Traditional Ecological Knowledge Section

With an ESA Long-range Planning Grant, the Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Section will be able to support students, promote multiple approaches to ecology, and increase the diversity of ecologists at this year’s Annual Meeting.  The TEK Section is offering five awards in three categories: TEK Student Travel (2); TEK Mentor Recognition (2); and TEK Community Service (1).  Criteria for these awards are as follows:

TEK Student Member Travel Awards (2)

  • TEK Section student member ($250) - for TEK Section student member who is presenting at the ESA Annual Meeting on TEK-related topic.
  • Indigenous student ($250) - for an outstanding Indigenous student with an interest in ecology to attend/present at the ESA Annual Meeting.

TEK Mentor Recognition Awards (2)

  • Research Mentor ($250) - for exemplary research mentoring of the ecological community in applying TEK/LEK to ecology;
  • Cultural Mentor ($250) - for exemplary cultural mentoring of students and early-career faculty in the field of ecology.

TEK Community Service Award (1)

  • Local Community ($200) - for a local community member who has distinguished him/herself working with local community on ecological issues.

Inquiries, applications and nominations for these awards should be addressed to

Dr. Mimi E. Lam
TEK Section Chair
University of British Columbia
Fisheries Centre
2202 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 1Z4

Ph:  (604) 822-3843
Fax:  (604) 822-8934

Email: m.lam@fisheries.ubc.ca
Web: www.esa.org/tek/

In addition to the above specific award criteria, applications and nominations should address how the candidates further the mission of the ESA TEK Section:

  • to promote the understanding, dissemination and respectful use of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological research, application and education;
  • to encourage education in traditional ecological knowledge;
  • to stimulate research which incorporates the traditional knowledge and participation of indigenous people;
  • to increase participation by indigenous people in the ESA;
  • to foster understanding of indigenous and local knowledge in relationship to place;
  • and to facilitate communication among people with diverse ways of knowing, both within ESA and between ESA and other communities.

Applications and nominations should consist of a cover letter addressing the specific award criteria in relation to the mission of the TEK Section, as well as any supporting documents, such as a copy of presentation abstract accepted for the ESA 2013 Annual Meeting, summary of ecological research and interests; examples of research and cultural mentoring effectiveness; demonstrations of local community service in ecology; and recommendation letters.  Preference for the recognition and service awards will be given to those that will attend the ESA 2013 Annual Meeting.  Deadline for receipt of applications and nominations is June 1, 2013.  Successful applicants and award recipients will be notified by July 1, 2013.