Well, first of all please let me welcome you to the Environmental Conservation Lab (ECL), whether it be this website or our lab complex at 303 Wallace Bldg at University of Manitoba.
If you visit, you’ll see a large number of us working on projects that have substantial implications for environmental and food justice and environmental health.
As I write this, there are eight PhD students, seven Masters, four undergrad students as well as two Research Associates and many university and community research assistants working together towards this end.
This work is almost all issues-based and involves extensive collaboration with communities and other stakeholders (NGOs, activists, government, industry etc.).
It also blends research proper, with education, and outreach.
Perhaps unsurprisingly it covers a great diversity of projects and interests.
And it is all aimed at achieving desirable and meaningful change around these issues
So please explore the research projects that are described on this website, and get to know some of the students whom are the real experts and drivers of this work.
If ECL had a formal mission statement (something else to work on, I suppose), it would likely highlight the importance of active collaboration with communities and other stakeholders, especially those that are vulnerable such as Indigenous, refugee, and rural communities, in achieving environmental and social justice. Here in Canada and elsewhere in the world.
This work can be best seen as occurring in several (sometimes overlapping) clusters at ECL
- environmental justice
- wildlife disease (bovine TB, BSE) with rural communities
- environmental health (CWD) with Indigenous communities
- implications of water management and governance for vulnerable peoples in Israel, China, and western Canada
- food justice
- Manitoba Alternative Food Research Alliance
- direct marketing with farmers in western North America
- consumer and farmer networks in South Korea
- support networks between Northern Indigenous and Southern rural communities
- social-ecology of invasives and environmental restoration
- Red Bartsia, an invasive species across much of Canada
- prairie and forest restoration
- GM crops in western Canada and South Korea
- risk and science communication
- new social media: podcasts, blogging, vblogging etc.
- community and campus radio
- newspapers and newsletters
Regardless of its focus, this work emphasizes the importance of effective outreach and of addressing the issues at hand…whether this be environmental and wildlife health with Indigenous communities, food sovereignty with farmers, or partnering with inner city neighbourhoods around food security.
So please check out the ECL website, and find out more about us and our work, whether this be peer review publications, research videos, or affiliations with partnering organizations.
For additional information you might also check out the following websites that also highlight our work
- Colin Anderson’s work on direct marketing:www.farmtoforkresearch.com
- Our work with Manitoba Alternative Food Research Alliance:www.localANDjust.ca
- Our work with wildlife and environmental health and Indigenous communities in western Canada: www.inlandandlife.ca
- Our first documentary on GM crops and farmers:www.seedsofchangefilm.org
- Our radioshow and podcast on environmental, social, and food justice at www.shakingthetreeradio.ca
And of course feel free to contact me (see my contact info below) or anyone associated with the lab, and we’ll get back to you
To that end, we are always interested in partnering with like-minded folks and organizations, and in working with highly motivated graduate and undergraduate students
Thanks for your interest, and look forward to hearing from you.