Natalie Ban, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, received the EWR Steacie Memorial Fellowship on November 17 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
Each year, the Board awards up to six Steacie Fellowships, and recipients are relieved of their teaching and administrative duties so that they can devote all of their energy to research. The scholarships are available to professors at Canadian universities or affiliated research institutions.
Ban plans to study how changing environmental models affect marine conservation, leading to improved climate change considerations in planning around marine protected areas.
“On the one hand, the ocean is so little known compared to the land – we kind of think it’s out of sight, out of mind – but it’s actually very closely related to humanity. and culture, ”Ban said. “Ensuring the protection of biodiversity for all creatures in the ocean is so important. “
She has previously collaborated on research projects with the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance, which has studied the declining populations of Dungeness Crab and Yelloweye Rockfish along the central coast of British Columbia.
The hope is that the amalgamation of indigenous knowledge and western science will help address modern fishing problems and inequalities in fisheries management, Ban said.
Ban told Black Press Media that she was honored to receive this award, but was keen to stress that her work and research is a team effort. “The collaborations with post-doctoral researchers, indigenous communities and other coastal communities, and the trust they place in me are so important.
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