Talk of the Bay from KSQD
Talk of the Bay from KSQD
Environmental Scientist Joanna Nelson on Right Relationship between Land, Sea, and Humans

On Talk of the Bay Tuesday June 2, 2020 host Christine Barrington will be talking with environmental scientist and social activist Joanna Nelson about right relationship and how it forms the foundation of both healthy biological, and social, ecosystems.

Listeners will venture through Joanna’s global work collaborating with tribal councils, resource managers, and academic teams to understand the profound effects of human choices upon diverse eco-systems. Whether it is wildfires from Alaska to the American West, or fertilizer run-off transforming estuaries where the land meets the sea, human beings are needing to rethink how they do civilization.

From the land we’ll venture into the social arena exploring Joanna’s work to transform the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics into a more inclusive environments where women, people of color and non-binary people can thrive and bring forward their contributions in more inclusive, resilient social ecosystems.


Explore Joanna’s environmental work via her website: Land Sea Science

Explore Joanna’s social activist work on behalf of greater inclusitivioty within the STEM fields at Softer Edge

Join the movement to Reimagine Science and join the critical conversations around the future of science.

To learn more about fire-adapted communities and Indigenous leadership in cultural burning, as well as our County’s Fire Safe Council:
To learn more about local Indigenous leadership in land stewardship and climate action
Amah Mutsun Land Trust a non-profit land-trust of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band
Kanyon “Coyote Woman” Sayers-Rood, of Indian Canyon Kanyon works with many collaborators, and she and her mom, Ann-Marie Sayers, have made Indian Canyon a welcome place for ceremony for all Native people to come to sacred land.
To learn more about our local estuary, where freshwater meets the ocean:
Elkhorn Slough Foundation and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
To learn more about programs for inclusive, equitable work in STEM
National STEM Collaborative (NSTEMC) focused on Women of Color
The non profit 500 Women Scientists (, where I’m part of the San Francisco Bay pod
and 500 Queer Scientists
There are many scientific societies to support people by affinity group (just two examples, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and the locally-headquartered Society for Advancement Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science
At UCSC: the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, with faculty lead Dr. Erika Zavaleta (who was my primary PhD advisor),