Barbara Lawrence Award Winners for 2013

Our congratulations to the many student authors who participated in the 2013 Barbara Lawrence Award competition! There was a tie and two papers share the award and prize money.

The Nina Etkin Young Researcher Award


1. Purpose: The Etkin Award has two purposes. First, to honour the memory of Nina Etkin and her work in ethnopharmacology and second, to support graduate students doing field work in ethnopharmacology. Award recipients are not expected to do the same work as Dr. Etkin but those exploring similar objectives will receive the highest consideration. Dr.

Dr. Eugene N. Anderson Receives SOE's 2013 Distinguished Ethnobiologist Award

Eugene N. Anderson is the recipient of the Society of Ethnobiology’s 2013 Distinguished Ethnobiologist Award due to his outstanding contributions to the discipline of Ethnobiology and his contributions to advancing the goals of our beloved organization.  Dr. Anderson is Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, at the University of California, Riverside.  He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1967.

Election Results

The Society of Ethnobiology elected two new members to its Board of Directors in December 2013.  Chelsey Armstrong, a Ph.D. student in the department of archaeology at Simon Fraser University, is the Society's new Web Liaison. Our new Publications Liaison is Ray Pierotti (Ph.D. Dalhousie University), Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Indigenous Studies at the University of Kansas. The terms for all of the new Board members begin in May 2014.  Congratulations to Ray and Chelsey! Welcome to your new leadership positions!

SoE to change dues structure and pricing

The board would like to announce a massive restructuring of dues that will take place in August to September. We plan to dramatically reduce the price of online subscriptions/dues (for students, the price will drop by more than 50%, for professionals the price drop will be about 50%). There will be an additional fee for those who still desire the print copy of the journal (keeping print prices about the same/ slightly increased).

Dr. Catherine (Kay) Fowler Receives 2012 Distinguished Ethnobiologist Award

The Society of Ethnobiology is pleased to announce the second recipient of its Distinguished Ethnobiologist Award, Dr. Catherine (Kay) Fowler.  Dr. Fowler is Professor Emerita at the University of Nevada, Reno and was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences.   She is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the study of traditional ecological knowledge, having spent decades collaborating with, and learning from, the peoples of the Great Basin.  Learn more about Dr.

Jonathan Dombrosky is the Recipient of the 2012 Undergraduate Ethnobiologist Award

Jonathan Dombrosky, an Anthropology major at the University of North Texas, has been selected to receive the 2012 Undergraduate Ethnobiologist Award.  This award supports membership and meeting participation for a student who will advise the Board of Directors on undergraduate participation in the Society.  Jonathan is studying zooarchaeology with current Society Treasurer Steve Wolverton.

Interview with Ethnobiologist, Catherine (Kay) Fowler

At the 2008 SoE Annual meetings in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Dana Lepofsky, then President of the Society, interviewed Kay about her long and successful career as an ethnobiologist. Kay describes how she got her start in ethnobiology some 50 years ago with her work with the hunter-gatherers of the Great Basin -- before there was a sub-discipline of "ethnobiology". As an undergraduate student, Kay recognized the importance of a solid training in both ecology and linguistics. This training enabled her to work with traditional ecological experts and to accurately document their knowledge.

Ethnobiology Letters Completes Volume 3

The Society of Ethnobiology is pleased to announce the completion of the third volume of Ethnobiology Letters (EBL), a gold open access, fully online journal for short communications. We invite you to read our most recent, newly completed issue of EBL which is exclusively available here on the Society's website: Volume three includes eight research articles and eight book reviews.