Thora Martina Herrmann

Associate Professor,
Université de Montréal

Département de géographie
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D.Phil.: Oxford University, geography (Knowledge, uses and interrelations between Araucaria araucana and the Mapuche Pewenche in the Chilean Andes)

Diplôme d’Études Approfondies en ‘Environnement: Temps, Espaces, Sociétés – gestion de la biodiversité et développement durable’ de l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)


  • The in the impact of socio-environmental change on animal and plant species and the consequences on lifestyles, cultures and traditions of aboriginal people in sub-polar regions.
  • The protection of endangered species by integrating geographical, ecological and sociocultural dimensions (biocultural conservation approach).

  • Prizes and honours

  • 2006-2011: Chairholder of the Canada Research Chair in Ethnoecology and Biodiversity Conservation.

  • QCBS students

    Elisa Cohen-Bucher

    Other (co-)supervisor: Elaine Chanteloup
    (Start: 2018)
    The socio-cultural interrelations and the socio-spatial dynamics between dogs and people in the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach

    Gaëlle Crête

    Other (co-)supervisor: Elke Schuttler (non-membre) Université de Magallanes, Chili
    (Start: 2016)
    Invasive plant species in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve: actual state, forecast and local observations

    Simon Demers

    Other (co-)supervisor: Jorge Gibbons, University of Magellanes
    (Start: 2018)
    Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Liliana Perez
    Spatial distribution and abundance models for chilean dolphin (Cephalorhynchus eutropia) in Patagonia.

    Mathieu Monfette

    Other (co-)supervisor: Jan Franssen, Université de Montréal
    (Start: 2016)
    Inland water quality and community monitoring by means of optical remote sensing data. Application in an Arctic river basin (George River, Nunavik, Canada)

    Previous students (since 2009)

    Elke Schüttler

    Postdoctoral fellow
    (Start: 2010, End: 2014)
    Forecasting conservation needs for endangered fauna: integrating landscape ecology and ethnoecology to predict habitat quality for the kodkod cat (Leopardus guigna) in the Chilean temperate rainfores

    Maria Costanza Torri

    Postdoctoral fellow
    (Start: 2008, End: 2009)
    Beyond benefit-sharing agreements for traditional medicine in biosprospecting: enhancing community capacity and local development in India.

    Veronique Bussières

    (Start: 2008, End: 2018)
    Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Monica Mulrennan
    A Critical Perspective on Bio-cultural Approaches to Conservation in Coastal Indigenous Settings

    Elaine Chanteloup

    (Start: 2009, End: 2013)
    Territoires des hommes - territoires des animaux. Etude des perceptions « homme/ animal » et des enjeux territoriaux et économiques

    Elias Pottek

    (Start: 2010, End: 2017)
    Communal Conflict and the Geopolitics of Land Tenure and Rural Resource Management in North and South Kivu (Democratic Republic of Congo).

    Marie-Jeanne Royer

    (Start: 2008, End: 2012)
    L'interaction entre les traditions et les changements climatiques : les Cris de la Baie-James, la bernache du Canada et le caribou des bois

    Marion Carrier

    (Start: 2015, End: 2017)
    Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Julie Talbot
    Bugs and berries : ecological and social implications of climate change in a Québec subarctic environment

    Simon Cloutier-Cyr

    (Start: 2010, End: 2013)
    L'impact de la pression démogrpahique sur les ressources naturelles sur l'île de la Réunion

    Blanka Füleki

    (Start: 2007, End: 2016)
    Institutions and “Collective Action“ in a transitional country context: Managing water ressources in the Syr Darya River basin, Kyrgyzstan

    Marie-Ève Germain

    Other (co-)supervisor: Maria Luiza Schwarz, Campus de Cajazeiras da Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, Brésil
    (Start: 2008, End: 2012)
    Les représentations sociales et les préoccupations en matière d’environnement chez les jeunes du Sénégal : une étude comparative en milieu urbain chez les enfants scolarisés de Dakar.

    Cécile Hirsoux

    (Start: 2009, End: 2011)
    : Connaissances locales des pratiques de transhumance et les impacts sur les races de bétail endémique dans la zone soudano-guinéen d'Afrique de l'Ouest: Une étude de cas du sud du Mali.

    Nadja Palomo

    (Start: 2009, End: 2011)
    La gestion des plantes médicinales chez les communautés autochtones Nahuas dans La Huasteca Potosina, Mexique.

    Lauren Rochat

    (Start: 2008, End: 2011)
    Entre conservation et développement local : les impacts d'un projet écotouristique participatif dans deux groupes Quechuas au Pérou.

    Lisa Söhn

    Other (co-)supervisor: Klaus Wagner, Technische Universität München,Germany
    (Start: 2010, End: 2012)
    Landowner Attitudes towards a Chicken-killing Neotropical Felid (Leopardus guigna) in the Araucanía Region of Southern Chile

    Examples of species studied

    Araucaria araucana


    56- Public Opinion Toward a Misunderstood Predator: What do People Really Know about Wolverine and Can Educational Programs Promote its Conservation?
    Bonamy M , Harbicht A B , Herrmann T M , Gagnon C ,
    2020 Ecoscience (Date Added: 2020-05-18)

    55- Public perceptions of non-native plant species on a Chilean sub-Antarctic island
    Crête G , Herrmann T M , Fortin C , Schüttler E ,
    2020 Polar Geography (Date Added: 2020-01-26)

    54- Tackling the question of micronutrients intake as one of the main levers in terms of Inuit food security
    Herrmann T M , Lamalice A , Coxam V ,
    2020 Current opinion in clinical nutrition and metabolic care (Date Added: 2020-01-04)

    52- Children’s perception of wolverine in the north Slave Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada
    Bonamy M , Harbicht A B , Herrmann T M ,
    2019 Arctic (Date Added: 2019-10-28)

    51- Learning and insights from a participatory photography project with Cree and Inuit about the land (Nunavik, Canada)
    Chanteloup L , Joliet F , Herrmann T M ,
    2019 Polar Geography (Date Added: 2019-03-27)

    50- Building Food Security in the Canadian Arctic through the Development of Sustainable Community Greenhouses and Gardening
    Lamalice A , Haillot D , Lamontagne M , Herrmann T M , Gibout S , Blangy S , Martin J , Coxam V , Arsenault J , Munro L , Courchesne F ,
    2018 Ecoscience (Date Added: 2018-12-25)

    49- OHMi-Nunavik: A Multi-Thematic and Cross-Cultural Research Program Studying the Cumulative Effects of Climate and Socio-Economic Changes on Inuit Communities
    Blangy S , Bernier M , Bhiry N , Jean-Pierre D , Aenishaenslin C , Bastian S , Chanteloup L , Coxam V , Decaulne A , Gérin-Lajoie J , Gibout S , Haillot D , Hébert-Houle E , Herrmann T M , Joliet F , Lamalice A , Lévesque E , Ravel A , Rousse D ,
    2018 Ecoscience (Date Added: 2018-12-25)

    48- IMALIRIJIIT: A Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Program in the George River Watershed, Nunavik,Canada
    Gérin-Lajoie J , Herrmann T M , MacMillan G A , Hébert-Houle ,
    2018 Ecoscience (Date Added: 2018-12-25)

    47- The Environment of the Nunavimmiut as Seen through their Own Eyes
    Chanteloup L , Joliet F , Herrmann T M ,
    2018 Ecoscience (Date Added: 2018-12-25)

    46-Towards Sámi Self-determination over Their Cultural Heritage: The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Laponia in Northern Sweden
    Heinämäki L, Herrmann TM, Green C,
    2017 Indigenous Cultural Heritage ( Date Added: 2018-05-15)

    45-Experiencing and Protecting Sacred Natural Sites of Sámi and other Indigenous Peoples
    Heinämäki L, Herrmann TM,
    2017 Polar Science ( Date Added: 2018-05-15)

    44- Listening to Inuit and Naskapi peoples in the eastern Canadian Subarctic: a quantitative comparison of local observations with gridded climate data
    Rapinski M , , Payette F , Sonnentag O , Herrmann T M , Royer M S , Cuerrier A , Siegwart Collier L , Hermanutz L , Guanish G , , ,
    2017 Regional Environmental Change (Date Added: 2017-07-28)

    43- Climate and herbivore influence on Vaccinium myrtillus over the last 40 years in northwest Lapland, Finland
    Boulanger-Lapointe N , Järvinen A , Partanen R , Herrmann T M ,
    2017 Ecosphere (Date Added: 2017-03-25)

    42- Supporting food security in the Far North: Community greenhouse projects in Nunavik and Nunavut
    Lamalice, A, Avard, E, Coxam, V, Herrmann, T, Desbiens, C, Wittrant, Y, Blangy, S
    2016 Études/Inuit/Studies (Date Added: 2018-05-15)

    41- Protecting the ‘Caribou Heaven’: A Sacred Site of the Naskapi and Protected Area Establishment in Nunavik, Canada
    Mameamskum J, Herrmann TM, Füleki B,
    2016 Indigenous Peoples Governance of Land and Protected Territories in the Circumpolar Arctic (Date Added: 2018-05-15)

    40- Protecting sacred sites, maintaining cultural heritage, and sharing power: Co-management of the SGang Gwaay UNESCO world heritage site in Canada
    Elenius, L, Allard C , Sandström, P
    2016 Indigenous Rights in Modern Landscapes: Nordic Conservation Regimes in Global Context (Date Added: 2017-11-30)

    39- Supporting food security in the Far North: Community greenhouse projects in Nunavik and Nunavut
    Lamalice, A, Avard, E, Coxam, V, Herrmann, T, Desbiens, C, Wittrant, Y, Blangy, S
    2016 Etudes Inuit Studies (Date Added: 2017-08-28)

    38- Land tenure and conflict propagation: Critical geopolitics from the rural grassroots in North Kivu (Democratic Republic of Congo)
    Pottek E , Kasisi R , Herrmann T ,
    2016 Cahiers de Geographie du Quebec (Date Added: 2017-03-25)

    37- The role of digital data entry in participatory environmental monitoring
    Brammer, JR, Brunet, ND, Burton, AC, Cuerrier, A, Danielsen, F, Dewan, K, Herrmann, TM, Jackson, M, Kennett, R, Larocque, G, Mulrennan, M, Pratihast, AK, Saint-Arnaud, M, Scott, C, Humphries, MM
    2016 Conservation Biology (Date Added: 2016-07-05)

    36-Indigenous Peoples Governance of Land and Protected Areas in the Arctic
    Herrmann TM, MT
    2016 Springer ( Date Added: 2016-06-23)

    35-The Protection of Culturally and Spiritually Important Landscapes of Arctic Indigenous Peoples under the Convention of Biological Diversity and First Experiences from the Application of the Akwé:Kon Guidelines in Finland
    Heinämäki, L, Herrmann, TM, Neumann, A
    2015 The Yearbook of Polar Law ( Date Added: 2016-06-23)

    34- Effects of mining on reindeer/caribou populations and indigenous livelihoods: community-based monitoring by Sami reindeer herders in Sweden and First Nations in Canada
    Herrmann, TM, Sandström, P, Granqvist, K, D’Astous, N, Vannar, J, Asselin, H, Saganash, N, Mameamskum, J, Guanish, G, Loon, J-B, Cuciurean, R
    2014 The Polar Journal (Date Added: 2016-07-06)

    33-Kozkoz - la güiña, nuestra vecina: Dibujos y cuentos sobre un gato nativo de nuestros bosques./ ti kozkoz inchiñ ñi karrukatu.Wirriñ zewman ka epeu fey narrky fau wefpan mawizantu meu
    Schüttler E, HT
    2014 Fauna Australis & Druckerei Pöge, ( Date Added: 2016-06-23)

    32-"Nvtramkaiñ kom taiñ ixofil mogen” Reflection, Learning, and knowledge sharing through indingeous community filmmaking
    A Orbach, Herrmann, T
    2014 International Development Research Centre ( Date Added: 2016-06-23)

    31- Values, animal symbolism, and human-animal relationships associated to two threatened felids in Mapuche and Chilean local narratives
    Herrmann, TM, Schuttler, E, Benavides, P, Galvez, N, Sohn, L, Palomo, N
    2013 Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine (Date Added: 2016-07-06)

    30-The Recognition of Sacred Natural Sites of Arctic Indigenous Peoples as a Part of Their Right to Cultural Integrity
    Heinämäki L, HT
    2013 Arctic Review on Law and Politics ( Date Added: 2016-06-23)

    28- Linking Cree hunters’ and scientific observations of changing inland ice and meteorological conditions in the subarctic eastern James Bay region, Canada
    Royer, M-JS, Herrmann, TM, Sonnentag, O, Fortier, D, Delusca, K, Cuciurean, R
    2013 Climatic Change (Date Added: 2013-08-01)

    27-Climate Change and Caribou Project. Report of the community Workshop on climate change and caribou
    Herrmann, T
    2012 Report of the community Workshop on climate change and caribou ( Date Added: 2016-06-29)

    26- L’Agenda 21 régional de la lagune de Szczecin (Allemagne-Pologne) : une réponse à la dévitalisation d’une région européenne périphérique
    Dehne, P, Hiller, P, Barthel, F, Belfanz, A, Herrmann, T
    2012 Territoires durables en devenir (Date Added: 2013-01-25)

    25-Recognition and Support of Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCA) in Canada
    Herrmann, T, Ferguson, M, Raygorodetsky, D, Mulrennan, M
    2012 Recognising and Supporting Territories and Areas Conserved By Indigenous Peoples And Local Communities: Global Overview and National Case Studies. Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. ( Date Added: 2013-01-25)

    23- Community based enterprises, local health care promotion and women empowerment: An innovative case study from southern India
    Torri, M-C, Herrmann, TM, Schwarz, ML
    2011 Medicinal plants and sustainable development (Date Added: 2012-09-17)

    21- Socioenvironmental changes in two traditional food species of the Cree first nation of subarctic James Bay
    Royer, M-JS, Herrmann, TM
    2011 Cahiers de Geographie du Quebec (Date Added: 2012-07-16)

    19- Traditional knowledge, use practices and conservation of medicinal plants for HIV/AIDS care in rural Tanzania
    Kisangau, DP, Herrmann, TM, Lyaruu, HVM, Hosea, KM, Joseph, CC, Mbwambo, ZH, Masimba, PJ
    2011 Ethnobotany Research and Applications (Date Added: 2011-07-28)

    16- Biocultural diversity and development under local and global change.
    Herrmann, TM, Martin, GJ, Laxmi, P, Borrini-Feyerabend, G, Hay-Edie, T, Oldham, P, Dutfield, G
    2010 Interdependence of biodiversity and development under global change. (Date Added: 2011-08-12)

    15- Interdependence of biodiversity and development under global change: An Introduction
    Herrmann, TM, Martin, GJ, Laxmi, P, Borrini-Feyerabend, G, Hay-Edie, T, Oldham, P, Dutfield, G
    2010 Interdependence of biodiversity and development under global change. (Date Added: 2011-08-12)

    13- La Taxonomie Canadienne: Explorer la Biodiversité, Créer des Possibilités
    Conseil des académies canadiennes, CdslsdlbS, Conseil des académies canadiennes Comité d'experts sur les sciences de la biodiversité, Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on Biodiversity Science,
    2010 (Date Added: 2011-07-28)

    12- Roost sites and communal behavior of andean condors in Chile
    Herrmann, TM, Costina, MI, Costina, AMA
    2010 Geographical Review (Date Added: 2011-05-17)

    11- The mutual dependency of cultural diversity and biological diversity: a key towards ensuring sustainability in social and ecological systems
    Herrmann, TM, Torri, M-c
    2009 Handbook of nature conservation : global, environmental and economic issues (Date Added: 2012-09-17)

    10-Global report
    McIntyre, B, International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, S
    2009 ( Date Added: 2011-07-29)

    9-Synthesis report : a synthesis of the global and sub-global IAASTD reports
    McIntyre, B, International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, S
    2009 ( Date Added: 2011-07-29)

    8- Changing forest conservation and management paradigms: Traditional ecological knowledge systems and sustainable forestry: Perspectives from Chile and India
    Herrmann, TM, Torri, M-C
    2009 International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology (Date Added: 2011-05-17)

    7-Environmental Sanitation and Health Risks in Tropical Urban Settings: Case Study of Household Refuse and Diarrhea in Yaoundé-Cameroon
    Nguendo Yongsi, H, Herrmann, M, Lutumba Ntetu, A, Sietchiping, R, Bryant, C
    2008 Int. J. Soci. Sci ( Date Added: 2011-09-20)

    6-Magellanic Penguin (Spheniscidae) Monitoring Results for Magdalena Island (Chile) 2000 – 2008
    Bingham, BM, Herrmann, TM
    2008 Annales del Instituto de la Patagonia ( Date Added: 2011-08-12)

    5-The sustainability of rural systems in developing countries
    Makhanya, E, Bryant, CR, Herrmann, TM
    2008 ( Date Added: 2011-07-29)

    4- Utilization and conservation of medicinal plants used for primary health care in Makueni district, Kenya
    Kisangau, DP, Herrmann, TM
    2007 International Journal of Biodiversity Science and Management (Date Added: 2011-07-28)

    1- Social and economic aspects of disaster reduction, vulnerability and risk management in small island developing states
    Herrmann, TM, Ronneberg, E, Brewster, M, Dengo, M
    2004 Small Island Habitats (Date Added: 2011-07-29)