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.


Three Questions with Erica Oberndorfer

Dr.  Oberndorfer collecting rhubarb for Aunt Annie Evans at Turnaviks (photo by Todd Broomfield)

Dr. Oberndorfer collecting rhubarb for Aunt Annie Evans at Turnaviks (photo by Todd Broomfield)


Forage! is Seeking New Submissions

Summer is already halfway over, and soon our members will be heading back from fieldsites, digs, gardens, archives, protests, sit-ins, workshops, and labs to share the wide range of experiences that we gain as ethnobiologists.  If you’d like to share an experience from your work, ranging from photography to short essays to poems, please write to us at  We’d like to thank Chelsey Armstrong for establishing this blog as a way for our members

Fellowship Profile Series 3: Alex McAlvay, 2016 Ecological Knowledge Fellow

“…When all is already withered
My little babies:
"Bread! Bread!" They cry to me
Just you [weedy field mustard], with your dew drops
clean the little faces of my babes
With your little green leaves,
Kindly you give us food

Fellowship Profile Series 2: Jessica Orozco, 2016 Indigenous Ethnobiologist Fellow

Words: Jessica Orozco

Since receiving the Society of Ethnobiology’s Indigenous Ethnobiologist Fellowship I have conducted a preliminary survey of Desert Chia’s (Saliva columbariae) genetic variation that will be used to guide further research into the evolution and biology of this ubiquitous species. Salvia columbariae is an herbaceous annual in the Mint family (Lamiaceae) that grows in a wide range of environments throughout California and the southwestern United States, including Sonora, Mexico.

Fellowship Profile Series 1: Diana Chen, 2016 Urban Ethnobiology Research Fellow

Words: Diana Chen

“That's what Marshallese food reminds you of:  It reminds you of the sound of the waves, it reminds you of the smell of the ocean coming through the breeze, it reminds you of your childhood.

Trumped: What's an educator to do about it?

Words: Steve Wolverton

Our teaching takes place in society’s trenches, and we face a difficult period of demographic and cultural transition in the United States. Ethnobiology provides a nexus to many fields and sub-fields; never has it been more relevant. As ethnobiologists, we teach a high diversity of courses in biology, geography, anthropology, and other disciplines; our reach is far, and the need for our perspective, passion, and curiosity is greater than ever and growing.  The Society of Ethnobiology is a tap root for our enthusiasm.

Experiencing the Yaqui Cultural Center during the Ethnobiology Conference 2016

Words: Andrew Gillreath-Brown

The 2016 Ethnobiology Conference was just winding down with the banquet, held at the Carriage House in downtown Tucson, Arizona. Janos Wilder, our chef for the evening, cooked some really amazing food. The meal highlighted some native foods; Chef Janos gets many of the ingredients from local gardeners and farmers, some of whom get their supplies from the Native Seeds/SEARCH.

Congrats to the 2016 Conference Award Winners

Our Society awards help us celebrate the breadth of research ethnobiologists do and the variety of professionals who engage in ethnobiological work. Cheers to our 2016 recipients!

2016 Best Poster Award Winner Chad L. Yost

“Phytolith analysis of sediments from Early Agriculture fields at Las Capas”