Environmental Speaker Series Presents: Indigenous Mariculture and Its Importance

An indigenous man crouches on the shoreline. He has a bare torso, muscled arms, and uses his hands to sort seaweed.

Event Details




Online: Zoom

In-Person at WWU:
Academic West, Room 204



Brought to you by:

College of the Environment, WWU Alumni Office


Check out this video to watch the Emerging Issues in the Environmental Speaker Series Presents: Indigenous Mariculture and Its Importance.

Our ecosystems are under attack, how can we restore these environments? What does restoring the environment mean? Within Australia we see habitat restoration occur but how successful has this been and is there a better way. Learning from successful restoration projects in the Pacific North West indicates a very unique outcome to habitat restoration and maybe a different future of habitat restoration for Australia.

The Environmental Speaker Series is free and open to the public. Talks are held each Thursday at 4:30pm in Academic Instructional Center West, room 204. Join us at WWU or online on Zoom!


Mitch Gibbs holds up a sea urchin. He is smiling broadly, has white skin,  brown hair/beard, and wears a white T-shirt.

Dr. Mitch Gibbs, Speaker

Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Sydney

Mitchell is a proud Dunghutti man through kinship, and Lecturer and Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Sydney in the Schools of Geosciences and History, and Philosophy of Science. From Indigenous traditional owners and knowledge holders, he learns about our environments and ways to manage those environments using shellfish-associated practices handed down through oral and lived histories.

Mitchell’s Fulbright project is a collaboration between Australian First Nations and Coast Salish people to share their respective knowledge of shellfish. The aim is to improve understanding of the mechanisms and protocols that have been set in place to initiate and continue cultural revitalisation in association with community-driven habitat restoration.

Accommodations and Other Details

Contact the WWU Alumni Office for this event if you have questions or need disability accommodations by calling (360) 650-3353 or emailing Alumni@wwu.edu

Advance notice for disability accommodations and special needs is greatly appreciated. Please indicate your special needs on the registration form.

There will be auto-captions available for the Zoom webinar.

Limited paid parking is available in the C lots at the south end of campus and in lots 6V and 7G at the north end of campus. Western provides comprehensive parking details—including lot locations, applicable fees, and campus map. Please note that parking in the C lot and 12A by Fairhaven College is free after 4:30pm on weekdays and all hours on weekends.