Robin Wall Kimmerer

Robin Wall Kimmerer (born 1953) is an American Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology, and Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

She is the author of numerous scientific articles, and the books Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses (2003), and Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants (2013). An audiobook version was released in 2016, narrated by the author. 

She is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation,[1] and combines her heritage with her scientific and environmental passions.

Kimmerer teaches courses on Land and Culture, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Ethnobotany, Ecology of Mosses, Disturbance Ecology, and General Botany.

Director of the newly established Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at ESF, which is part of her work to provide programs that allow for greater access for Indigenous students to study environmental science, and for science to benefit from the wisdom of Native philosophy to reach the common goal of sustainability.[4]


Featured photo credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Ted Talk: Reclaiming the Honorable Harvest
Questions for a Resilient Future: Robin Wall Kimmerer
On Being Podcast – The Intelligence of All Kinds of Life

In this podcast, Dr. Kimmerer introduces the concept of new pronouns for living, animate beings: ki (singular), and kin (plural) inspired by the Anishinaabe language, and mirrored in other languages (Spanish, French) including an alternative spelling of chi (life force) from Traditional Chinese medicine.

Robin Wall Kimmerer – The Intelligence in All Kinds of Life

“The rocks are beyond slow, beyond strong, and yet yielding to a soft green breath as powerful as a glacier, the mosses wearing away their surfaces, grain by grain bringing them slowly back to sand. There is an ancient conversation going on between mosses and rocks, poetry to be sure.

Podcast: Bryology (Moss) with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

Bryology (MOSS) with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

Listen to this episode from Ologies with Alie Ward on Spotify. An instant classic. You’ll listen on repeat as world-renowned author, botanist, Indigenous ecology professor and bryologist Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer talks about her passion for moss.


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