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Natalie Ban

Natalie Ban - Environmental Studies

Professor & President's Chair

Environmental Studies

Office: DTB B250 250-853-3569
PhD (Resource Management and Environmental Studies) 2008, University of British Columbia
Area of expertise:
Marine conservation, marine protected areas, marine spatial planning, marine ethnoecology, fisheries, community-engaged research.

Office Hours

By appointment only.


  • supporting Indigenous-led environmental stewardship, especially in marine and coastal systems
  • fisheries management, focused on Indigenous-led fisheries stewardship and weaving with fisheries science
  • marine spatial planning and marine protected area design and management
  • human uses and impacts on the marine environment
  • effects of social-ecological dynamics on marine systems, including climate change

About Natalie Ban

Natalie joined the School of Environmental Studies in January 2013. Trained in geography, resource management and environmental studies, Natalie’s research is at the forefront of seeking solutions to contemporary challenges related to marine conservation and fisheries. Her research embraces multiple perspectives, diversities of solutions, and ways of knowing. Her team’s research priorities are shaped by the research needs and opportunities of partners, especially First Nations. Her research team is comprised of researchers who are passionate about making a difference in our oceans and coastal ecosystems through research and community engagement.

The work focuses on coastal and marine conservation and social-ecological systems, and integrates natural and social sciences, and braids together western and Indigenous knowledges when appropriate and led by Indigenous partners.

Accepting Grad Students?

Natalie is accepting graduate students. 

Prospective graduate students, please review the guidance on Natalie’s website and the Environmental Studies website.


Please see Natalie's Google Scholar profile for up-to-date publications.