All of Us
Transforming western and Indigenous fisheries and marine sciences together
Tamamta, a Yup’ik and Sugpiaq word meaning 'all of us', is centered on elevating 14,000+ years of Indigenous stewardship and bridging Indigenous and Western sciences to transform graduate education and research in fisheries and marine sciences.
This program is motivated by the deep inequities that persist in the education and resource management systems in Alaska. While Alaska Natives make up nearly 20% of the state’s population, less than 3% of students and less than 1% of faculty in our college are Alaska Native. There is a near complete absence of Alaska Native people in state or federal resource management bodies, and a near complete absence of Indigenous knowledge being taught or guiding management. We want to change this!
In the Tamamta Program we are trying to transform our whole approach to education, research, and management. Our team builds on years of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary work to address pressing questions of equity and sustainability of life and relations in Alaska. Our fellows will use a co-production of knowledge (bridging Indigenous and Western knowledge) approach to explore key questions in our fisheries and marine and ocean systems.
Indigenous students are the heart of our program.
Tamamta Fellow Elizabeth Mik'aq Lindley (Yup'ik) holds a sayak
(red salmon) on the Kuskokwim River, 2017
We are Tamamta
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Professor, Marine Biology Director, Institute of Marine Science, Coastal Marine Institute
Research Assistant Professor; Science Lead, Alaska Arctic Observatory and Knowledge Hub
Associate Professor, Sustainability of Social-Ecological Systems; Co-Director, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment & Policy; Director, Alaska Fire Science Consortium
Tamamta Program Coordinator
We welcome additional UAF faculty to join us.
If you are interested, we will share our program proposal and schedule a meeting to ensure
alignment of goals and perspectives.
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The Tamamta Program is supported by the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) and Navigating the New Arctic programs (NRT: NNA: Tamamta (All of Us): Transforming Western and Indigenous Fisheries and Marine Sciences Together; award number 2022190).