Assistant Professor of Ethnoecology
Reviews Editor, Human Ecology
Publications Liaison, Society of Ethnobiology
Email: chelsey_geralda [at] sfu.ca
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia
Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution
PhD, Simon Fraser University
MA, University of Western Ontario
BA Hons., Simon Fraser University
Ethnoecology, historical ecology, phytogeography, environmental archaeology, traditional resource & environmental management, heritage management, Indigenous Rights and Title, extractive industries, ethnobotany, paleoethnobotany, organismal botany, dendrology, modern and ancient population genetics, Pacific Northwest
I have long had a fascination for understanding human-environment interactions and cultural landscapes across the Pacific Northwest. The cultural and ecological entanglements of the Northwest are so complex and politicized that I use my training in both natural and social sciences to better understand these eco-human dynamics. I'm currently based out of Terrace, British Columbia and I spend much of my time botanizing, fishing, and exploring the Skeena River.
I study human-landscape interactions in the past and how those dynamics relate to the present — particularly towards Indigenous sovereignty and socially just environmental conservation. I am interested in the historical ecology of northern homelands (the so-called frontier of the Canadian Petro State), and in understanding the co-evolution of humans and the inhabited landscape. To study these relationships I look at ancient plant macrofossils, (seeds, pericarps, wood charcoal), settlement history, landscape ethnoecology, and molecular biology (plant genetics). I've investigated ancient and recent management of Garry oak (Quercus garryana) and hazelnut (Corylus cornuta). Currently I'm exploring the environmental archaeology of northern homelands, traditional resource and environmental management of ancient forest garden ecosystems throughout British Columbia, and the evolution of the Malus genus. I am currently Assistant Professor in Indigenous Studies at Simon Fraser University and am accepting exceptional graduate students with a desire for outdoor adventure and research with a purpose.