Dominique David Chavez

Puerto Rico
Fellow Year: 
2015 - 2016
About Dominique David Chavez

Dominique will provide her Taíno tribal community with a much needed resource by establishing a formal network to support Indigenous scholars, conservation practitioners, and educators currently engaged in projects involving Indigenous science knowledge. In addition to community-based project profiles and contact information, this web-based forum/network will provide a venue for highlighting effective practices and research coming out of this region, connect Indigenous scholars working in the Caribbean for collaborative efforts, and provide a high quality resource database designed specifically for educators and mentors working on community-based Indigenous science projects. Broader influences of this initiative include setting up infrastructure for a sustainable network that bridges emerging professional research and the communities that will be most impacted as well as assessing tools for increasing engagement of underrepresented populations in community-based science education and conservation.