Scholarly and action-oriented team research
Historical and Ethnoecological Research Lab
We study human-landscape interactions in the past and how those dynamics relate to the present. Our collective research efforts are particularly geared towards the historical ecology of forests in settler Nations the co-evolution of people and the inhabited landscape. To study these relationships, we consider methodological approaches from the fields of archaeology, ethnoecology, functional botany, ecology, and molecular biology. Ultimately, the goal of the HER Lab is to understand the role of history in shaping the structure and function of ecosystems and to interrogate the role of colonialism within environmental and heritage management research and policy.
Dr. Armstrong is currently conducting historical-ecological research in northern Ts'msyen and Gitxsan homelands with a focus on traditional resource and environmental management. Current and ongoing work includes the identification and study of ancient forest garden and orchard ecosystems, Indigenous data sovereignty, and the evolution of the Malus genus. The HER Lab in Indigenous Studies at Simon Fraser University is currently accepting exceptional graduate students with a desire to undertake exploratory and outdoor research with a purpose.
Landscape archaeology, ethnoecology, historical ecology, environmental archaeology, ethnobotany, paleoethnobotany, phytogeography, traditional resource & environmental management, heritage management, organismal botany, dendrecology, population genetics
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Library and Archives Canada