Scholarly and action-oriented team research          


Historical and Ethnoecological Research Lab


Chelsey Geralda Armstrong, Lab Director
Assistant Professor Indigenous Studies, Simon Fraser University 
Reviews Editor, Human Ecology
Board of Directors, Society of Ethnobiology 



SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia

Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution

PhD Simon Fraser University 

Current Graduate Students

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Gary McQuaid (MA) 

Gary McQuaid has over two decades of experience working and recreating in alpine environments. It is no surprise that his current thesis project is based on mountain goat population dynamics and management. Gary is focusing on stakeholder relationships to mountain goats within the Skeena Region of British Columbia, which is also his home, and where he has worked as a hunting guide and participated in numerous harvests within a variety of cultural contexts. His research seeks to promote the cultural importance and improve the management of this iconic species by incorporating stakeholders (hunters, outfitters, managers), and their local knowledge, into current management regimes.  


Adrian Smith (MA)


Adrian is currently pursuing an MA in the Natural Resource and Environmental Studies (NRES) Program at the University of Northern British Columbia. Specializing in human geography. He is particularly interested in the relationship between people, environments, industry, and the history of land-use and how such relationships can be better understood for Gitxsan Rights and Title, For Adrian’s MA research we are is using novel historical-ecological methods to document how incremental clearcut logging has effected the culturally salient hauums (devil's club; Oplopanax horridus) in Luutkudziiwus' territory (Lax Yip Madii Lii).


Sage Vanier (MA) 

Sage is a master’s student in the department of Archaeology at SFU with Dana Lepofsky. As a member of the Faculty of Environment, her research focuses on past human-plant interactions, the persisting ecological legacies that these interactions leave on the landscape today, and how this data can challenge and inform current archaeological theory and practice. She seeks to utilize community-derived and community-oriented approaches that reconnect and strengthen ties to land and heritage.