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NAT KNOWLES

Wilderness Conservationist | Outdoor Athlete | Climate Scientist

 
In pursuit of that endless horizon and a

Fueled by a love of the mountains to help solve environment & climate challenges by aligning interests in profitability & sustainability

 
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CURRENT PROJECTS

 

HELICAT CANADA

Carbon Offset Strategy Development

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UN YOUNG CHAMPION OF THE EARTH

North American Finalist: Kayapo Project

PROTECT OUR WINTERS CANADA

Climate Science Alliance & Hot Planet Cool Athletes Program

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THE KAYAPO PROJECT

Biodiversity Conservation & Sustainable Tourism Development

CANADIAN MOUNTAIN NETWORK

SkiSim2.0 Climate Modeling

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Please feel free to get in touch to learn more about existing project, for research support or consultation, or to collaborate on an upcoming project together.

ABOUT

Natalie is a Canadian conservationist and explorer focused on social, economic and environmental sustainability in adventure travel and outdoor recreation. She was named a 2020 UN Young Champions of the Earth regional finalist and awarded the 2020 Adventure Travel Conservation Fund Grant for her work with the Kayapo developing conservation-based and indigenous-led adventure tourism in Brazil's Xingu River basin. Natalie also holds The Explorer's Club 2020 Rolex Grant for exploratory and participatory research integrating traditional knowledge and conservation technology with the Kayapo Xingu communities in Brazil.


She is concurrently a PhD researcher at the University of Waterloo's Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change investigating climate change impacts, adaptations and sustainability transitions in ski tourism and winter sports. This work is supported by a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canadian Graduate Scholarship, Sport Canada's Sport Participation Research Initiative, and Mitacs Accelerate & Globalink Awards,  in partnership with the Canadian Mountain Network and Protect Our Winters Canada. 

Natalie holds a Master of Science in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford, where she graduated with distinctions and earned a Blue Varsity Award for skiing. Previously she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Geography at the University of Denver, while a member of Denver's NCAA Div 1 National Champion Ski Team. Natalie also competed on Canada's Alpine Ski Team at the World Junior Championships and World University Games.

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WINTER SPORTS & CLIMATE CHANGE

Sport and Environmental Sustainability

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NATURE & ECONOMY

Biodiversity Revisited

LARGE INTACT FORESTS & INCLUSIVE CONSERVATION

Journal of Political Ecology

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MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS OF CLIMATE CHANGE RISK

Current Issues in Tourism

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WHEN IS GROWTH GOOD ENOUGH?

Seeds of Change

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REGIONAL SKI TOURISM RISK TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Journal of Sustainable Tourism

TARGETING SUSTAINABLE OUTCOMES WITH ADVENTURE TOURISM

Annals of Tourism Research

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CAN THE NORTH AMERICAN SKI INDUSTRY ATTAIN CLIMATE RESILIENCE?

Journal of Sustainable Tourism

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ECONOMIC IMPACT & SUSTAINABILITY NEXT PRACTICES

HeliCat Canada Association

 

SUPPORTED BY

SSHRC: JOSEPH-ARMAND BOMBARDIER CANADA GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

ADVENTURE TRAVEL CONSERVATION FUND

THE EXPLORERS CLUB:
ROLEX GRANT

CANADIAN MOUNTAIN NETWORK:
MITACS PARTNERSHIP

 
 

CONTACT NAT

University of Waterloo, Faculty of the Environment

1 720 226 5587

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