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Tony Marks-Block

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Tony Marks-Block

In the Field
Research Interests: 
California Indian subsistence ecology, Anthropogenic broadcast fire, Indigenous livelihoods, Fire ecology and pyrogeography, Political ecology

About

I was raised in southeast San Francisco where I was active in environmental justice movements and ecological restoration projects. After graduating with a degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University I spent six years developing participatory action research projects with youth of color in Oakland, California, on local air and water quality issues.

My field work explores the feedbacks and relationships between anthropogenic broadcast fire (prescribed burning), culturally-important species (e.g., oaks, hazelnut, deer), and ecological communities in northwest California Indian territories in the Klamath river watershed.  Through this work I am exploring how prescribed fire in the context of land dispossession and fire exclusion/suppression may maintain or influence indigenous resources and economies, as well as shape pyrogeography and ecology. More broadly I am interested in whether the subsistence and socio-cultural systems of small-scale societies generate ecological heterogeneity and co-evolutionary relationships, using the ecological framework of alternative stable states.