Tuesday, January 29, 2013

2012 Mentors

Gail E. Wagner

My degrees are in anthropology as an archaeologist with a specialty in paleoethnobotany, but along the way I studied a fair amount of botany. I received my Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1987. Since 1989 I’ve been teaching in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Carolina. I conduct research in the southeastern United States on the relationships between plants and peoples, both in the past (anthropogenesis, colonial impacts on diet, Zea mays, domestication of Iva annua) and in the present (what is a vegetable, meaning of plants, botanical knowledge, biocultural diversity). I’m a co-PI of an NSF-funded grant called the Open Science Network (OSN) that provides an open-source, open-access online resource for using ethnobiology to teach science at the college level. I’m running a session at the Congress called S33: Teaching and Learning through Ethnobiology as well as an evening session open to the public, E16: Talking Circle on Participatory Science: Re-Imagining Ethnobiological Teaching/Learning. I’m a gardener and a collector/user of wild plants, and since 1978 I’ve been helping museums and others re-create prehistoric gardens. I observe and think about plants every day!

Harry Jonas

Harry Jonas, LLM, is a lawyer and a co-founder of Natural Justice. His life interest is in the impact of law, politics, and economics on the biosphere, i.e. how positive legal systems interact with natural laws and the laws of nature, and as a corollary, in exploring how local approaches to law and policy promote social and environmental integrity. After working for 4 years from South Africa, Harry established an office in Sabah, Malaysia, with Holly Shrumm to deepen Natural Justice’s work in the Asia-Pacific region.

3. Bobo Kadiri (no picture)

My main research topics concern ‘‘the role of TEK in the conservation of wildlife resources around protected areas’’ and ‘‘How acculturation is related to the loss of cultural and associated biological diversity’’. Since 2009, four students from BSc and MSc degrees took part in these researches thanks to a financial support from the Volkswagen Foundation for a Post doc project entitled ‘‘Managing forest wildlife for human livelihood in the Korup-Oban Hills region between Cameroon and Nigeria’’. The project will last for two more years. Through another five years project cooperation between Japan and Cameroon (JICA/FOSAS project), dealing with Non Timber Forest Products, including wildlife, I have the opportunity to investigate on cultural issues related to local bird names in the Baka pigmies ethnic group and their conservation implications in the South-east of Cameroon.

Holly Shrumm

Rick Stepp

Alain Cuerrier

7. Barbara Wilson

8. Raymond Pierotti

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