The New Field of Critical Ecology: Ecology Through the Lens of Decoloniality and Critical Social Theory

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Event Date

Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge

Join us to hear from Dr. Suzanne Pierre, founder and director of the Critical Ecology Lab! Dr. Pierre is a transdisciplinary scientist developing the new field of critical ecology, the study of basic ecological processes through the analytical lens of decoloniality and critical social theory. Her goal is to explain the phenomena of global change as responses to systems of global colonialism and capitalism. In 2020, she founded the Critical Ecology Lab, a non-profit multidisciplinary research collaborative that seeks to ask questions and inform others about how the invisible, unjust systems shaping our lives have brought about the current environmental crises. The Critical Ecology Lab began as a question: what does academic science miss by ignoring the relationship between long-term patterns of oppression and ecosystems? Some of the lab’s current projects include research into the ecological scars of slave plantations in the US Virgin Islands, Liberation Ecology Field Course, museum collaborations with the Museum and California Academy of Sciences, and the recent annual summit of their Eco-Afro Futures Initiative.

Dr. Pierre (she/her) is a soil microbial ecologist and biogeochemist, a writer, and transformer of social systems. She is the founder and the lead investigator of the Critical Ecology Lab, a nonprofit organization innovating research at the intersection of global ecological change, social justice, and liberation of oppressed peoples. She is a 2022 recipient of the National Geographic Society Wayfinder Award and is a National Geographic Explorer.

In-person event details

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Presentation begins at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets purchased in advance are $10 through Eventbrite (link coming soon) and free for students with a student ID. Tickets at the door are $15. Refreshments and a no-host bar will be available from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the Mountainside Bar at Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge, 1850 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145.

Enjoy dinner at Sunnyside either before or after the lecture where participants will be treated to 20% off their entire meal. 

For more information call 775-881-7560 or email

Can't make it in-person? Join us at the presentation date and time on zoom for a livestream of the presentation (link coming soon).

We are excited to partner with Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge as the location for the UC Davis TERC Science Speaker lecture series to be held at Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge in Tahoe City (directions). Free self-parking on-site and across the street.

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