Marisa Lanker

Marisa Lanker is a PhD student in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Previously, she received her M.S. in Agroecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her B.A. in International Development from Ohio State University.  Her community-based, participatory work looks through decolonial and political ecological lenses at themes of agrobiocultural diversity and perenniality, indigenous ways of knowing, multispecies narratives, and food sovereignty.  Her current research centers on the connection between differing narratives of indigeneity and different formations of agrobiodiversity on smallholder farms in northwest Guatemala. In line with LICCI’s work, she will particularly focus on how indigenous smallholder farmers perceive a changing climate to have altered the composition of—and their relationship with—the plants in and around their fields. On the larger scale, Marisa is inspired to collaborate with LICCI to raise up indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ voices into global knowledge construction around climate change and its lived realities.