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Biocultural Diversity in Education Carla Paciotto, Ed.D., is currently an associate professor at Western Illinois University, where she teaches about culture, language and education in the contexts of indigenous and immigrant populations. Her research centers on language maintenance and shift and language education policy and planning, focusing on the role of native language instruction in the revitalization of endangered and lesser used languages. Her studies span from Mexico to the U.S., Italy and Slovenia. Her dissertation, “Bilingual Education for Chihuahua’s Tarahumara Children: A Study of the Contexts of an Emerging Program,” won the National Association of Bilingual Education Dissertation Award and the Italian Award for Studies Related to Bilingualism and Multilingualism and was published in in the volume Il bilinguismo tra conservazione e minaccia. Esempi e presupposti per interventi di politica linguistica e di educazione bilingue(Franco Angeli 2004). She has recently contributed articles to the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism and Language Policy. Carla has collaborated with Terralingua on the Sierra Tarahumara project since 2007, with a focus on bilingual education for Rarámuri community, particularly women and children.



Langscape

Ortixia Dilts has collaborated with Terralingua since 2008 as creative designer. Her passion for her work with Terralingua stems from her deep connection with nature and respect for native cultures. She is in charge of web development as well as of graphic design for Terralingua’s media and publications. She also serves as editor-in-chief of the e-magazine Langscape, Terralingua’s flagship publication and an emerging forum for the exploration of the many facets of biocultural diversity. Through the articles, stories and art she presents in Langscape, within an elegant sensory context, Ortixia aims to educate the minds and hearts of people about the importance and value of biocultural diversity. She is also in charge of outreach to and communications with Terralingua’s extensive network, maintains Terralingua’s Biocultural Diversity Conservation portal, and contributes to Terralingua projects, including the Biocultural Diversity Education Initiative and the Biocultural Diversity Conservation Toolkit.


Index of Linguistic Diversity harmon_gws_webDavid Harmon, M.Sc., is co-Principal Investigator on Terralingua’s Index of Linguistic Diversity project. Dave is Executive Director of The George Wright Society, an association of parks and protected areas professionals. He is responsible for overseeing the Society’s operations, including publishing The George Wright Forum and planning the Society’s biennial conferences. Continue reading →

 

 

Jonathan Loh

Jonathan Loh, M.Sc., is co-Principal Investigator on Terralingua’s Index of Linguistic Diversity project. He works on measuring and monitoring trends in global environmental change, natural resource use and biodiversity. He has worked since 1994 for WWF International, and is an Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Zoology, part of the Zoological Society of London. Continue reading →



Vitality Index of Traditional Environmental Knowledge (VITEK) Stanford Zent, Ph.D., is Principal Investigator on Terralingua’s project “Methodology for Developing a TEK Vitality Index (TEKVI): An index of the status and trends of Traditional Environmental Knowledge”. Stanford holds a degree in Anthropology from Columbia University. He has conducted long-term fieldwork among the Piaroa, Jotï and Eñepa indigenous groups of the Venezuelan tropical forest since 1984. He works as a Researcher and Professor in the Anthropology Department of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research, Caracas, Venezuela. His research interests include ecological anthropology, ethnobiology, traditional environmental knowledge, biocultural conservation, and native cultures of lowland South America.



Biocultural Diversity Conservation: A Global Sourcebook Ellen Woodley, Ph.D., was Coordinator of Terralingua’s project “Global Source Book on Biocultural Diversity”, and is co-author with Luisa Maffi of the book Biocultural Diversity Conservation: A Global Sourcebook (Earthscan, 2010). Ellen received her doctorate in Interdisciplinary Rural Studies from the University of Guelph in Canada. She is currently an independent consultant working on the integration of culture and traditional ecological knowledge in natural resource management and sustainable development. She has worked in the South Pacific (Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea), Indonesia, West Africa (Ghana, Nigeria), and with First Nation communities in Canada. Research interests include the integration of Indigenous Peoples’ ecological knowledge in resource management.



Membership and
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Support
Christine Arpita is the latest collaborator to join the Terralingua team. Christine draws on her range of life experience and broad perspective in order to promote biocultural diversity through her work. Staying in the background, she works with the necessary nuts and bolts of administrative support. Christine invites you to support Biocultural Diversity through our Terralingua Ubuntu Membership website.