AoR 116: Understanding Nature's Contributions to People, with Anna Clare Monlezun

Anna Clare is a rangeland ecosystem scientist, systems thinker, synthesizer, and collaborative facilitator. This interview continues with one of the major themes of the SRM Ecosystem Services report introduced in episode 111 with Lauren Porensky and Jeff Goodwin -- human dimensions of ecosystems, including sociocultural valuations. The conversation spans ways of identifying and valuing intangible ecosystem services, the Millenium Ecosystem Assessment terminology for these concepts, using Q statistical methodology to identify commonalities in sociological data rather than differences, and the perspectives of ranchers on "Nature's Contributions to People." A rancher herself, she brings her unique skillset to natural resource and grazing management in both her for-profit company, Graze LLC, and non-profit organization, Rangeland Living Laboratory. Anna Clare's dissertation work on ecosystem services was funded by the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education program. Her PhD Committee included Stacy Lynn, Kelly Jones, Randall Boone, and Ryan Rhoades.

Mentioned Resources

Article in Rangelands by Anna Clare Monlezun, "Why We Should Consider Cattle Partners."

Robin Wall Kimmerer book, "Braiding Sweetgrass", on the role of indigenous knowledge in current scientific endeavors.

Ecosystem Services (journal) article, "Nature’s contribution to people as a framework for examining socioecological systems: The case of pastoral systems."

SRM Rangeland Ecosystem Services report

Fina Anna Clare on LinkedIn

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