Marks-Block, Tony

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Grad Status: 
First Year Cohort

I was raised in southeast San Francisco where I was active in environmental justice movements and ecological restoration projects. After graduating with a degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University I spent six years developing participatory action research projects with youth of color in Oakland, California, on local air and water quality issues.
My research interests are in California Indian ecological knowledge and how indigenous eco-cultural practices impact food sovereignty, cultural preservation, human/ecological health and biodiversity. I am interested in how state agencies and the settler/colonial population impact contemporary indigenous ecological practices as well as how native communities transfer knowledge to the next generations.