Photo by Ezra Distler, 2018

Jessica Dolan earned her Ph.D. from McGill University in 2016, and her M.Sc. from University of Kent at Canterbury in 2005. She is an environmental anthropologist and ethnobotanist, who researches and writes about human relationships with the natural world, land-based learning, environmental management, food security, culturally significant plant species, and composting.

She has worked with Indigenous communities in Canada and the United States for the last ten years on projects that contribute to environmental restoration, education, traditional knowledge revitalization, land conservation, and Indigenous sovereignty. She has worked primarily with the Haudenosaunee, in their communities of Six Nations of the Grand River, Onondaga, Akwesasne, and Kahnawá:ke, but also has worked with the Cree Nation of Wemindji and on pan-Indigenous and Urban Indigenous education, research, and advocacy. Before that, she did research in Ireland on traditional environmental knowledge.

She is active in the Society of Ethnobiology, applied anthropology, conservation, and Indigenous Studies scholarly networks. Bridging policy, university, and community-based projects, she most recently worked as an environmental assessment officer and youth and elders camp coordinator for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Environment Program. Her current project is researching and writing an ethnobotanical field guide, combining archival and community-based research in Haudenosaunee and Algonquin communities. She is also writing about ethics of Native/non-Native collaborations in environmental work, and about Haudenosaunee traditional food systems and sovereignty. In 2019 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship as the Canada Visiting Research Chair in Food Security at the University of Guelph. She currently teaches at Community College of Vermont. She grew up in Brattleboro. For more information, please see:

Jessica’s Research & Contributions to the Words Project