The Society of Ethnobiology is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the relationships of plants and animals with human cultures worldwide, including past and present relationships between peoples and the environment. Our interests encompass ethnobotany, ethnozoology, linguistics, paleoethnobotany, zooarchaeology, ethnoecology, and other related areas in anthropology and biology. We are committed to scholarly research and to inclusive relationships with communities with whom we work and with colleagues around the world.

The Society hosts an annual conference with sessions, field trips, workshops, and a banquet. We produce three peer review publications: the quarterly Journal of Ethnobiology, the monograph series Contributions in Ethnobiology, and the open access journal Ethnobiology Letters. We award excellence in ethnobiology through our Distinguished Ethnobiologist AwardBest Poster Award, and Mentor Award.  We recognize student excellence through the Barbara Lawrence Award and the Undergraduate Ethnobiologist Award.  Our trio of Graduate Ethnobiology Research Fellowships supports graduate students. 

The Society of Ethnobiology is devoted to creating a welcoming community where everyone can thrive in their academic and professional pursuits.  Our members work in the field of ethnobiology as employees of academic institutions, nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations, conservation and land management organizations, botanical gardens and arboretums, museums and libraries, and beyond.  We welcome people from minority and majority communities as well as people who represent one or more dimension of diversity such as ethnicity, gender, religion, institution affiliation, academic rank, geography, and in additional ways.  We encourage our members to optimize equity and to mainta high ethical standards.