Dr. Kathy Dunster is a Canadian landscape architect and biologist. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture (1987) from the University of Guelph, and a PhD in Biogeography & Plant Ecology from the University of Toronto (1992). Since 1992 she has been involved in numerous projects that employ her unique set of skills in landscape architecture, contemporary biogeography and plant ecology, and park planning. Her professional work is two-fold: 1) the conservation of island ecosystems and the protection of island cultural landscapes along with the island cultures and sub-cultures that have co-evolved with their landscapes and 2) improving human health, well-being, and resilience in urban ecosystems, with a focus on natural disaster-preparedness and post-disaster recovery.
As an educator, she currently leads the Bachelor of Horticulture Science Urban Ecosystems program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the only undergraduate degree in North America fully dedicated to the applied and experiential study of urban ecosystems. Her current academic research includes de-colonization | re-indigenization, food security, common lands and community mapping, the street, propagation of traditional indigenous food and medicine plants, and roof ecosystems. She currently coordinates the IFLA – Landscape Architects Without Borders (LAWB) Facebook page and chairs the Continuing Education Committee of the BC Society of Landscape Architects.