Nicholas James Reo

|Associate Professor
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Associate Professor of Indigenous Environmental Studies

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Dr. Nicholas J. Reo is a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He is Associate Professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies and Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College. Reo studies Indigenous knowledge and ecological stewardship on Indigenous lands. He blends ecological, anthropological and Indigenous methodologies with Indigenous nation partners to contribute to the stewardship, protection, and restoration of Indigenous homelands.


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Native American & Indigenous Studies


The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding


  • B.S. University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment
  • M.S. University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Ph.D. Michigan State University Dept of Fisheries and Wildlife

Selected Publications

  • Fox CA, NJ Reo, B Fessell, F Dituri (2022) Native American Tribes and Dam Removal: Restoring the Ottaway, Penobscot and Elwha Rivers. Water Alternatives 15(1): 31-55.

  • Fernández-Llamazares Á, D Lepofsky, CG Armstrong, ES Brondizio, MC Gavin, K Lertzman, PO Lyver, GP Nicholas, P Pascua, NJ Reo, V Reyes-García, NJ Turner, J Yletyinen, EN Anderson, W Balée, J Cariño, DM David-Chavez, CP Dunn, SC Garnett, S Greening (La’goot), S Jackson (Niniwum Selapem), H Kuhnlein,  Z Molnár, G Odonne, G-B Retter, WJ Ripple, L Sáfián, AS Bahraman, M Torrents-Ticó, MB Vaughan (2021) Scientists’ Warning to Humanity on Threats to Indigenous and Local Knowledge systems. Journal of Ethnobiology 41(2):144-169.

  • Reo, N.J., S.M. Topkok, N. Kanayurak, J.N. Stanford, D.A. Peterson, and L.J. Whaley (2019) Environmental Change and Sustainability of Indigenous Languages in Northern Alaska. Arctic 72(3): 215–228. DOI:

  • Schuster, R., R.R. Germain, J.R. Bennett, N.J. Reo, and P. Arcese (2019) Vertebrate biodiversity on indigenous-managed lands in Australia, Brazil, and Canada equals that in protected areas. Environmental Science & Policy 101. pp 1-6.

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Works In Progress

  • Te Ara Moana documentary film (in production 2020-21) about Māori responsibilities and relationalities with coastal environments

  • Ohneganos, an Indigenous water research program led by Professor Dr. Dawn Martin Hill

  • Indigenous Confluence, a network and ongoing Indigenous knowledge exchange between various Indigenous nation partners from Turtle Island and Aotearoa. In this initiative, topics and group composition are fluid and the exhanges center on Indigenous principles such as relational accountability and respect for Indigenous protocols.