The 2020 Urban Ethnobiology Fellowship winner is Natasha Fernandez-Perez!
Natasha is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her focus areas are foodways, environmental politics, disaster capitalism, and social justice. With the Urban Ethnobiology Fellowship, she will undertake her dissertation fieldwork in Puerto Rico. She will be researching how food relates to visions of sovereignty in the archipelago. She will study both modern urban foodways with transnational ties, as well as the recent local agroecological farming movement post-Hurricane María. The latter is using ecological human-plant relationships for the crafting of decolonized food landscapes and political freedom in the archipelago.