Brenda L. Parlee is from north-eastern Ontario, Canada. She has a B.A. from the University of Guelph (1995), and an M.E.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo (1998). She went on to receive her PhD from the University of Manitoba in Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) in 2005. She is currently Professor in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences. She has worked in northern Canada and globally for over 20 years on a range of collaborative and community-based research projects related to community-based monitoring, social-ecological change in the Mackenzie River Basin, wildlife health, Indigenous knowledge of caribou populations, sustainable resource development, the impacts of mining on community well being, biodiversity conservation and cooperative (co-management) of lands and resources in Alberta.
Brenda is Principal Investigator of Tracking Change - a collaborative research initiative focused on the role of local and traditional knowledge in the sustainable governance of the Mackenzie- Amazon-Mekong river basins.
An important area of Brenda’s work is around community-based monitoring of wildlife health including Chronic Wasting Disease in ungulates in central-northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories,
Indigenous engagement in monitoring the impacts of climate change is growing. This overview document provides some guidance on provisos and related community-based monitoring that cna provide guidance for communities seeking to develop their own monitoring programs.
Learning more about Chronic Wasting Disease important to Indigenous peoples in Alberta. This video was produced collaboratively with Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta and the Community Freezer Program of Samson Cree First Nation.
Brenda’s interdisciplinary publications focus on issues of community-based resource management, Indigenous knowledge systems, social-ecological resilience, community-based monitoring and the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples.
Brenda has collaborated on numerous projects with graduate students and Indigenous organizations. You can learn more about this work by checking out a selection of these plain language project newsletters.