Fresh Banana Leaves — An Indigenous Approach To Science : Short Wave Dr. Jessica Hernandez's new book examines the role of displacement — Indigenous peoples like her father, who was displaced by the civil war in El Salvador, and plants like the banana tree, brought from Asia to Central America — in science. Jessica, an environmental scientist, talks with Emily about how important it is to make sure that Indigenous people and their knowledge are centered as humans work to save or restore land in the era of climate change.

Fresh Banana Leaves — An Indigenous Approach To Science

Fresh Banana Leaves — An Indigenous Approach To Science

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Dr. Jessica Hernandez's book starts with her father's story about being a child soldier in the civil war in El Salvador. Dr. Jessica Hernandez, Ph.D. hide caption

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Dr. Jessica Hernandez, Ph.D.

Dr. Jessica Hernandez's book starts with her father's story about being a child soldier in the civil war in El Salvador.

Dr. Jessica Hernandez, Ph.D.

Dr. Jessica Hernandez's new book examines the role of displacement — Indigenous peoples like her father, who was displaced by the civil war in El Salvador, and plants like the banana tree, brought from Asia to Central America — in science. Jessica, an environmental scientist, talks with Emily about how important it is to make sure that Indigenous people and their knowledge are centered as humans work to save or restore land in the era of climate change.

This story was edited and fact-checked by Gisele Grayson and produced by Rebecca Ramirez. Josh Newell and Natasha Branch were the audio engineers this episode.