Name: Alyssa Sgro
Position: Current MA Student (Sustainability Studies, Trent University)
Research Project: Contaminants in Traditional Foods: Examining the relationship between risk perception, communication and health
Academic Background: BSc Indigenous Environmental Sciences (Trent University)
Contact Information: alyssasgro [at] trentu.ca
About the researcher: Alyssa is member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, and grew up in Anishinaabe territory, Treaty 3, Manito Aki Inakonigaawin (Great Earth Law). She is a graduate of B.Sc. Honours Indigenous Environmental Sciences, Trent University, Class of 2017.
Alyssa is currently a graduate student, supervised by IESS Program Co-director Dr. Chris Furgal, in the MA Sustainability Studies program. She is the Teaching Assistant for IESS 3730 ‘Indigenous Peoples, Health and the Environment’ and a tutor for the IESS Resource Centre. Alyssa’s research interests include factors that influence risk perception about environmental contaminants in traditional foods in Indigenous populations, specifically with a focus on environmental health communication in northern Indigenous communities. She also spends much of her time learning about ethnobotany and traditional plant medicines and utilities.