Associate Professor; Director, Indigenous Research Partnerships
My research interests include ethnobotany, mycology, natural product chemistry and Aboriginal health. I am especially concerned with organismal and chemical diversity and their intersection with human and environmental health. I am interested in Indigenous peoples’ worldviews and their use of ecosystem resources to maintain health and wellness, particularly plants and fungi used in traditional medicine. In the last 10 years, I have taken an active role in Aboriginal health research, including Indigenous medicinal systems, food security, environmental health, research ethics, and Indigenous research methodologies. Through my research program, I have addressed health issues affecting Aboriginal people (e.g., environmental contaminants in traditional foods; impact of indoor moulds in Aboriginal housing). I strive to integrate interprofessional research practices and education, and merge Indigenous knowledge traditions and Western academic disciplinary positions and cultural contexts, while maintaining academic rigor. By doing so, I embrace values of respect, tolerance and diversity in my research and education involvement.
ecological and socio-economic intensification for food security in smallholder agriculture in the Andes, Peru
assessment of indoor moulds in Aboriginal housing and impacts on health
identification of potential sources of bioactive molecules from BC fungi
impacts of environmental contaminants on traditional marine foods and medicines
antioxidant activities, total phenolic content, and antimicrobial properties of BC native plants and entomogenous fungi
evaluation of plants with mercury chelating properties