The Many Faces of Ethnobiology

38th Annual Conference of the Society of Ethnobiology

May 6-9, 2015

University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 


The annual conference of the Society of Ethnobiology is an opportunity to disseminate research, learn about field methodologies, and connect with fellow scholars. This year our conference theme is focused on “the many faces of ethnobiology” as we encourage a wide range of scholars who work with the relationships between culture, biology, and environments. Ethnobiology is a diverse field that is inclusive of anthropology, archaeology, botany, ecology, linguistics, natural history, nutrition, pharmacology, zoology, to name just a few. Across the range of disciplines, the Society of Ethnobiology embraces non-Western, native, and indigenous scholars as vibrant members of our research community. The 38th Annual Conference will showcase the many faces of ethnobiology through our sessions and special events.

This year, our conference will be hosted in Santa Barbara, California, a coastal region with a rich archeological and cultural history. Some highlights to look forward to for the 38th Annual Conference include:

●       Plenary session titled “Ethnobiology of South-Central California: Past, Present, and Future” including reports on early archeological sites on the local Channel Islands

●       Guest presenters on the Santa Ynez Chumash language revitalization program

●       Contributed papers in all areas of Ethnobiology

●       Inauguration of 3 new Society Fellowships

○        Ecological Knowledge Research Fellowship

○        Indigenous Ethnobiologist Fellowship

○        Urban Ethnobiology Fellowship

●       Distinguished Society Awards

●       Two days of concurrent sessions, and:

○        Field trips

○        Poster session

○        Society of Ethnobiology General Meeting

○        Banquet at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

We invite papers and organized sessions on all ethnobiological topics. Abstracts must be submitted for all individual papers, posters, or organized sessions and are due no later than February 15, 2015. We request that you notify us before January 15, 2015 if you intend to organize a session.

This year’s conference logo depicts a Chumash rock art figure as redrawn by Campbell Grant in the 1970s and is used for our Society of Ethnobiology Conference with the permission of Chumash Advisors.