Calm Sea

ABOUT BROOK THOMPSON

I am a Yurok and Karuk Native American from Northern California. Growing up, I went between the Yurok Reservation and school in Portland, OR. I am a Ph.D. student at the University of California Santa Cruz and work as a Restoration Engineer for the Yurok Tribe.  In 2022 I graduated with an M.S. at Stanford University in Environmental Engineering with a focus on Water Resources and Hydrology. In 2020 I received my B.S. from Portland State University's Honors College with a degree in Civil Engineering and a minor in Political Science.

I aim to bring together water rights and Native American knowledge through engineering, public policy, and social action.

I am a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholar, 2020 UNITY's 25 Under 25 Recipient, Dennis Washington Scholar, American Indian Graduate Center's 2017 Undergraduate Student of the Year, Beat the Odds scholarship, a Jim Thorpe Spirit Award recipient, and an American Indian Society of Science and Engineering (AISES) Sequoyah Fellow, among other honors.

I have been an intern for the City of Portland Buerue of Environmental Services, The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Minority Staff, West Yost Associates Engineering, the California Water Resource Control Board Office of Information Management and Analysis, and Save California Salmon.

I spent half a year at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 2015, taking classes in the Maori World View, sociology, and advertising. While I was there, I also looked into green roof development. I took a University of North Carolina Wilmington class in business and entrepreneurship through the Horatio Alger scholarship in 2017. In 2018 I spent half a year in Washington D.C., attending George Washington University and studying political science through the Native American Political Leadership Program. In 2018 I attended Semester at Sea through Colorado State University, where I took ecology and political science classes on a converted cruise ship while I visited Germany, Spain, Ghana, South Africa, Mauritius, India, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam, China, and Japan. 

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