Shandin Pete

Assistant Professor of Teaching

ESB 4045

I am a hydrogeologist and science educator with interest in Indigenous research methodologies, geoscientific ethnography, Indigenous astronomy, culturally congruent instructional strategies, and indigenous science philosophies. Most of my work in recent years has focused on community engagement to understanding shifts in an Indigenous paradigm of research for science knowledge production. This work has included extensive collaboration with tribal knowledge holders across Native communities and Indigenous academic scholars at institutions nationally and internationally.

In addition, I am engaged in the following ongoing research projects:

  • Tribal Science: Advancing local science philosophical understandings
  • A Review of Salish Astronomical Knowledge
  • Heart of the Monster: Salish Ethnohydrolgical Observation and River Behavior
  • Co-development of a survey instrument to elicit Native American preferences for preventing dreissenid mussel invasion of Flathead Lake, Montana

Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Montana, 2018
M.S. Geology, University of Montana, 2006
B.S. Environmental Science, Salish Kootenai College, 2000

2021 - Present; Assistant Professor of Teaching; Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science; University of British Columbia
2020 - Present; Affiliated Faculty; Organismal Biology, Ecology and Evolution Program; University of Montana Flathead Lake Biological Station
2019 - 2020; Director; Indigenous Research Center; Salish Kootenai College
2010 - 2020; Lecturer; Hydrology Department; Salish Kootenai College
2008 - 2010; Adjunct Instructor; Environmental Science Department; Salish Kootenai College
2010 - 2011; Lead Instructor; Big Sky Science Partnership Summer Institute; Salish Kootenai College & University of Montana

2010: Co-Founded the Salish Kootenai College Hydrology Associates and Bachelor’s degree program
2013: Co-Founder of the Faculty Research Group at Salish Kootenai College
2019: Established the Indigenous Research Center at Salish Kootenai College
2018-2020: Served on Salish Kootenai College Faculty Association

Pete, S.H. 2020. “Seliš ontological perspectives of environmental sustainability from oral traditions.” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 43, p.71-76
Pete, S.H. 2020. “SKC Research Center uses Indigenous methodologies in STEM”. Tribal College Journal, 31(3), p.13
Pete, S.H. & Old Bull, S.A. 2019. “Tribal College American Indian Faculty Perspectives On Sub-Oppression, Racial Microaggression” In N.D. Hartlep & D. Ball (Eds.), Racial Battle Fatigue in Faculty: Perspectives and Lessons from Higher Education, 1st Edition (Chapter 11). London, United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis Group - Routledge
Pete, S.H. 2018. Mediating Cultural Border Crossings Between American Indian Tribal College Students and Natural Resources Science Learning using Culturally Congruent Education” Dissertation, University of Montana, Missoula.
Pete, S.H. 2014. Salish Language and Scientific Reasoning. In F. David Peat (ed.) The Pari Dialogues, Volume II – Essays in Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science, Pari Publishing, Grosseto, Italy
Pete, S.H. 2006. Characterization of pre and post re-naturalized surface water/groundwater exchange, Jocko River, Flathead Indian Reservation, Montana. Masters Thesis, University of Montana, Missoula.