Sibyl Diver, Ph.D., Lecturer, Earth Systems Program, Stanford University. I am an interdisciplinary environmental scientist doing community engaged research on Indigenous water governance, primarily in Pacific Rim salmon watersheds. I also have a strong background with collaborative management in tribal fisheries and forestry. At Stanford, I teach environmental governance and environmental justice and also co-direct the Environmental Justice Working Group.

I completed my PhD at the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley, where I crosstrained in community-based participatory research and decolonizing methodologies, fisheries ecology, and political ecology. These speak to my broader research interests at the intersection of sustainability and social justice. 

For the past 20 years I have worked in partnership with community leaders on issues of Indigenous peoples and salmon around the North Pacific – in the Russian Far East, Alaska, Canada and the US. Previous to graduate school, I spent eight years doing international conservation work and facilitating international exchanges with community leaders as a Russian translator, where I first learned about the deep connections between salmon conservation and Indigenous peoples.

As part of my research, I have spent the last twelve years partnering with tribal managers at the Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources (California, US), and we are currently working on collaborative research to conduct a social impact assessment of Klamath dam removal. I have also worked with members of the Xaxli’p Community Forest (British Columbia, Canada). I am also engaged in multiple collaborations involving Indigenous and allied scholars.

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