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Olivia Sylvester

Ph.D. Student
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Olivia Sylvester is a University of Manitoba doctoral candidate who researches human rights to foods and food harvesting practices, particularly in rainforests. For her Masters, she examined people’s access to wild foods in two Costa Rican national parks. For her Ph.D., she collaborated with an Indigenous rights organization (Centro Skṍkĩ) to develop a project evaluating Bribri Indigenous rights to harvest forest foods and medicines within Costa Rica’s largest protected area. Olivia is also a member of youth networks associated with the International Union for Conservation of Nature and a student board member of the International Society of Ethnobiology; these networks work at the interface of policy and practice regarding biocultural issues. After her Ph.D., Olivia plans to continue her work in Costa Rica and apply her background in ethnobotany and collaborative research to support human rights.

Watch a three minute video about Olivia’s work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm7WoMchZ8I and read more about her involvement with the International Society of Ethnobiology http://emerging-ethnobiologists.blogspot.ca/.

 
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