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DEH Community Members

Dr. Stephanie Posthumus

Stephanie Posthumus is professor of European literatures at McGill University’s Department of Languages, Literatures, Cultures, in Montreal, Quebec. A pioneering scholar of French ecocriticism, plant and animal studies, she has published French Écocritique: Reading Contemporary French Fiction and Theory Ecologically (2017), French Thinking about Animals (2015), and Mouvantes et émouvantes: les plantes à travers le récit (2024). She also loves working in a community garden and hiking with her furry and not so furry companions. 

Dr. Julia Freeman

Dr. Julia Freeman is a Faculty Lecturer with the Bieler School of Environment. She holds a PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Freeman is an interdisciplinary social scientist concerned with sustainability challenges and their attendant social controversies. Her work has investigated the governance of emergent agricultural biotechnologies in the Global South across both urban and rural contexts. Current interests include social and urban sustainability, environmental debates, climate action, and human-plant interactions.

Dr. Renee Sieber

Heather Rogers

Heather Rogers is a digital environmental humanist and reproductive justice advocate. She is a graduate of the Digital Humanities program at McGill University where her research focused on women’s contributions to botanical history, new materialism, critical plant studies, and the relationship between technology and nature.

Ela Vermette-Furst

Ela Vermette-Furst is a Red River Métis (Michif) undergraduate student & researcher from Treaty 1 territory (Winnipeg, Manitoba). She is currently enrolled in a B.A. in Environment at McGill University and has been involved in multiple research projects exploring relationships between nature and marginalized communities using ecosystem service accounting, social-ecological resilience science, “two-eyed seeing” approaches and decolonial methodologies. Her honours thesis is in partnership with Indigenous leadership and explores pathways toward food sovereignty for First Nations in coastal British Columbia.