Ethnobiological News & Announcements

Assistant or Associate Professor in Sustainability and Diverse Indigenous Food Systems
Posted: 2015/01/25 - 7:33pm

The Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant or early associate professor level, commencing autumn semester 2015. We are seeking an anthropologist whose research and teaching focuses on the sustainability of indigenous/traditional food systems and who has experience leading/working in interdisciplinary research teams that employ a mixed methods (qualitative/quantitative) approach. The faculty member will initiate new transformative research projects with colleagues across campus and thus strengthen the university’s research on resilient and sustainable food security. Areas of research focus may include (but are not limited to): agroecology, the drivers/impacts of loss and/or maintenance of crop or wild plant/animal biodiversity, the impact of global market penetration on the sustainability of indigenous food systems and/or the effects of national/international policies on the subsistence strategies of indigenous/traditional populations. The faculty member may also consider the broad impacts of transitions from subsistence to market-oriented production on community livelihood strategies and well-being. The ideal candidate has an active, field-based research program working with populations who continue to rely upon traditional subsistence activities within and/or outside of the United States. The candidate’s interests will be in areas that are compatible with the Ohio State anthropology program’s empirical orientation and emphases on ecology, evolution, adaptation, diet, and health in past and living populations.

This position is a part of the first wave of hires for Ohio State's Discovery Themes Initiative (, a tremendous investment that leverages the university’s expansive scholarly resources, creativity and shared commitment to make a global impact. The successful candidate will join a highly collaborative transdisciplinary team of over 50 existing faculty and many external partners working toward Resilient, Sustainable and Global Food Security for Health.


Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in anthropology at the time of application. Evidence of productivity and excellence in research and teaching required. The candidate will have the ability to teach introductory sociocultural anthropology, sociocultural theory and ethnographic courses in their area of specialization.

About Columbus:

The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the center of a rapidly growing and diverse metropolitan area with a population of over 1.5 million. The area offers a wide range of affordable housing, many cultural and recreational opportunities, excellent schools, and a strong economy based on government as well as service, transportation and technology industries (see Columbus has consistently been rated as one of the Top U.S. cities for quality of life, and was selected as one of the Top 10 cities for African Americans to live, work, and play by Black Enterprise magazine. Additional information about the Columbus area is available at

Application Instructions:

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2015. Complete applications include a signed cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three references. Please apply online through Academic Jobs Online at: Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Barbara Piperata at

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. Ohio State is an NSF Advance Institution.

Survey: 50 Key Questions for Historical Ecology
Posted: 2015/01/19 - 1:15pm

Announcing the launch of a survey asking you what are priority issues/key questions for Historical Ecology? 

The goal is to crowd-source questions from individuals at any stage in their academic career to gain a broad and inclusive working list of questions that will be workshopped and edited down to "50 Key Questions for Historical Ecology" by graduate students at the 2nd International Historical Ecology Meeting in the Fall of 2015 at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. We welcome you to join the discussion and submit your questions:

Some example questions:

  • How is biodiversity a reflection of past and ongoing human activity?
  • What are the best indicators to differentiate between cultural and natural fires?
  • What non-domesticated plant species are markers of human acitivity?
  • Can we use species range extensions to infer human transplanting of plant species?
  • How do help accomodate both traditional and modernized farming practices?
  • How do we identify all of the parties interested in landscapes where biodiversity is a contested issue?
  • What are the limitations of adaptation within a system?
  • How do we translate research into policy?
  • How do we communicate, conceptualize and integrate the temporal frames the different disciplines or research projects are concerned with?
  • How do we stress that the entirey of the past is not equally accessible, while still creating educational narratives?
  • Does historical ecology have to deal exclusively with the longue durée?
  • How do we use technology to visualize and communicate time?
  • How do we address the trepidation that some individuals, coming from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, express towards models?
  • How do we address the tendency of models to conflate?
  • How do we address false perceptions of what a model is?
  • How can historical ecology be made relevant for education?

The survey is one of the outcomes of the 1st International Workshop on Historical Ecology: The Next Generation hosted in November 2014 in Uppsala, Sweden, sponsored by the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University, and the Mind and Nature and Integrated History and future of People on Earth research network (IHOPE).

We are very pleased to announce the 2nd conference/workshop in the Fall of 2015, hosted by Simon Fraser University - Please stay tuned for dates and the call for abstracts.
Participation is open to everyone so please help spread the word and forward this to message to colleagues and other interested scholars!

Please contact Chelsey Geralda Armstrong or Anna Shoemaker for any questions.

Elections Results
Posted: 2015/01/19 - 8:55am

Members of the Society of Ethnobiology have elected ethnobiologists to three positions on the Board of Trustees.  The new President Elect will be Cynthia Fowler.  Karen Park will become the Secretary.  Daniela Shebitz will become the Member at Large for Promotion, Outreach, and Funding.  These new board members will take office at the Santa Barbara meeting in May 2015.

The Nominations Committee sincerely appreciates all of the candidates for their willingness to stand for election, and we look forward to their continued participation in our Society. 

Print Membership Changes
Posted: 2014/12/13 - 3:44pm

As of January 1, 2015, print membership will be on a rolling basis, just like our online memberships are. This means that your membership will be for one year, beginning with the date that you joined. Any questions, please contact Treasurer Denise Glover at


Martin Aucion receives the 2014 Undergraduate Ethnobiologist Award
Posted: 2014/12/12 - 8:12pm

Martin Aucion is the recipient of the Society of Ethnobiology’s 2014 Undergraduate Ethnobiologist Award. Aucion is double majoring in Geography and Anthropology, with a minor in Biology, at the University of North Texas. His undergraduate thesis addresses how local food systems create community at farmers’ markets and connect producers and consumers to a sense of place in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Auction’s ideas for stimulating undergraduate participation in the Society of Ethnobiology include holding student oriented seminars at the annual meetings and promoting student submissions to the society’s publications, the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnobiology Letters.

Congrats Martin!