Ecocultural Restoration and Salmon Science in the Klamath Basin
A field course co-generated with the Karuk Tribe’s Píkyav Field Institute
Summer A term field course!
Cleo Woelfle-Erskine AIS 475 A / SMEA 550A & B| I&S, NW, DIV credit | SUMMER 2019
Field study in Northern California, June 30-July 11 | Data workshop at UW July 15-17
This course will immerse students into ecocultural research collaborations along California’s Klamath River through ecological field work at restoration sites, cultural presentations by Native and non-Native salmon protectors, and readings in Indigenous studies, salmon ecology, river restoration, and watershed governance. UW students and Karuk students in the Píkyav Field Institute will learn together while collecting scientific data on salmon habitat projects with the Karuk Tribe, Quartz Valley Indian Community, Mid-Klamath Watershed Council, and Scott River Watershed Council. Through reflective multi-media field journals and collaborative data analysis projects, students will understand how Native and non-Native science and ecocultural systems intersect environmental governance projects like the Klamath dam removals. Group camping equipment will be provided. A course fee covers all food, lodging, and travel costs.
UW students priority enrollment: April 15-17. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ecopoetics Along Shorelines: Science and Justice around Puget Sound
Summer A term field course!
July Hazard & Cleo Woelfle-Erskine
Fri 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM | HONORS 391A/SMEA 550C / ENVIR 495F | I&S, NW, VLPA, & W credit | SUMMER 2019
Field intensive (required) takes place July 29-August 2 at the Olympic Natural Resources Center in Forks, WA. Course fee includes food, lodging and transportation.
This class will explore shadow histories of Seattle-area and Olympic Peninsula shores and waterways, examining maps, natural histories, and on-the-ground
legacies of dam-building projects. Through readings in poetry, ecology, shoreline management, indigenous studies, and feminist science and technology
studies, students will develop justice-seeking methodologies and create a final project of shoreline relational art. We will visit tribal lands, reflecting on
ecocultural politics of fishing, shell-fishing, and fisheries management. We will practice close observation of fluvial rhythms, and compose odes to the lake,
sound, and tides. We will trace buried waterways, gutters, and storm drains of Seattle, and develop an apparatus for investigating hidden flows. Via a field
writing intensive at the Olympic Natural Resources Center, students will be immersed in their own poetics of relation to area waters. Through weekly workshops
after the intensive, students will produce poetic and scientific writing, mapping, and visual art.