Winter 2023

Ethnobiology Newsletter

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Society of Ethnobiology Member Newsletter

Letter from the President

Greetings, and Happy New Year to everyone!

As we begin the new calendar year, I am excited about a number of initiatives and opportunities for the Society of Ethnobiology.

First, we have the joint annual conference with the Society for Economic Botany which will be held in-person in Atlanta, Georgia, and also online. We really encourage every member of the Society to try and participate, either in-person or online, by organizing a session, submitting a paper/poster, or just dropping in for some of the sessions and meetings. Abstract submission is now open!

Second, we have elections for some important Board positions coming up this year! We really welcome self-nominations or nominations of peers for any of the open positions. This year, we are looking to elect the following positions: Vice-President (which is also the President-elect), Publications Liaison, and Web & Social Media Liaison. We are always looking to broaden our ranks by including more individuals. If you are unsure about a role, please email me or Daniela Shebitz and we would be happy to chat with you about a role or the Society and how you can be more involved and represented.

On that note, I want to share my third major update which is that I will be conducting user experience research on our website which will seek to identify some of the pain points for existing and prospective Society members. This research will be used to directly inform a refresh of our website and online presence, in collaboration with Cheryl and the Board.

Finally, there will be other exciting news coming to you soon about the 2024 conference and other activities our members have been engaged in related to advancing diversity and inclusion in ethnobiology.

To re-cap, please keep your eye out for these announcements and deadlines:

  • Registration for the 2023 joint conference with SEB in Atlanta
  • Nominations for Board positions due February 15, 2023 to
  • Recruitment of research participants for the website user experience study
  • Future conference hosts are always needed, contact if you are interested in hosting down the line!


Journal of Ethnobiology News: Latest Issues out now!

Journal of Ethnobiology Volume 42, Number 3

Volume 42, Number 3

Journal of Ethnobiology Volume 42, Number 4

Volume 42, Number 4

Read more today!

Joint Meeting Society of Ethnobiology and Society for Economic Botany
June 4–9, 2023 | Atlanta, Georgia, USA

The 2023 Joint Conference between the Society of Ethnobiology and the Society for Economic Botany offers researchers, practitioners, and students from diverse disciplines and organizations the opportunity to discuss their work and consider how it can contribute to a better future. The annual meeting provides a fertile venue in which to trade ideas, methods, and practical solutions, as well as an opportunity to enter the life worlds of other professionals. The meeting this year is a hybrid conference (in-person and virtual options). SoE members are encourage to attend and submit papers.

Join us for workshops, Key Note talks, and field trips (to be announced soon!), and more! View the complete program here today.

Important Deadlines:

Ethnobiology Letters – “Phaseolus vulgaris Seeds from the Late
Sixteenth–Early Seventeenth Century AD Ancestral Oneida Diable Site,
New York” By: John P. Hart, out now!

Read it today!

The Society of Ethnobiology publishes Ethnobiology Letters, a gold open access, fully online, peer reviewed journal for publication of short communications concerning ethnobiology, the study of the relationships between humans and environments in diverse spatial and temporal contexts.

Society of Ethnobiology Board Elections Call for Nominations

Join the team! The following positions are open for the upcoming elections:

  • Vice-President
  • Publications Liaison
  • Web and Social Media Liaison

Learn more about each position, here! Read the current board member profiles here.

Please send nominations to Liz, at by February 15, 2023.

Society of Ethnobiology Mentorship Program

Every one of us can name at least one amazing senior colleague whose encouragement and guidance helped us get where we are right now—studying and researching in the world of ethnobiology. And our need for such colleagues never ends … everyone needs mentors, no matter what stage we are in our careers.

Perhaps you don’t realize that everyone also needs a mentee! Mentoring someone revives your interest in the field, generates new enthusiasm, and often teaches us old dogs a new thing or two. No matter how early in your career, it’s never too early to start sharing your knowledge and networks!

Become a mentor – Find a mentor

Do you have anything you would like the community of Ethnobiologists to know? Would you like to share job postings, events, news articles, etc.? Please email with any comments, concerns, or additions.

Society of Ethnobiology
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