Nicholas James Reo

|Associate Professor
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Associate Professor of Indigenous Environmental Studies

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Dr. Nicholas J. Reo is a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He is Associate Professor of Native American and Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College where he studies Indigenous knowledge and ecological stewardship on Indigenous lands. Dr. Reo blends ecological, anthropological and Indigenous methodologies in his work, often via tribal community-university partnerships.


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  • B.S. University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment
  • M.S. University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Ph.D. Michigan State University Dept of Fisheries and Wildlife

Selected Publications

  • Reo, N.J., S.M. Topkok, N. Kanayurak, J.N. Stanford, D.A. Peterson, and L.J. Whaley (2019) Environmental Change and Sustainability of Indigenous Languages in Northern Alaska. Arctic 72(3): 215–228. DOI:

  • Schuster, R., R.R. Germain, J.R. Bennett, N.J. Reo, and P. Arcese (2019) Vertebrate biodiversity on indigenous-managed lands in Australia, Brazil, and Canada equals that in protected areas. Environmental Science & Policy 101. pp 1-6.

  • Reo, N.J. (2019) Inawendiwin and Relational Accountability in Anishnaabeg Studies: The Crux of the Biscuit. Journal of Ethnobiology, 39(1):65-75.

  • Reo, N.J. and L.A. Ogden (2018) From invasive species to migrating nations: broad perspectives of invasive species plants in Anishnaabe aki. Sustainability Science: 1-10.

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Works In Progress

  • Te Ara Moana documentary film (in production 2020-21) about Māori responsibilities and relationalities with coastal environments

  • Ohneganos, an Indigenous water research program led by Professor Dr. Dawn Martin Hill

  • Indigenous Confluence, a network and ongoing Indigenous knowledge exchange between various Indigenous nation partners from Turtle Island and Aotearoa. In this initiative, topics and group composition are fluid and the exhanges center on Indigenous principles such as relational accountability and respect for Indigenous protocols.