Director, West Coast Program
Nature Conservancy of Canada
Tanya Wahbe is an applied conservation ecologist interested in the environmental-human health intersect, indigenous community health, and landscape connectivity contributing to ecosystem and food security. She earned her MSc (1997) and PhD (2003) in wildlife ecology and population genetics from the UBC Centre for Applied Conservation Research in the Faculty of Forestry. During postdoctoral training at the UBC Institute for Aboriginal Health, Tanya evaluated impacts of environmental contaminants on traditional foods and community health of two BC First Nations. In partnership with indigenous people in Ecuador, she co-lead an international development project in food security that promoted youth leadership and gender equality. Tanya sits on the Integrated Advisory Committee advising and informing planning initiatives on Haida Gwaii, and is an Adjunct Professor in the UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems.