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. 

Rosalyn regularly speaks on the topics of traditional ecological knowledge, the intersection of natural science and Native American religious practices, and Native American activism. 

Invited Speaking Engagements (Selected)


"Being Human in the Age of Humans," Indiana University, May 17-20, 2018.

"Science for the People," Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University, May 3, 2018.

“Protest as Pilgrimage: From Idle No More to Standing Rock," Parliament of World Religions, University of Chicago, April 23-24, 2018. 

"Indigenous Ecologies," University of Virginia, April 13-14, 2018.

"Indigenous Science, Storytelling and Smudging," Science Center, Brown University, March 14, 2018. (Postponed due to weather).

Harvard Divinity School, November 14, 2017.

Mount Holyoke College, November 13, 2017.

Montana State University, November 6, 2017.

University of Calgary, October 30, 2017.

Society Advancing Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, October 20, 2017.

University of California at Davis, October 18, 2017.


“Protest as Sacred Place,” “Religion in Contemporary Public Life in the Americas Conference,” Mount Holyoke College, MA, April 8, 2017. Invited Keynote.

“Is Smudging a Religious Ritual or a Routine?” Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, March 2, 2017. Invited Keynote.

“Decolonizing Environmentalism,” North American Indian Center of Boston, Boston, MA, February 23, 2017. Panel.

What Makes a Place a ‘Sacred’ Place?” Program in Religious Studies, Brandeis University, Boston, MA, November 4, 2016.

Indigenous Cultural Revitalization,” Mahindra Harvard Humanities Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, October 26, 2016.

People, Plants and Purity: Blackfeet Women of the O’kan,” Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, October 25, 2016.

“Smudging and Reconstructing Indigenous Knowledge,” Translating Across Time and Space Conference, American Philosophical Society co-sponsored by the Penn Humanities Forum, Philadelphia, PA, October 15, 2016.

“Representation and Native American Activism in Chicago,” Indians in the Midwest: Representations in the Arts and Archives Conference, Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, October 1, 2016.

Boston Stands with Standing Rock,” Boston, MA, September 15, 2016.