The Anthropology and the Environment Committee of the RAI have put together a list of anthropologists who are interested in environmental issues.  This list is a resource for other anthropologists and for those outside anthropology looking for a particular expertise.

If you are interested in being included please reply to and include:

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Contact details
  • Statement of interest
  • Geographical/topical area of interest

Name: Dr Carol E. Mayer

Affiliation: University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology

Contact details: Dr. Carol E. Mayer FCMA
Head, Curatorial/Interpretation Dept.
UBC Museum of Anthropology
Associate - Dept. Anthropology
6393 NW Marine Drive
Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z2

Statement of Interest:  Broadly stated  -- I am interested in how museums express their relationship (if any) to global issues, especially resource extraction and environmental change.  I wonder whether  exhibitions, programming and publications etc. that do address these issues can create some transparency or even effect change.

Geographical area:  I have been working in the Middle Sepik River region of Papua  New Guinea for the past 10 years where forestry and mining are ongoing challenges.  See my publication “In the Footprint of the Crocodile Man: Contemporary Art of the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea.  You have a copy in your library.

Name: Dr. Pamela McElwee

Affiliation:Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Contact details: Associate Professor, Department of Human Ecology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
55 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Statement of interest: I am an environmental anthropologist with additional training in geography and forestry & ecology. My research interests are in the local social impacts of global environmental problems, with my particular expertise in biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, and climate change. Most of my work integrates household-level analysis of decision-making regarding resource use with an examination of global institutional practices and norms that influence environmental management, with an aim to identify why people conduct certain resource use practices in different ecosystems, particularly in the context of rapid environmental change, and the ways in which these global environmental changes may in turn render some communities more vulnerable or impoverished. I am the author of a recent book Forests are Gold: Trees, People and Environmental Rule in Vietnam (U. Washington, 2016) and coeditor of the book Gender and Sustainability (U of Arizona, 2012). I serve as the Lead of the Cultural Practices and Ecosystem Management Thematic Group for IUCN, and as a lead author of the Global Assessment of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Geographical/topical area of interest: Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam and Myanmar.

Name: Andrea E. Murray

Affiliation: Lecturer, Hamilton College

Contact details :

Statement of interest: Sustainable Tourism

Geographical/topical area of interest: East Asia, Caribbean

Name: Angelito Nunag

Affiliation: University of the Philippines, Diliman, Extension Program in Pampanga

Contact details: +63 917 628 8981

Statement of interest: My research interests have to do with local adaptation, resilience, socio-natural hazards and environment management in the Philippines.

Geographical/topical area of interest: My work has always been centered on Talim island in the Philippines.

Name: Jessica O'Reilly

Affiliation: Indiana University Bloomington

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Statement of interest: Jessica O’Reilly, assistant professor of Climate Change and International Studies, is an environmental anthropologist who studies how scientists and policy makers participate in environmental management, both in regards to the Antarctic environment and global climate change. She received her PhD from the University of California Santa Cruz. Before coming to Indiana University, O’Reilly was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University and the University of California San Diego and an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. She has two forthcoming books, The Technocratic Antarctic: an ethnography of scientific expertise and environmental governance (Cornell University Press) and the co-authored volume Assessing Assessments: A Historical and Philosophical Study of Scientific Assessments for Environmental Policy in the Late Twentieth Century (University of Chicago Press). Her current project, an ethnographic study of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is funded through an award from the Science, Technology, and Society Program of the National Science Foundation.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Polar regions/ global