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Special Issues/Sections

The Journal of Ethnobiology publishes Special Issues/Sections on ethnobiological topics of broad interest. We invite submissions of high-quality articles for possible inclusion in future Special Issues. In addition, if you would like to help us put together a collection of articles (3-12) on a specific ethnobiological topic for a Special Section, please contact us.

Journal of Ethnobiology

Special Issue: Ethnobiology and Philosophy

Guest editors:
Abigail Nieves Delgado
David Ludwig
Charbel N. El-Hani


Call for papers

Ethnobiology raises fundamental epistemological, ontological, and political questions about relations among peoples, biota, and environments. This special issue brings together emerging debates at the intersection of ethnobiology and philosophy. We want to explore how philosophy can contribute to reflexive ethnobiological practices and how ethnobiology can contribute to philosophical engagement with biocultural diversity. We are therefore looking for submissions that create meaningful dialogue between ethnobiological and philosophical debates - whether from philosophically reflexive ethnobiologists or ethnobiologically engaged philosophers.

In employing a broad definition of both “ethnobiology” and “philosophy”, the special issue aims to bring together intellectual resources from Indigenous philosophies to environmental ethics to anthropological theory to philosophy of science. We want to foster debates about questions such as (1) diverse forms of producing knowledge about the biological world, (2) their interaction with heterogeneous ontologies and ways of being in the world, (3) relations between Indigenous biologies and philosophies, (4) the ethics and methodology of ethnobiological research, (5) challenges of decolonization in ethnobiology, and (6) relations between ethnobiological research and social-environmental challenges. The special issue aims to create a forum for ethnobiologists, philosophers, and aligned researchers to engage in a transdisciplinary dialogue about fundamental questions of ethnobiological research and their implications for engaging with biocultural diversity. Submissions that reflect this transdisciplinary dialogue are especially welcomed.

This special issue welcomes research articles that do not exceed a limit of 8,500 words and follow the general submission guidelines of the Journal of Ethnobiology. The submission deadline is 1. May 2022.

For further information or clarification, feel free to contact the guest editors Abigail Nieves Delgado (, David Ludwig (, and Charbel N. El-Hani (

Future Special Issues and Sections

Ethnobiology and Philosophy - (Guest Editors: Abigail Nieves Delgado; David Ludwig; Charbel N. El-Hani)

Tropical Agriculture (2022) - (Guest Editors: Lydie Dussol and Stephen Rostain)

Methods and Ethnobiology in Honor of Justin Nolan (2022) - (Guest Editors: Marsha Quinlan and Mike Robbins)

Recent Special Issues and Sections


Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change (Guest edited by Xiaoyue Li, André Braga Junqueira, and Victoria Reyes-García)

Ethnobiology of Bats (Guest edited by Ricardo Rocha, Adrià Baucells, and Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares)


Wild Meat in Changing Times (Guest edited by Daniel J. Ingram)

Ethnobiology of Dogs (Guest edited by Petra Cunningham-Smith and Kitty Emery)

Ethnobiology and Sweeteners (Guest edited by Jeffrey Wall and Irene Teixidor-Toneu)


Ethnobiology and Mollusks (Guest edited by Ariadna Burgos and Alexandra C. Younger)

Ethnobiology Through Song (Guest edited by Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares)

Action Ethnobiology (Guest edited by Chelsey Geralda Armstrong and Alex C. McAlvay)


Honoring Steve Weber 

Ethnobiology and Cannabis (Guest edited by Denise Glover)

Ethnobiology and Children (Guest edited by Sandrine Gallois and Victoria Reyes-García)

Feral Dynamics (Guest edited by Nils Bubandt and Anna Tsing)


Birds II

Ethnobiology and Fisheries (Guest Editors: Eréndira M. Quintana Morales)

21st Century Pastoralism and Biodiversity Conservation (Guest Editor: Katerine E. French)

Empirical and Model-Based Agricultural Studies in Archaeology (Guest Editors: Andrew Gillreath-Brown and R. Kyle Bocinsky)


Botanical Ontologies (Guest edited by Lewis Daly, Katherine E. French, Theresa L. Miller, and Luíseach Nic Eoin)

Archaeology as Ethnobiology (Guest edited by Lisa Nagaoka and Steve Wolverton)

Urban Ethnobiology (Guest edited by Marla Emery and Patrick Hurley)

Birds (Guest edited by Nicole Saul)


Fire Ecology & Ethnobiology (Guest edited by Cynthia T. Fowler and James R. Welch)


Climate Change & Ethnobiology (Guest edited by Steve Wolverton, Kimberly Chambers, and James R. Veteto)

Food Security in a Changing World (Guest edited by Justin M. Nolan and Andrea Pieroni)