November 25, 2021
Dr. Hughie Jones is community member and Lead Research Scientist for Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation. In addition, he is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability – Ecohydrology Lab with Dr. Mark Johnson. His work focuses on using plant, water, soil and meteorological techniques to understand the impact of climate change and land/resource management on function and sustainability of agricultural, forest, and aquatic ecosystems. A crucial aspect of his research includes public outreach and the communication of research findings to stakeholders in order to maximize the impact of the research he performs (e.g., First Nations, farmers, governments). Currently, he leads the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation (ANSN) Climate and Lakes Project which is a community-led project aimed to increase the capacity of ANSN to monitor climate change and document Traditional Knowledge regarding their traditional territory, culture, and land-use. More specifically, the project team aims to understand 1) how climate impacts water quality and greenhouse gas emissions for two eutrophic lakes (Lac Ste Anne and Birch Lake, AB) located on ANSN, AB and 2) how climate change and environmental degradation has impacted Sioux people’s relationship with their traditional lands (through written, oral, and video accounts).