Ethnobiological News & Announcements

Posted: 2014/03/03 - 10:42am
 Society of Ethnobiology 

Journal of Ethnobiology Volume 34 Issue 2. Print ISSN 0278-0771. Online ISSN  2162-4496.

Steve Wolverton, Justin M. Nolan, and Waquar Ahmed

Yuka Tomomatsu

Carles Riu-Bosoms, Laura Calvet-Mir, and Victoria Reyes-García

Claire Bowern, Hannah Haynie, Catherine Sheard, Barry Alpher, Patience Epps, Jane Hill,  and Patrick McConvell

Katie Grauel and Kimberlee J. Chambers

Roberto Zariquiey

Ethnobiology Letters Volume 5.  ISSN 2159-8126. DOI:


An Editor’s Opinion on the Ethics of Open Access
Cynthia Twyford Fowler


An Interview with Roy Ellen
Nejm Benessaiah

Research Communications

Indigenous Knowledge of the Edible Weaver Ant Oecophylla smaragdina Fabricius Hymenoptera: Formicidae from the Vientiane Plain, Lao PDR
Joost Van Itterbeeck, Niane Sivongxay, Bounthob Praxaysombath, Arnold van Huis

Outline of an Anthropological Contribution to the Study of Snake Venom Variability: The Case of Echis sp. Envenomation
Tilman Musch

Some Phrygian Plant and Insect Remains from Kerkenes Dağ, Central Anatolia (Turkey)
Alexia Smith and Scott Branting

Book Reviews

Animal Certifié Conforme: Déchiffrer nos Relations avec le Vivant
Daniel W. Gade

We Probably Thought That Would Be True: Perceiving Complex Emotional States in Nonhumans
Raymond Pierotti and Cynthia Annett

Plants and Humans in the Near East and the Caucasus: Ancient and Traditional Uses of Plants as Food and Medicine, a Diachronic Ethnobotanical Review
Naomi F. Miller

Na Primeira Margem do Rio: Território e Ecologia do Povo Xavante de Wedezé
Nicholas C. Kawa

Living in a Dangerous Climate: Climate Change and Human Evolution
Matt Law

Contributions in Ethnobiology

Sprouting Valley: Historical Ethnobotany of the Northern Pomo from Potter Valley, California
James Welch, 2013

Explorations in Ethnobiology: The Legacy of Amadeo Rea
Edited by Marsha Quinlan and Dana Lepofsky, 2012



Posted: 2015/01/25 - 9:17pm

The International Society of Ethnobiology Ethics Program is pleased to be a partner in the Working Better Together Conference on Indigenous Research Ethics, which takes place in Vancouver, Canada next month from Feb 19-20. The conference has a Canadian policy focus so may be of interest to SoE members working in Canada.

This event brings together community-engaged academic and community researchers, educators, practitioners, policy analysts and research administrators to explore working collaboratively in Indigenous research.

It is a unique opportunity to learn from and with many of the top scholars and practitioners in Canada on the philosophy, policy and practice of Indigenous research ethics.

Please note that space is limited.

Conference website:

Conference Program:

Conference Registration:

Conference email:

Conference Chair: Kelly Bannister

Conference Assistant: Olivia Sylvester

Posted: 2014/12/11 - 3:38pm

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.

Posted: 2013/10/16 - 4:12pm

Journal of Ethnobiology has switched to an online submission system. To submit an article, go to  You will be asked to open an account, after which you will be able to upload submissions and track the progress of your manuscript. Reviews also will be conducted using the OJS (Online Journal Systems) portal. If you have questions about the system, please contact the Editors at

Posted: 2013/09/03 - 10:53am

Allison Gracer (Environmental Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2013) was presented with the 2013 Undergraduate Ethnobiologist Award at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Ethnobiology Meetings in Denton, Texas. She was the applicant with the best idea for increasing student involvement and participation in the Society!

Posted: 2013/09/03 - 10:51am

The Society’s Board of Directors recognized Dr. Anderson’s honorable record by presenting him with the DEB Award at the Membership Meeting in Denton, Texas on the afternoon of Friday, May 17th during our annual conference. Following the award presentation, Dr. Anderson delivered a unique and eloquent acceptance speech at the annual business meeting. Eugene N. Anderson is the recipient of the Society of Ethnobiology’s 2013 Distinguished Ethnobiologist Award due to his outstanding contributions to the discipline of Ethnobiology and his contributions to advancing the goals of our beloved organization. Dr. Anderson is Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, at the University of California, Riverside. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1967. He has done research on ethnobiology, cultural ecology, political ecology, and medical anthropology, in several areas, especially Hong Kong, British Columbia, California, and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. His books include The Food of China (Yale University Press 1988), Ecologies of the Heart (Oxford University Press 1996), Political Ecology of a Yucatec Maya Community (University of Arizona Press 2005), and The Pursuit of Ecotopia (Praeger 2010).

Posted: 2013/05/25 - 8:01pm

Explore the Society of Ethnobiology's archives by visiting our online collection:  The University of North Texas Archives and Rare Books department houses our memorabilia. Please donate those SoE-related materials that you have been storing in your file cabinets, book shelves, photo albums, or attics. If you have served on the board of directors and have any materials created or compiled as part of your leadership role, such as reports or minutes, those records are especially needed.  Contact Morgan Davis Gieringer ( to find out where to send your materials.

Posted: 2013/05/25 - 11:31am

The Best Ethnobiology Poster Award was given to Marsha B. Quinlan, Sarah K. Council and Jennifer W. Roulette from Washington State University's anthropology department. Their poster, “Children’s Learning of Ethnobotanical Knowledge in a Rural Caribbean Village,” presented findings from their study in Dominica on the variation in ethnobotanical knowledge held by children and youth.  There were more than thirty posters presented at the annual meetings and the judges for the posters noted the high achievement exhibited in the many submissions. Congratulations to Marsha, Sarah and Jennifer on their poster! 

Posted: 2013/05/25 - 2:10am

Our congratulations to the many student authors who participated in the 2013 Barbara Lawrence Award competition! There was a tie and two papers share the award and prize money. One of the Barbara Lawrence Awards went to Chelsey Gerlada Armstrong, Ian Puppe, Stephen Fratpietro, and Eldon Molto, an interdisciplinary group at University of Western Ontario for their paper “Ancient DNA in Archaeologically Charred Zea mays: Prospects and Limitations for Ethnobiologists.” The second Barbara Lawrence Award was presented to Amy Hoffman, Christy Winstead, and Laura Ellyson, a group of researchers at the University of North Texas for their paper “Local Dietary Trends and Inter-site Connections in the Ancestral Pueblo Goodman Point Community, Southwestern Colorado.”  These papers both serve as examples of the advancement of interdisciplinary and collaborative work that expands our scientific knowledge of past human-environment interactions, with implications for anthropogenic climate change and human diet.

Posted: 2013/03/30 - 10:49pm

Joint Society of Ethnobiology & Society for Economic Botany Conference, May 11–14, 2014 Cherokee, North Carolina

The final program is set! Click here to download a copy of the program [PDF: 1.13 MB]. Printed programs will be available at registration, but if you would like to peruse the program ahead of time, now is your chance (much of this information is also found in online format on this page).

We are excited to announce the first joint conference between the Society of Ethnobiology (SoE) and the Society for Economic Botany (SEB) ( in Cherokee, North Carolina, from May 11-14, 2014. The theme for the upcoming conference will be "The Energy of People, Places, and Life." We anticipate a fully blended conference that builds on the energy sparked by each membership. This is the 37th annual conference of the SoE and the 55th annual conference of the SEB.

Cherokee, the home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (, is adjacent to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in western North Carolina ( We are meeting in the Conference Center at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. Go HERE to find out about the resort, restaurants, spa, and other amenities.

The Council/Board meetings will be held on Sunday, May 11, as will an optional field trip. Arrival and opening evening reception will be held on Sunday, May 11. Papers, posters, and workshops will be held on Monday-Wednesday, May 12–14. The closing Banquet will be Wednesday evening, May 14. Optional one-day field trips will run on Thursday, May 15 and Friday, May 16. We recommend people fly in to Asheville, NC, airport, which is 1.5-hour car trip from Cherokee.

Early registration will be $130 for non-students, and $70 for students. Registration will open the first week in January. After March 15, registration will be $150 for non-students and $90 for students.

We encourage people to take this opportunity to stay and explore this beautiful area, although if you plan to stay on a Friday or Saturday night you will probably want to switch to a different hotel in the area (Harrah’s weekend rates are very high).

Here are some additional links to whet your appetite and facilitate planning for this visit:


January 15   paper, poster, film abstract submission deadline, online

February 15  notification of acceptance or not of paper, poster, film submissions

March 15   early registration deadline (rates go up after this date); OSN Workshops deadline

April 4  final reservation deadline for shuttle from Asheville to Cherokee, and/or shuttle from Cherokee back to Asheville

April 7  deadline for registering for a pre- or post-conference field trip, banquet, student mentor lunch

April 26  room reservations at Harrah’s Resort hotel, made directly with them