Dr. Josie Vayro is a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Dr. Courtney Mason and the Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Communities Lab. She is primarily working on the Canadian Mountain Network project which centers on community-based research with rural Indigenous peoples in Canada and New Zealand. This fieldwork is in partnership with the Dene and Metis community of Fort Providence (NT). Josie draws on her multi-disciplinary background and experience working with communities who are managing the complexity of local park and protected area development. She is committed to systemic change in Canada (and beyond) through decolonization, reconciliation, and Indigenization. Josie’s interest in the interactions between communities, sustainability, and natural areas arise out of her work in Primatology. She completed her PhD at the University of Calgary in Biological Anthropology, with a focus on female primate life-history characteristics, endocrinology, and male-female interactions at the Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary in Ghana. Her master’s degree, from Mahidol University in Bangkok, looked at sociality and bonding in wild white-handed gibbons in Khai Yai National Park. Josie received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University. She is the proud mother of a ten year-old daughter.