Central New York Association of Professional Geologists

May 2024 Meeting: Dr. Maddy Nyblade, SUNY ESF "Geoscience, Colonialism, and Just Ways Forward: A Minnesota Case-Study"

  • Wednesday, May 01, 2024
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N Clinton St, Syracuse, NY 13204
  • 46


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • CNYAPG Student member dinner
  • Must be an active undergraduate or graduate student with a valid .edu e-mail address.
  • Attend talk via Zoom link

Please note that the registration options have changed.

The cost for PDH credit is now a line item that must be selected after you enter your registration information. The cost will be added to your dinner if you are attending the meeting in-person.

PDH for CNYAPG members is $15, non-members $25

Be sure to select the correct PDH button so that you will get a certificate after attending the talk.


Bio: Dr. Maddy Nyblade is an assistant professor at SUNY ESF and the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. She completed her BS in Geoscience at Penn State and her PhD in Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Minnesota. She researches the hydrologic impacts of climate and land cover change on culturally significant plants in partnership with Indigenous Nations. 

Abstract: The mainstream geological sciences have roots in colonization, yet geologists rarely interrogate the complex ways our science, our scientists, and our stories of science benefit the dominant society at the expense of Indigenous Nations. Without this critical analysis, the geology we teach and practice inaccurately appears as neutral and unattached to the genocide and land dispossession of Indigenous Peoples. This colonialism is evident in Minnesota's history: geologic mapping contributed to and was funded by land dispossession from Indigenous Peoples, specifically the Dakota, Ojibwe (Chippewa), and Ho-Chunk. In response to these critical reflections, geoscientists are (re)writing policy, commitments, and curriculum, as well as developing collaborations, all to uphold our obligations to Indigenous Nations and work towards justice in Minnesota and beyond. 

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