Traditional Ecological Knowledge as the Basis for Sustainability Studies
Students gaining hands-on experience with Hawaiian cultural practices to contribute to the restoration and conservation of natural resources
In Hawaii, indigenous traditions form the basis for ecosystem conservation and the creation of sustainable communities. Islands are a microcosm of the Earth as a whole and an ideal laboratory for examining the connections between terrestrial and marine systems. In this project, the Cornell Ocean Research Apprenticeship for Lynch Scholars (CORALS) program is partnering with the Hawaii Island-based Kohala Center to connect students with practitioners of traditional ecological knowledge in service of ecosystem restoration and conservation. Students work with community groups engaged in ecosystem restoration and monitor the impacts of land-based management practices on adjacent marine ecosystems.
Grant Category: Student Leadership
Topics: Culture, Language and History; Energy, Environment and Sustainability
Charles Greene, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Community partner: The Kohala Center
Engaged Opportunity Grants
Supporting a wide range of community-engaged learning projects, from student leadership programs and partnership building to events and conference travel. Open to all faculty and staff.