Dr. Spiegelaar is an Assistant Professor at Trinity College and the School of the Environment. She works with complex adaptive systems theory and interdisciplinary knowledge integration to address sustainability challenges. Her past research involved subarctic agroecology, food sovereignty and food security in Indigenous communities and her more recent work explores mental wellness implications of traditional harvests and food system transition among these communities. Nicole is the Associate Director of the Trinity Sustainability Initiative which connects the classroom, student research, internships, and campus sustainability through experiential learning; her work in the group focuses on socio-ecological relations in the process of decolonizing and naturalizing our food systems