Board Nominations Due by November 20, 2015

The November 20th deadline is quickly approaching for you to submit nominations for two individuals to join the Board of Trustees.

Best Poster Award Winner for 2015

The Best Ethnobiology Poster Award was given to Heather Thakar from Temple University. Her poster title was "Food & Fertility in Prehistoric California: A Case-study of Risk-Reducing Foraging Behavior and Population Growth from Santa Cruz Island, California." Heather's research in the Northern Channel Islands of California reveals fascinating information about the links between fertility, population growth, and food acquisition. Congratulations to Heather on her poster! 

Membership Prices Increase January 1, 2016

Our membership prices will be increasing as of January 1, 2016. Here are the prices:

Student: $20
Retired: $25
Regular: $30

Student: $55
Retired: $60
Regular: $65


Aidee Guzman receives the 2015 Undergraduate Ethnobiologist Award.

Aidee Guzman is a student of Eve Emshwiller at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will be graduating this May with a Bachelor’s of Science in Botany and Environmental Studies. She has completed two senior thesis research projects, one on the impacts of honeybee hive placement on cranberry pollination and one on the effect of Mexico-US immigration on the transmission of plant knowledge. Our awards committee was impressed by Aidee’s coursework, her extensive research experience, and her leadership skills.

2015 Distinguished Ethnobiologist Award goes to Dr. Cecil Brown!

Congrats Cecil Brown!
The Society of Ethnobiology is proud to present the Distinguished Ethnobiologist Award 2015 to Professor Emeritus Cecil Brown of Northern Illinois University. Dr. Brown's impressive career highlights the depth and breadth of the Society.

Changes in the Journal of Ethnobiology Editorial Board

The Society of Ethnobiology announces a change in the editorial board of their flagship journal. Dana Lepofsky, Kris Gremillion, and Lee Newsome have served as editors for the 2013, 2014, and 2015 volumes of the Journal of Ethnobiology. Moving forward with the fall 2015 issue and beyond, Dana Lepofsky and Steve Wolverton will serve as editors of the Journal. The Society’s Board of Trustees is very grateful to Dr. Gremillion and Dr. Newsom for their high quality work. The Journal of Ethnobiology has benefited enormously from their editorial work.

Elections Results

Members of the Society of Ethnobiology have elected ethnobiologists to three positions on the Board of Trustees.  The new President Elect will be Cynthia Fowler.  Karen Park will become the Secretary.  Daniela Shebitz will become the Member at Large for Promotion, Outreach, and Funding.  These new board members will take office at the Santa Barbara meeting in May 2015.

Print Membership Changes

As of January 1, 2015, print membership will be on a rolling basis, just like our online memberships are. This means that your membership will be for one year, beginning with the date that you joined. Any questions, please contact Treasurer Denise Glover at

Martin Aucion receives the 2014 Undergraduate Ethnobiologist Award

Martin Aucion is the recipient of the Society of Ethnobiology’s 2014 Undergraduate Ethnobiologist Award. Aucion is double majoring in Geography and Anthropology, with a minor in Biology, at the University of North Texas. His undergraduate thesis addresses how local food systems create community at farmers’ markets and connect producers and consumers to a sense of place in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.