Az grew up in Treaty 8 Territory in northern Alberta near the confluence of the Peace and Notikewin rivers, where their family practised predominantly subsistence-based lifeways. Az received their BSc. Paleontology and MSc. Systematics and Evolution from the University of Alberta, a PhD. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas, and worked at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago IL before joining the Faculty of Science at University of Manitoba in 2021. Az is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences where they teach mycology and plant anatomy.
Az Klymiuk’s research at the University of Manitoba is structured around understanding community ecology (biotic and abiotic drivers, structure and diversity) of plant-fungal interactions in wetlands. Their journey in science, however, began in the study of fossil plants and fungi. This is work that Az continues to contribute to, while bridging gaps in how we conceptualize appropriate contemporary analogues for understanding the fossil record of plant-fungal interactions.
In this address, Az will share highlights from their path through science, explaining their holistic approach to scientific inquiry, and discussing some systemic barriers intrinsic to the contemporary culture of Western science.
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