate lasting methods for maintaining Cherokee land-based knowledge and to better understand how Cherokee people are negotiating access to land due to complex ownership patterns and the impact of shifting climate conditions. The results of the research will inform advancements in community-defined and -directed local ecosystem stewardship and tribal land conservation strategies. For more information, visit the Project Website.

Matthew Bethel is the Executive Associate Director of Research for Louisiana Sea Grant at Louisiana State University. Dr. Bethel is the Associate Executive Director of Research for Louisiana Sea Grant.  He has 20 years of experience in the application of geospatial technology, which includes remote sensing and geographic information systems, in multi-disciplinary research that addresses data and information needs for combined social and ecological decision support systems.  For the past 10 years, Matt has focused his efforts on working with coastal communities in Louisiana to enhance hazard mitigation and restoration planning processes through collaborative partnerships and interdisciplinary research.  This work centers on developing visualization tools and map-based products that utilize both science-based information and the traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of local partners in a complimentary way to inform local, state, and regional-level decision-making.  Most recently Matt has co-led a national-level effort in drafting a vision to inform the use of traditional and local knowledge in Sea Grant’s research, outreach, and education work over the next decade that includes best practices and selected references and resources identified through decades of experience working with people and places from across the Sea Grant Network.

Patty Ferguson-Bohnee is the Director of the Indian Legal Clinic, Faculty Director of the Indian Legal Program, and Clinical Professor of Law, at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. She has substantial experience in Indian law, election law and voting rights, and status clarification for tribes. She successfully assisted four bayou tribes in obtaining recognition from the State of Louisiana. She has been involved in advocating for the rights of unrecognized tribes in response to environmental disasters, including in federal and international forums. Her work involves promoting self-determination of indigenous nations, protecting Tribal sacred sites and cultural heritage, and including Tribal cultural heritage in climate change discussions. Ferguson-Bohnee is a member of the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe (Louisiana).

Supplemental materials:

  1. Cherokee Voices for the Land [Film] (2017).
  2. Bethel, M. B., Brien, L. F., Danielson, E. J., Laska, S. B., Troutman, J. P., Boshart, W. M., Giardino, M. J., & Phillips, M. A. (2011). Blending Geospatial Technology and Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Enhance Restoration Decision-Support Processes in Coastal Louisiana. Journal of Coastal Research, 27, 555–571.
  3. Ferguson-Bohnee, Patty, The Impacts of Coastal Erosion on Tribal Cultural Heritage (2015). 29 Forum J. 58 (2015), Available at SSRN:
  4. Carroll, C. (2015). Roots of our renewal: Ethnobotany and Cherokee environmental governance. U of Minnesota Press.
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