Background/Question/Methods: This presentation will include the perspective of once being a graduate student involved in the formation of the TEK section back in 2000-2001, holding various levels of section leadership or as an organizer of section sponsored events over the years, to now being a professional ecologist. How does one conduct transdisciplinary multiple methods work that directly incorporates and applies TEK through collaborative partnerships with indigenous and tribal peoples. Discussion points will address ESA membership interests in Traditional Ecological Knowledge, the evolution of the role of TEK in the fields of Ecology, to now conducting how Indigenous and Western scientific knowledge is being directly applied to ecological research and management. Results/Conclusions: A brief timeline of important points, key lessons learned in the TEK section history, current efforts, and a vision for working inclusively in the field of ecology with indigenous and tribal peoples will conclude the presentation. The intent of this presentation is to relate the significant advancements for understanding and with the applications of TEK in ecological disciplines focusing on forestry, wildland fire, climate change, as well with transdisciplinary studies.