Dr. Kristine Lawson is a West Coast settler woman of Turtle Island and has lived up and down the coastline from Santa Cruz in central California to Juneau, Alaska. She now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the unceded lands of the Musqueam Indian Band and the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Kristine’s grandparents did lifelong community building work with their Native American neighbours in Juneau and coastal Washington, which is likely where her spirit for bridge-building comes from. She also learned about plants and storytelling from them. In addition to her western training as an anthropologist, Kristine spent eight years working on rivers in the backcountry classrooms of the Fraser River watershed, the Rocky and Sierra mountain ranges of BC, Alberta, and California, and the Daintree Rainforest of Far North Queensland. Kristine is happy to be working on bringing matters of science and spirit together in useful ways.