Speakers for Keepers of the Water VI: Our Waters are One
September 26-29, 2012 · Fort Nelson, BC
Research Ecologist, Shifting Mosaics Consulting

Sonja Leverkus, PhDcand, P.Ag., R.P.Bio., is a landscape ecologist and range agrologist with extensive professional experience in Northern BC. She spent the past six years working for the BC Forest Service and is now currently employed with Keefer Ecological Services leading their northern office based in Fort Nelson. Ms. Leverkus's expertise lies in range management, prescribed fire and invasive species. She is also pursuing her PhD in natural resource ecology and management with a focus on pyric herbivory and landscape ecology along with the ecological restoration of an endangered species, Wood bison. She is an Afanasiev Distinguished Graduate Fellow at Oklahoma State University.

In 2011, Ms. Leverkus and the Fort Nelson First Nation were awarded an Aboriginal Fund for Species At Risk Grant, through Environment Canada, which supported the Dene Fire Project and their work on documenting the traditional and cultural interaction of the Dene with fire. This work has already received national recognition and forms the foundation for the Fort Nelson First Nation Ecosystem Restoration Strategy and the North East Prescribed Fire Council.

Ms. Leverkus is passionate about conserving biodiversity and collaborating to mobilize traditional knowledge with science in natural resource management and development. She continues to work closely with a variety of stakeholders including Guide Outfitters, local community members and Government Agencies as well as with the Treaty 8 First Nations in Northern BC. She started her own business in 2011, Shifting Mosaics Consulting, which is a proud sponsor of Keepers of the Water 6: Our Waters are One.

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