Society of Ethnobiology


We are a non-profit organization of scholars, activists and communities promoting and supporting the interdisciplinary study of past and present relationships between peoples and the environment.

Ethnobiology is the scientific study of dynamic relationships among people, biota, and environments. The Society of Ethnobiology gathers and disseminates knowledge of ethnobiology and fosters ongoing appreciation for the richness of ethnobiology worldwide.

Sample the website for a taste of the diversity of ethnobiological research and learn about the rich relationships between people and their biological worlds.


The Cedar City 2021 meeting will be held May 12–15, 2021

SoE Conference Postponed to 2021

March 13, 2020

Dear Society of Ethnobiology colleagues and friends:

We regret that we need to announce the postponement of this summer’s Cedar City meeting to 2021.

With the unfolding nature of the novel coronavirus many travel plans are being interrupted and meetings of large groups are being discouraged (or even prohibited). In thinking of the health and welfare of our members, we have decided to postpone the 2020 conference to the spring of 2021. We are working to identify a good set of dates for spring of 2021 and will make that announcement as soon as we are able to. Here are some things we want you to know now, and as we move forward making new plans, we will communicate additional information.

What’s proceeding as planned:

  • The Board meeting will take place on Zoom at the same time as previously scheduled (9am-12pm MST) Wednesday, May 13, 2020.
  • Fellowships will be honored (if an extension is requested, please contact

What’s changing:

  • Conference Travel Awards will be honored for 2021.
  • Refunds: Our all-star office manager will be issuing registration refunds directly to the credit card used to register. You do not need to take any action to receive the refund (we appreciate your patience as we work on processing them all).
  • Contact the hotels, airlines, and other travel arrangements you have made on your own to get a refund or find out from them what your options are. We are unable to provide compensation for any losses due to travel changes.
  • Annual General Meeting is postponed, but important matters will be brought to the membership for information, feedback, and voting.
  • We will post Conference updates on the website, as information becomes available.

Stay tuned for more information:

  • Our special awards, such as the Distinguished Ethnobiologist and Undergraduate Ethnobiologist Awards.
  • Possible online 2020 workshops or other proxy conference experiences.
  • The 2021 dates are TBD but plan on spring.

Who to Contact:

  • Contact Cheryl if you have a question or issue with your refund.
  • Contact Liz about conference details.
  • Contact Ashley about Awards & Fellowships
  • Contact Sarah with compliments to pass along to the incredible Conference Organizers

We are sorry for this inconvenience and trouble. We are sensitive to the time and resources that have already been committed to the conference in 2020 and we sincerely hope that you’ll be able to join us in 2021 instead.

The Executive Board & Conference Team

Explore Our Publications

New Issue Out Now 2019(4) Click Here

Explore our Special Sections like Fire Ecology, Climate Change, Pastoralism, and more!  Click Here

A gold open access, fully online, peer reviewed journal for publication of short communications. Volume 9 out now. Click here

A peer-reviewed monograph series featuring interdisciplinary ethnobiology research Click here

Engage with us on our Forage! Blog
The Forage! Blog is a space for sharing the stories and knowledge of our society and the ethnobiology community. Our members share lessons from their work, reflect on current events, and use ethnobiology to engage with our changing world. Click here to learn more

Meet Us at Our Annual Conference


The annual Ethnobiology Conference brings together people from an extraordinarily rich variety of backgrounds, disciplines, and geographic locations, all seeking to understand the myriad interactions of human cultures with plants and animals, past and present, worldwide. It attracts academics, students, museum staff, government and non-governmental agency personnel, interested laypeople, and Native/indigenous community members. Learn more

Online & Print Memberships

ONLINE Memberships
starting at:$35


  • Membership term: 1 year from date of purchase

PRINT Memberships
starting at:$90


  • Membership term: 1 year from date of purchase
  • Includes printed copy of Journal of Ethnobiology