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Tuning into the Forest

Tuning into the Forest

By Estefania Milla-Moreno
Stories of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Nature


Episodes of 1st series will be released every two weeks
Episodes of 2nd series will be released every three weeks

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Episode 1: 'Diverse Representation matters' with Dr Devyani Singh

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Episode 1: 'Diverse Representation matters' with Dr Devyani Singh
Tuning into the Forest: Stories of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in Nature Dr. Devyani Singh is a Post-Doctoral Fellow working on international Energy and Climate policy. Her inter-disciplinary research includes energy access & transitions in the Global South, air quality (GHG emissions accounting), evaluating climate impacts of national policies, natural resource economics, environmental finance, and oil and gas transitions. As a result, she has worked extensively across sectors (industry, academia, government, Indigenous communities, and non-profits) and countries (India, Canada, US). Outside of academia, Devyani has consulted on carbon markets and policy and worked with the First Nations on sustainable forestry. Inspired by the magnitude and importance of global climate change, and frustrated with political inaction, Devyani ran as a political candidate in the 2020 BC elections. She actively promotes engagement with policy makers and the public for evidence-based decision-making. Dr. Devyani can be found on Twitter by @Kumari_Devyani Music of this series by: Mr. Israel Toto Berriel
43:02
April 27, 2021
Trailer of 2nd series
Check this preview of what you’ll find in the second series of Tunning into the Forest, a podcast about stories of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in Nature. Here’s the line up for this series: I spoke with Dr. Devyani Singh about climate change, just energy transition, and her influence as a queer woman of color running as a political candidate in the 2020 BC elections I spoke with Dr. Kendi Borona about black scholar representation, role models, Indigenous Knowledge Systems, and the transformative power of education with Dr. I also spoke with Dr. Paloma Corvalan about the barriers girls and women find when pursuing STEM careers And finally, I spoke with Ph.D. candidate Roseanna Gamlen-Greene, about her involvement to conserve the Western Toad, which is the only indigenous amphibian on Haida Gwaii The invited musician for this podcast series is Israel “Toto” Berriel, a traditional Afro-Cuban percussionist, vocalist, and educator. For twelve years, Toto has played with the world’s best-known Rumba group, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, where he mastered the Afro-Cuban repertoire. Toto is originally from Matanzas, Cuba, has toured worldwide and made Canada his home since 2001. I’m looking forward to sharing these conversations with all of you! Thanks for tuning into the forest!
02:30
April 21, 2021
Episode 4: Andrea Vásquez-Fernández and Vanessa Silva Mascorro, PhDc and MSc alumni from the UBC Faculty of Forestry
Tuning into the Forest: Stories of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in Nature In this fourth episode, I talked to Andrea Vásquez-Fernández, a Quechua Peruvian PhD candidate, and Vanessa Silva Mascorro, a Mexican MSc alumni, both from the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, about their pathways as Latin female scholars in the north. Andrea Vásquez-Fernández is a Quechua Peruvian PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia. Besides holding a B.Sc. in forest engineering and a specialization on environmental management, quality, and auditing from the National Agrarian University of La Molina (UNALM), she has a M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia. Andrea is a public scholar and part of a pluri-cultural Indigenous research team that conducts collaborative projects. She was invited by Asheninka and Yine community members to form an alliance to address their concerns and desired futures. Currently they are working in a project called ‘RESPECT-AMAZONIA.’ Vanessa Silva Mascorro was born in the beautiful country of Mexico. Here she got her bachelor degree in Information Systems. In 2006, she joined the Mexican Ministry of Forests where she led the National Forests Inventory Database for six years. In 2012, she came to Canada to pursue an MSc in Forestry degree at the UBC Faculty of Forestry, and graduated with honours in 2014. Her research focused on the integration of remote sensing data, forest inventories and ancillary datasets for multi-scale assessment of forest disturbances for carbon accounting modeling. After graduating, she entered into the parenting world while continued working in environmental consulting. Music intro: Oboe solo by Guillermo Milla from Maestro Cusqueño.
49:22
March 18, 2021
Episode 3: Elliot Bellis, recent graduate from the Urban Forestry Program at the UBC Faculty of Forestry
Tuning into the Forest: Stories of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in Nature In this third episode, I talked with Elliot Bellis about studying abroad, forestry stereotypes, and #GenderDiversity Elliot Bellis is a recent graduate of Urban Forestry at the UBC Faculty of Forestry. During his five years in the Faculty, he participated in the co-op program, volunteered as an orientation day leader, and played the saxophone for the #ThunderbirdMarchingBand. Currently, he works as an Arborist and Junior Urban Forester for a local Environmental Consulting Company and in his free time, he loves to go foraging and botanizing. His current obsessions include block printing, mushroom hunting, and adventuring with his cat. You can find Elliot on Instagram by @urban.ecologist Music intro: Oboe solo by Guillermo Milla from Maestro Cusqueño. Copyright of Bird Whistling, Robin, Single, 13.wav by InspectorJ (www.jshaw.co.uk) of Freesound.org
45:53
March 1, 2021
Episode 2: Dr Tahia Devisscher, Banting Research and Teaching Fellow at the UBC Faculty of Forestry
Tuning into the Forest: Stories of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in Nature In this second episode, I talked with Dr. Tahia Devisscher about Mental Health and #GreenSpaces. Dr. Tahia Devisscher is a Banting Research and Teaching Fellow at the UBC Faculty of Forestry. She is currently studying the extent to which forests and other green spaces in and around cities increase social-ecological resilience, and improve the way in which urbanites benefit from and engage with nature. In past work with the Stockholm Environment Institute, Tahia supported and led applied research to improve human wellbeing and address climate change adaptation through nature-based solutions in more than 20 countries. She has an interdisciplinary background and a PhD in ecosystems science from the University of Oxford. Regarding the Mindfulness trail in the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest: it will be launched on Earth Day 2021. The Mindfulness trail offers an experience in nature-inspired by mindfulness, forest bathing, and yoga. Nature plays an important role in human health and well-being. Spending time in nature reduces stress, encourages physical activity, accelerates restoration, and enhances creativity. Tahia coordinated the design of the self-guided trail since 2019 working with a team of collaborators from the UBC Faculty of Forestry, the Loon Lake Lodge & Retreat Centre, and the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest. Check out Tahia's #DanceYourPhD video! Music intro: Oboe solo by Guillermo Milla from Maestro Cusqueño.
47:38
February 15, 2021
Episode 1: Deans of Diversity and Inclusion, Dr Sarah Gergel and Dr Hisham Zerriffi
Tuning into the Forest: Stories of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in Nature In this first episode, I talked with two professors of the Faculty of Forestry (FoF) that are leading the way in terms of challenging conversations, training, and ultimately, policies. Dr. Sarah Gergel is a Full Professor and the first Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at the Faculty of Forestry. Her lab studies the impact of human activities on landscape dynamics. Dr. Hisham Zerriffi is an Associate Professor and was recently appointed as the incoming Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion of the Faculty. His lab studies the intersection of technology, energy, and the environment. They both are very active on Twitter, here their Twitter handles: https://twitter.com/GergelSarah https://twitter.com/hishamzerriffi  In this episode, we also talked about some events and JEDI driven teams at FoF, click on their names to find out more: Diversity Crew website, Diversity Council, and the Virtual Lunch in the Forest Series! Music intro: Oboe solo by Guillermo Milla from Maestro Cusqueño.
01:04:22
January 30, 2021
Trailer of Tuning into the Forest
Stories of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Nature Thank you for joining this community! Oboe solo by Guillermo Milla (extract from Maestro Cusqueño)
01:10
January 26, 2021