About Rosalyn LaPier

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Rosalyn is an award winning Indigenous writer and ethnobotanist with a BA in physics and PhD in environmental history. She studies the intersection of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) learned from elders and the academic study of environmental history. Hear her story on Spark Science.

Rosalyn grew up on the Blackfeet reservation in Montana. She splits her time between living in the heart of Salish country in Missoula, Montana and the Blackfeet reservation. She learned about ethnobotany from her maternal grandmother Annie Mad Plume Wall and her aunt Theresa Still Smoking. 

Rosalyn has written two books, a Blackfeet language lexicon, several book chapters, academic journal articles and dozens of general audience articles and commentaries. Her writing has appeared in The Conversation, Washington Post, High Country News, Grist, Huffington Post, Associated Press, TeleSUR, Univision,  Indianz.com and other venues. She is currently working on her third book, “Plants That Purify: The Natural and Supernatural History of Smudging.”  

Rosalyn's longtime passions include the revitalization of Indigenous languages and traditional ecological knowledge.  She is the founder of Saokio Heritage. As an activist she advocates for both Indigenous and western science based decision making.  She was one of the organizers of the March for Science in 2017, the largest day of science advocacy in history, with over one million participants in 600 cities worldwide. She also co-authored the Indigenous Science Statement

Rosalyn is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Montana and a Research Associate at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. She received the 2018 George M. Dennison Presidential Faculty Award for Distinguished Accomplishment at the University of Montana.

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