Karuk-UC Berkeley Collaborative members and supporters.  Photo by Lisa Liu.

Karuk-UC Berkeley Collaborative members and supporters.

Karuk-UC Berkeley Collaborative.  The Collaborative is a partnership between the Karuk Tribe and UC Berkeley researchers working together with their allies to enhance the eco-cultural revitalization of the people and landscapes within Karuk ancestral lands.  Two primary goals of the Collaborative are to facilitate UC Berkeley scientific collaborations with the Karuk Tribe and help support youth eco-cultural education programs.  The Collaborative was co-founded by Karuk Tribal member Ron Reed, Professor Tom Carlson, and Senior Researcher Jennifer Sowerwine.

ESPM Working Group on Interdisciplinarity.  This project is currently being developed by members of “Interdisciplinari-Tea” or “IDTEA,” a graduate seminar intended to foster interdisciplinarity within Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM).  The group provides safe space for individuals from across campus to explore interdisciplinary approaches to environmental studies. By creating a more formalized working group, we hope to provide support for additional interdisciplinary research opportunities for ESPM students and faculty.   IDTEA is  currently co-taught by Professors Louise Fortmann and Justin Brashares, and facilitated by graduate student Melissa Eitzel.

Berkeley Watershed Governance Group.  This project began as a graduate conversation group seeks to understand watershed processes and governance institutions as complex social-ecological systems.  Group members bring together a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, including ecology, biology, geography, sociology, planning, and energy resources. Through our collaboration, we hope to increase our understanding of watershed governance from an interdisciplinary perspective. Our intent is to create a space where we can discuss emerging themes in watershed governance and critically examine existing models of water resources governance.   For a list of group member list and more information, please see

The American Indian Graduate Student Association (AIGSA).   AIGSA is a student organization at UC Berkeley that works to support and promote American Indian graduate students at Berkeley.  The group holds monthly meetings and events.  Every spring, our group hosts Native youth for the UC Berkeley’s annual open house on “Cal Day” to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the college experience  We give campus tours, organize panel discussions, and host a pizza party to help connect youth with current Native American students at Cal.  For a list of current student officers,

Restoration Ecology Seminar Group (2011-2013).  This group first met as members of a cross-disciplinary graduate seminar on restoration ecology.  In an attempt to understand new directions in the field of restoration, we created a writing group, which consisted of environmental scientists and practitioners, geographers, landscape architects, and environmental planners.  Through a literature review and case study analysis, our group  discussed interactions between social and ecological processes in restoration, as well as the linkages between the science and practice of restoration ecology.   The initial seminar and discussion group was facilitated by Professor Katie Suding,

Indigenous Mapping Network student chapter at UC Berkeley (2009-2011).  IMN was a non-profit organization organized to created to support mapping approaches developed with and by Indigenous peoples.  At Berkeley, we created a student chapter of IMN to support a monthly speaker series on Indigenous mapping issues.   Our meetings provided a platform for discussion and collaboration, which exposed group members to mapping approaches, emerging technologies, and current research theories.  The student chapter was co-founded by Rosemarie McKeon and Sibyl Diver.  For more information see Also see