Emily Gonzales (M.Sc. Wildlife Ecology (Guelph), PhD Restoration Ecology (UBC) believes that people and relationships are central in the solution to every ecological issue. She is an Ecological Restoration Specialist for Parks Canada, where her work focuses on restoring relationships among humans and more-than-humans. She is also working to link on-the-ground restoration with international policy and targets including the 2022-2030 Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Target for ecosystem restoration. Emily also chairs the Science and Policy Committee for the Society for Ecological Restoration. This committee, comprised of representatives from every global region, developed the 10 Principles of the UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration, defined international standards for ecological restoration and generally aims to elevate science and policy in ecological restoration at the global scale. Emily also teaches Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology at the University of Victoria.

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