Healing Indigenous Landscapes through Indigenous Science

Brown hands holding the globe surrounded by flowers. Says Jessica Hernedez across the middle.

Event Date

Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room

Dr. Jessica Hernandez (Binnizá & Maya Ch’orti’) is a transnational Indigenous scholar, scientist, and community advocate based in the Pacific Northwest. She has an interdisciplinary academic background ranging from marine sciences to environmental physics. Her work is grounded in her Indigenous cultures and ways of knowing. She advocates for climate, energy, and environmental justice through her scientific and community work and strongly believes that Indigenous sciences can heal our Indigenous lands.

Cover of Jessica Hernandez' book, Fresh Banana Leaves

Her book Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes through Indigenous Science (2022) breaks down why western conservationism isn’t working–and offers Indigenous models informed by case studies, personal stories, and family histories that center the voices of Latin American women and land protectors.

RSVPs appreciated, but not needed.

Looking for more time with Dr. Hernandez? Here's some more times to interact:

  • For undergraduate students: Interested undergraduate students can join Dr. Jessica Perea’s class in hosting Dr. Hernandez on Thursday from 12:10-1:15 in Teaching & Learning Complex (TLC) 3218. Please contact Dr. Perea at jbperea@ucdavis.edu if you plan to attend.
  • For graduate students and postdocs: Graduate students and postdocs can talk with Dr. Hernandez about professionalizing as an Indigenous scholar on Wednesday at 4 pm. RSVPs required. There will also be an opportunity to join her for dinner.
  • For faculty: Faculty can visit with Jessica on Thursday from 1:30-3:30 pm, Institute for the Environment conference room in the Barn. Please email me (smcc@ucdavis.edu) if you plan to attend.

This event is sponsored by the Feminist Research Institute, Department of Native American Studies, the Office of Public Scholarship and Engagement, the Energy graduate group, and the Cultural Studies graduate group.