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: Diane Russell

Affiliation: U.S. Agency for International Development, Forestry and Biodiversity Office

Contact details: See below and my personal email:

Statement of interest: I am interested in being part of a global community of anthropologists working in the environment sector. I have been a member of the American Anthropological Association's Anthropology and Environemnt section since it was formed about 20 years ago and I have been working in the environment and natural resource sector for over 30 years.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Congo Basin; West Africa. Biodiversity conservation; forest management; intersection of forestry and agricultural development.

Name: Michael Shackleton

Affliation: Associate Professor of Social & Cultural Anthropology, Osaka Gakuin University, Japan

Contact details:

Geographical/topical area of interest: Religion & Environment; Traditional use of environment + worldview; Anthropology of Natural Disasters; traditional eco-systems in East Asia (Japan/China/Korea) & East Africa; Environment Archaeology; Experimental Archaeology; Anthropology of Landscapes; Cognitive understandings of the Environment

Name: Eleanor Shoreman-Ouimet, PhD

Affiliation: Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut (UCONN)

Contact details:

Statement of interest: I am an environmental anthropologist who studies human-environment interactions, cross-cultural conservation practices, community response to natural hazards and the effects of climate change, and the links between culture, history, economics, environmental ethics and resource management. For the past 5 years I have been actively engaged in the debate over anthropological approaches to the study of environmental repair, the influence of anthropocentrism in the social sciences, and facilitating cooperative efforts between anthropologists and conservation groups.  My research and publications also examine issues related to environmental education, anti-environmentalism, and the role of rural elite and cultural ideology in community-based conservation initiatives.

Geographical/topical area of interest: My current research focuses cultural perceptions of, responses to, and decision making in the context of natural hazards and disasters.  I am currently working in Japan and coastal New England as part of an interdisciplinary investigation into the study of low frequency, high impact hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, typhoons and cross-cultural perceptions and responses to the threat and aftermath of hazards and disasters, decisions to implement preemptive protective measures, and how to increase awareness and preventative action among communities.

Name: Dr Jeremy Spoon

Affiliation: Associate Professor, Anthropology Department, Portland State University; Senior Fellow, The Mountain Institute

Contact details: Anthropology Department, Portland State University, P.O. Box 751, Portland, Oregon, 97207; 1.503.725.9729;

Statement of interest: I am an applied environmental anthropologist that focuses on the interface of indigenous peoples and mountainous protected areas. I also recently started a new project focusing on critical transitions of social-ecological systems after natural disasters.

Geographical/topical areas of interest: applied/environmental anthropology, ethnoecology, indigenous peoples, mountainous protected and conserved areas, place based spirituality, natural disasters, public education; Nepalese Himalaya, Western United States

Name: Darryl Stellmach

Affiliation: University of Sydney & Médecins Sans Frontières

Contact details : Charles Perkins Centre – D17 | The University of Sydney | NSW | 2006 T +61 2 8627 5102  | F +61 2 8627 1606 E

Statement of interest: I am a medical anthropologist and former aid worker, interested in collaborations at the intersection of climate, the environment and humanitarianism. Humanitarian relief activities are predicated on punctual, short-term intervention in the immediate wake of conflict or disaster. Yet increasingly humanitarian relief is becoming an indefinite in duration, and a de facto form of government in the absence of other forms of polity. This state of affairs seems set to amplify in the near future, as the humanitarian consequences of climate change become more apparent. I hope to undertake work to predict and mitigate the worst of these effects.

Geographical/topical area of interest: Climate change and health; climate change and disasters; climate change and conflict; climate migration; famine, undernutrition and food insecurity; lead poisoning; artisanal mining.