Forage! Blog

Forage! is the Society of Ethnobiology’s newest venue for gathering ideas and knowledge, fostering the ethnobiological community and movements. We encourage members to submit content from all expressive dimensions including intellectual, creative, and activist ones (e.g., art, stories, literature, poetry, pictures). Board members from the Society moderate the blog. We invite all SOE members to submit blog posts here: We welcome comments from members and the general public.


Plants, Food, and Old World Heritage

By Kali Wade, SoE social media coorindator . Photos by Christopher Capobianco.

ICE and invasion biology: Introducing a special issue on ethics in Ethnobiology Letters

Sophie Duncan's piece on the politics of invasive species talk in the new issue of Ethnobiology Letters

Sopie Duncan's writing and artwork are featured in a new special ethics issue of Ethnobiology Letters. Read the special issue here!

I am currently in Montana on a 50-day road trip surveying invasive plants for my graduate study. I spend all day separating invasive from native, reducing countless chloroplasts to numbers, attempting to amass enough data to answer a question I have about how plants live their lives.

Fishing for Ancient Plant Knowledge in Coastal Peru

By contributing author Maia Dedrick, photos courtesy of Rossana Paredes

Each year, the Society of Ethnobiology honors a young ethnobiologist for the quality of their research and for their excellence in communicating their knowledge at our yearly meeting. Meet the 2018 Barbara Lawrence Award winner, Rossana Paredes!

Many meetings in Madison

By Natalie Mueller, Forage! co-editor

Our recent joint meetings with the Society for Economic Botany were a great success!  Please add your favorite moments in the comments below, we would love to hear from you.

Participants loved the beautiful location at the University of Wisconsin's Memorial Union, where we all found plenty of time to relax with colleagues over brats and beers. 

Growing Rice at a Cost in Vietnam's Mekong River Delta

After waking up from a nap during the hottest part of the day in Vietnam’s Mekong River Delta, I join Mr. Văn and Mrs. Thủy, a husband and wife rice farming couple, as they cut and prepare lemongrass stalks for sale in the local market.

Ethnobotanist Faced with Yard Nazis, Does Ethnography

Sometimes, you can fight city hall.  Ethnobiologist Myrdene Anderson discusses lawsuits, public action, and withcraft in her long fight to keep her lawn wild in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Digging for traces of eastern Africa’s first farmers

Kakapel Rockshelter, Western Kenya

If you have ever taken even a passing interest in the origins of agriculture, you have probably heard of the Farming/Language Dispersal Hypothesis. This is the theory that the world’s most widely-spoken language families are associated with the rapid expansion of farming societies into lands previously occupied by hunter-gatherers.

Weaving global history and ethnobiology

Much of our daily work as ethnobiologists asks how social and environmental relationships are built, sustained, and broken. I’m much better trained in social science than in botany, but as an ethnobiologist researching the connections between the clothing we wear and sustainable farming in the field, I also pay close attention to the ecological needs of the plants and animals living alongside farmers.

A Massive Muster of Ethnobiologists to be Held in Madison: Why You Should Be There

Whether you’re a longtime Society of Ethnobiology (SoE) member or have recently discovered our community, we would like to invite you to attend our annual meeting this summer in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin, June 3-7! When this many ethnobiologists muster, there is sure to be plenty of food eating, medicine making, seed swapping, storytelling, and music making (really, bring your instruments or at least your game face). You don’t want to miss it.

Here are 7 great reasons to join us this year: