Master’s Student, Environmental Science
Alishia Orloff is a graduate researcher currently obtaining her Master’s in Environmental Science at Yale University. She has a strong interest in the biocultural implications of traditional land management and indigenous science. She is currently conducting ecological research with regards to agroecological restoration of kalo on the He’eia wetlands in Hawai’i. This project aims to understand the use of traditional management in maintaining structural and diverse habitat for a variety of ecosystem services. This work promotes conservation efforts for endangered aquatic plants and migratory birds as well as the human dimensions of traditional knowledge of taro cultivation. Alishia utilizes community-based approaches to scientific methodology that engage and acknowledge communities most directly impacted. Her research prioritizes the reaffirmation and integration of traditional ways of knowing as a lens for holistic understandings of our complex ecosystems. Advocating for the necessity of contextualized science, Alishia aims to reframe dominant narratives of scientific epistemologies to address systemic injustices as they pertain to food sovereignty.