School of Anthropology & Conservation

Excellence in diversity Global in reach

The Centre's overall mission is to undertake research, education and community outreach on the links between cultural and biological diversity.

The Centre draws on staff and students from across the School of Anthopology and Conservation, who conduct international research, coordinate postgraduate degrees, provide international training for capacity building, engage in community outreach, offer consultation services and edit a Berghahn Books publication series. We also have a small general reference biocultural collection, and an Ethnobotanical Garden created by staff and students.

For more information, contact: Dr Rajindra Puri, Director.

Annual Kent-Kew Distinguished Ethnobotanist Lecture 2017

In the footsteps of Rumphius: history and ethnobotanical entanglements in the spice islands

Emeritus Professor Roy Ellen, FBA
University of Kent

Details are available here.

What are Ethnobiology and Biocultural Diversity?

Ethnobiology and biocultural diversity issues have become increasingly important globally, attracting considerable interest. The importance of ethnobiology and of biocultural diversity studies can be summarised thus.

In the last 30 years, scientists have appreciated the fundamental centrality of the interconnections between humans, other species and ecosystems:

  • this concept goes back to Darwin's notion of the web of life
  • the methodologies and theories to make sense of the interconnection are recent

The new interest has arisen out of intellectual developments within science, especially the rise of:

  • biodiversity studies
  • ecology
  • environmental anthropology
  • human ecology
  • systems theories

It has been catalysed by a practical concern for the role of globalisation in:

  • environmental degradation
  • erosion of genetic resources
  • loss of traditional knowledge
  • marine pollution
  • poverty alleviation
  • rainforest destruction
  • sustainable development

The key concepts ethnobiologists are developing to address these challenges include:

  • Agrobiodiversity: the importance of genetic diversity of humanly-transformed systems of cultivars and domesticates
  • Biocultural diversity: the strong interlinkages between cultural and linguistic variation and biodiversity
  • Co-evolution: the interactive evolution of species, ecosystems, cultural traits and social practices
  • Historical ecology: the transformation of the environment by people

Ethnobiology and biocultural studies seek to place these interactions and concepts at the centre of an interdisciplinary research and teaching agenda, which will focus on:

  • our understanding of global processes in the twenty-first century
  • how we should respond to them to ensure a sustainable future
  • how environmental deterioration accompanies cultural erosion

History of Biocultural Diversity studies at Kent

The Centre for Biocultural Diversity houses the Ethnobiology and Environmental Anthropology research group, as well as researchers from Conservation Social Science, in the School of Anthropology and Conservation at Kent.  

Some notable milestones:

  • Environmental Anthropology and Ethnobotany Research and Postgraduate training established in the 1990s.
  • CBCD members have, or have had, leadership roles in the major professional bodies that represent the discipline, such as the Royal Anthropological Institute, the International Society for Ethnobiology and the Society for Economic Botany.
  • The CBCD is a regular partner in research and teaching with RBG Kew, the Eden Project, UCL School of Pharmacy, SOAS Endangered Languages Programme, the Global Diversity Foundation, People and Plants International, and The Christensen Fund.
  • CBCD is affiliate partner in MEDPLANT: Phylogenetic exploration of medicinal plant diversity, an EU ITN, 2013-17.
  • CBCD staff are highly active in research and have obtained prestigious research grants from the ESRC, British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, The Nuffield Foundation, The Darrel Posey Fellowship, Darwin Initiative, The Christensen Fund, The RAI Fund for Urgent Anthropology, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, the ESPA programme (DFID-DEFRA-NERC), the EU project The Future of Tropical Rainforest People.
  • Since 2007, the CBCD has hosted more than a dozen Visiting Fellows and PhD students.
  • The CBCD hosted the ERASMUS Intensive programme BIOCULTURE: Concepts and Methods, in 2010 and 2011, bringing together more than 100 students and several dozen teachers from 10 universities across Europe.
  • We hosted one of the largest ever meeting of the International Congress of Ethnobiology in 2004 and first ever to be held in Europe, with 516 participants from over 50 countries

Postgraduate teaching success:

  • Between 1998 and 2014, we have graduated 166 MSc and MA students in Ethnobotany and Environmental Anthropology, from 34 countries (34% UK, 20 % EU, 46% Overseas). 
  • Research projects in more than 40 different countries.
  • Support from the Commonwealth and Chevening awards, travel grants from the Global Diversity Foundation.
  • A quarter of graduates have received distinctions.
  • Many have gone on to positions in International NGOs and research institutes in numerous countries (including Kew).
  • More than 25% have undertaken or are undertaking research degrees at Kent and elsewhere (Florida, McGill, Wageningen, Leeds, Kings College London, London School of Pharmacy, Oxford, Bradford, The New York Botanic Garden).
  • Since 1998, we have supervised 23 PhDs to completion in either Ethnobiology or Environmental Anthropology, and have 14 currently registered PhD students.  We have had 13 ESRC studentships, including three ESRC-NERC studentships, and three recent ESRC-DTC studentships. 
  • CBCD staff are participating in a new SAC undergraduate programme in Human Ecology.

Dr Dario Novellino

CBCD Honorary Research Fellow and SAC alumni Dr Dario Novellino will be in Paris on January 16th, at a French Democratic Confederation of Labour (CFDT) seminar to discuss the impacts of Palm Oil expansion on the Batak people of Palawan Island, Philippines, where he has worked for some 30 years now. He has also helped to design a cultural/artistic installation Son de Bosque (‘The Sound of the Forest’) at the Espace Belleville at CFDT to convey the feeling of living in these tropical forests and the threats posed by various external forces (logging, mining and now oil palm plantations) on the Batak and their way of life. The event is also aimed at raising solidarity funds to support Batak community-based initiatives and advocacy actions. For more information contact Helene Deborde or Dario Novellino.

Son De Bosque installation brochure.





Research Projects



Doctoral Research

Interested in older projects? View previous projects.

Collaborative links

CBCD has collaborative links with a number of institutions for research, education and community outreach purposes, including the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the Eden Project, the Henry Doubleday Research Association, the Endangered Languages Project at SOAS, and the Global Diversity Foundation.

The Centre also have an Ethnobotanical Garden created by staff and students. The garden was funded by a grant obtained by the CBCD.

Education and Training

Education and training at the Centre involves the MSc in Environmental Anthropology and the MSc in Ethnobotany, which is run jointly with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. The School of Anthropology & Conservation also offers MSc degrees in Conservation Biology, Conservation and Tourism, Conservation and Rural Development, and Conservation and International Wildlife Trade. CBCD staff are also involved in International Training Courses in association with University degree programmes, research projects and capacity building of NGOs in Europe and elsewhere, such as MEDPLANT and GESA.



van der Valk, Jan MA, Leon, Christine J, Nesbitt, Mark. 2017. Macroscopic authentication of Chinese materia medica (CMM): A UK market study of seeds and fruits. Journal of Herbal Medicine 8 (2017) 40–51.


D'Ambrosio, Ugo and Puri, Raj. 2016. Foodways in transition: food plants, diet and local perceptions of change in a Costa Rican Ngäbe community. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine [Online] 12:1-32.

Dominguez, Pablo. 2016. A comparative study of two Mediterranean mountain commons and the bio-cultural diversity associated to them. In, Agnoletti, M. & Emanueli, F. (eds). Biocultural diversity in Europe. Springer.

Ellen, Roy. 2016. Is there a role for Ontologies in understanding plant knowledge systems? o AccessJournal of Ethnobiology 36 (1): 10-28.

Ellen, Roy. 2016. Tools, agency and the category of ‘living things’, in Des êtres vivants et des artefacts, Paris (Les Actes de colloques en ligne du musée du quai Branly), mis en ligne le 20 janvier 2016. URL :

Knight, Tony. 2016. Rewilding the French Pyrenean landscape: can cultural and biological diversity successfully coexist? In, Agnoletti, M. & Emanueli, F. (eds). Biocultural diversity in Europe. Springer.

Lewis-Jones, Kay E. 2016. “Useful to Us in Unknown Ways”: Seed Conservation and the Quest for Novel Human-Plant Relationships for the 21 Century. Journal of Ethnobiology 36 (1): 66-84.

Schreer, Viola. 2016. Learning knowledge about rattan (Calamoideae arecaceae) and its uses amongst Ngaju Dayak in Indonesian Borneo. o AccessJournal of Ethnobiology 36 (1): 125-46.

Sheil, D.,…Raj Puri, et al. 2016. The moral basis for conservation - reflections on Dickman et al. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment [Online] 14:67-69.


Alexiades, Miguel and Peluso, D.M. 2015. Introduction: Indigenous Urbanization in Lowland South America. Indigenous Urbanization: the circulation of peoples between rural and urban Amazonian spaces [Online] 20:1-12.

Dominguez, Pablo and Benessaiah, Nejm. 2015. “Multi-agentive transformations of rural livelihoods in Mountain ICCAs”, Quaternary International, 1-11.

Ellen, Roy. 2015. Is there a connection between object diversity and aesthetic sensibility? : A comparison between biological domesticates and material culture. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology. pp. 1-23. Online publication: DOI:10.1080/00141844.2015.1052085.

Giovannini, Peter. 2015. Medicinal plants of the Achuar (Jivaro) of Amazonian Ecuador: Ethnobotanical survey and comparison with other Amazonian pharmacopoeias. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 164: 78–88.

Howard, Patricia. 2015. Gender relations in Biodiversity Management and Conservation. In A. Coles, L. Gray and J. Momsen (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Development. Routledge.

Lahsen, M., Mathews, A., Dove, M., Orlove, B., Puri, Raj., Barnes, J., McElwee, P., Moore, F., O'Reilly, J., and K. Yager. 2015. Strategies for Changing the Intellectual Climate. Nature Climate Change 5: 391-392. doi:10.1038/nclimate2596

Novellino, Dario. 2015.  From Local Struggles to Global Advocacy: Mining Expansion and Indigenous Peoples’ Responses on the “Last Frontier”, in J. Eder and O. Evangelista, eds. Palawan and Its Global Networks. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press.

Novellino, Dario. 2015.  Rice-Related Knowledge, Farming Strategies and the Transformation of Swiddens amongst the Batak of Palawan Island, the Philippines in M. Cairns (ed.) A Growing Forest of Voices. Earthscan: London.

Reyes-García V., Menendez-Baceta G., Aceituno-Mata L., Acosta-Naranjo R, Calvet-Mir L., Dominguez, Pablo, Garnatje T., Gómez-Baggethun E., Molina-Bustamante M., Molina M., Rodríguez-Franco R., Serrasolses G., Vallès J., Pardo-de-Santayana M. 2015. “From famine foods to delicatessen: Interpreting trends in the use of wild edible plants through cultural ecosystem services”, Ecological Economics, 120: 303–11.

Puri, Raj. 2015. The uniqueness of the everyday: Herders and invasive species in India. In J. Barnes and M. Dove, eds., Climate Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Climate Change. New Haven: Yale University Press.


Acosta, Rufino and Dominguez, Pablo. 2014. Eco-anthropology: Towards a holistic approach on the relations between humans and the environment. In Lundsteen M., Martínez U. & Palomera J. (eds.), Proceedings of the XIII Conference PERIFERIAS, FRONTERAS Y DIÁLOGOS (panel "Antropología ambiental. Estado de la cuestión y retos futuros"), Tarragona 2-5 septiembre, Ed. Universitat Rovira i Virgili/FAAEE, 2835-2858.

Dominguez, Pablo. 2014. Current situation and future patrimonializing perspectives for the governance of agro-pastoral resources in the Ait Ikis transhumants of the High Atlas. In Herrera P.M., Davies J. & Manzano P. (coords) Global review of environmental governance in drylands and pastoral rangelands, Ed. IUCN and World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism, 126-144 pp.
Dominguez, Pablo. 2014. “Les agdals du Haut Atlas de Marrakech (Maroc)”, The ICCA Consortium newsletter, 8: 15-16.

Ellen, Roy and Benessaiah, Nejm. 2014. Nejm Benessaiah: an interview with Roy Ellen. Ethnobiology Letters 5, 31-39.

Ellen, Roy. 2014. (with D. A. Vázquez, G. A. Salinas, L. V. Coalla, P. E. Pliego, K. B. Stanley and A. A. Villamar) La etnoclassificatión de la aves de los Zapotecos del Rincón, Oaxaca, México. In Aves, personas y culturas: estudios de etno-ornitologia 1, ed. M. A. Vásquez-Dávila. Oaxaca: CONACYT, pp. 207-227.

Fish, Rob and Church, A. 2014. Cultural ecosystem services: stretching out the concept. Journal of the institution of Environmental Scientist: 31-44.

Montanari, Bernadette and Bergh, Sylvia I. 2014. The challenges of ‘participatory’ development in a semi-authoritarian context: the case of an essential oil distillation project in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The Journal of North African Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13629387.2013.878247.

Montanari, Bernadette. 2014. Environmental concerns, vulnerability of a subsistence system and traditional ecological knowledge in the High Atlas of Morocco. In Mountains, Geology, Topography and Environment Concerns, edited by António Bento-Gonçalves and António Vieira. Hauppauge New York, Nova Science.

Osawa, Yoshimi and Ellen, Roy. 2014. The cultural cognition of taste term conflation. The Senses and Society 9 (1): 72-91.

Salick, J., Konchar, K. and Nesbitt, Mark. 2014. Curating biocultural collections: a handbook. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Volpato, Gabriele and Howard, Patricia. 2014. The material and cultural recovery of camels and camel husbandry among Sahrawi refugees of Western Sahara. Pastoralism, 4(1), 1-23.

Volpato, Gabriele and Puri, Raj. 2014. Dormancy and revitalization: The fate of ethnobotanical knowledge of camel forage among Sahrawi nomads and refugees of Western Sahara. Ethnobotany Research and Application Volume 12: 183-210.

Volpato, Gabriele and Waldstein, Anna. 2014. “Eghindi Among Sahrawi Refugees of Western Sahara” Medical Anthropology 33(2): 160-177.

Waldstein, Anna. 2014. “What Can Ethnobotany Contribute to the Study of the History of Herbal Medicines? A Mesoamerican Answer.” In S. Francia and A. Stobart (eds.). Critical Approaches to the History of Western Herbal Medicine, Bloomsbury Press.


Alcántara-Salinas, G., Ellen, Roy et al. 2013. Alternative ways of representing Zapotec and Cuicatec folk classification of birds: a multidimensional model and its implications for culturally-informed conservation in Oaxaca, México. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine [Online] 9:1-16, plus two additional files.

Alexiades, Miguel, Peters, C. M., Laird, S. A., Binnquist, C. L. and P. Castillo, 2013. The Missing Skill Set in Community Management of Tropical Forests. Conservation Biology, 27: 635–637.

Brennan, E., Harris, L.-A. and Nesbitt, Mark. 2013. Jamaican lace-bark: its history and uncertain future. Textile History 44: 235–253

Cruz-Garcia, G. S. and Howard, Patricia. 2013. ‘I used to be ashamed’. The influence of an educational program on tribal and non-tribal children's knowledge and valuation of wild food plants. Learning and Individual Differences, 27, 234-240.

Barnes, J., Dove, M., Lahsen, M., Mathews, A., McElwee, P., McIntosh, R., Moore, F., O'Reilly, J., Orlove, B., Puri, Raj, Weiss, H. and K. Yager. 2013. Contribution of anthropology to the study of climate change. Nature Climate Change Vol. 3: 541-544.

Domínguez, Pablo, 2013. Culturally mediated provision of ecosystem services: The AGDAL of Yagour. In Continuity and Change in Cultural Adaptation to Mountain Environments (pp. 379-393). Springer: New York.

Ellen, Roy, S. Johns and S. Lycett, eds., 2013. Understanding cultural transmission: a critical anthropological synthesis. Oxford: Berghahn Books.

Ellen, Roy and Komaromi, Reka, 2013. Social exchange and vegetative propagation: an untold story of British potted plants. Anthropology Today, 29: 3-7.

Fischer, Michael et al. 2013. Harmonizing Diversity: Tuning Anthropological Research to Complexity. Social Science Computer Review [Online] 31:3-15.

Howard, Patricia. 2013. Human resilience in the face of biodiversity tipping points at local and regional scales. In, O’Riordan & T. Lenton (Eds.) Addressing Tipping Points for a Precarious Future. British Academy and Oxford University Press.

Montanari, Bernadette, 2013. The Future of Agriculture in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco: The Need to Integrate Traditional Ecological Knowledge. In The Future of Mountain Agriculture, pp. 51-72. Springer: Berlin.

Ouarghidi, A., Martin, Gary J., Powell, B., Esser, G., Abbad, A., 2013. Botanical identification of medicinal roots collected and traded in Morocco and comparison to the existing literature. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 9:59.

Puri, Rajindra K., 2013. Transmitting Penan basketry knowledge and practice. In Understanding cultural transmission: a critical anthropological synthesis, eds. Ellen, R.F., S. Johns and S. Lycett. Oxford: Berghahn Books.

Soselisa, Hermien L. and Ellen, Roy, 2013. The management of cassava toxicity and its changing sociocultural context in the Kei Islands, Eastern Indonesia. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, [Online] 52:427-450.


Roy Ellen, 2012. Nuaulu religious practices: the frequency and reproduction of rituals in a Moluccan society. Leiden: KITLV Press.

Roy Ellen and H Soselia, 2012. A Comparative Study of the Socio-ecological Concomitants of Cassava (Manihot esculenta) Diversity, Local Knowledge and Management in Eastern Indonesia. Ethnobotany Research and Applications 10, 15-35.

Roy Ellen, 2012. Studies of swidden agriculture in Southeast Asia since 1960: an overview and commentary on recent research and syntheses. Asia Pacific World 3(1), 18-38.

Sheyda Ahayeri and Helen Newing, 2012. Meat, markets, pleasure and revenge: Multiple motivations for hunting in Bamu National Park, Fars Province, Iran. Parks 18.1:125-33.

Dario Novellino and ALDAW, 2012. Palawan: Our Struggle for Nature and Culture. Online at: or 

Douglas Sheil, Iman Basuki, Laura German, Tom Kuyper, Godwin Limberg, Rajindra K. Puri, Bernard Sellato, Marieke van Noordwij, and Eva Wollenberg, 2012. Do Anthropogenic Dark Earths occur in the interior of Borneo? Some initial observations from East Kalimantan. Forests 3: 207-229.

Christian Gamborg, Reg Parsons, Rajindra K. Puri, and Peter Sandøe. 2012. Ethics and research methodologies for the study of traditional forest-related knowledge. In Traditional Forest-Related Knowledge: Sustaining Communities, Ecosystems and Biocultural Diversity, edited by J.A. Parrotta and R.L. Trosper. World Forests, Volume 12: 535-562. New York: Springer.

Thomas Ibarra, Antonia Barreau, Carlos del Campo, Claudia Camacho, Gary Martin, Susannah McCandless, 2011. When formal and market-based conservation mechanisms disrupt food sovereignty: impacts of community conservation and payments for environmental services on an indigenous community of Oaxaca, Mexico. International Forestry Review 13(3): 318-37.

D. Vinyet and Pablo Dominguez, 2012. “Anàlisi d’una deriva agro-ecològica des de la Història i la Teoria Crítica en el Pensament Antropològic”, Peripheria, nº 16 : 24 p.<>.

Pablo Dominguez, et al., 2012. Culturally mediated provision of ecosystem services: The agdal of Yagour. Environmental Values Journal, 21: 277-96.

Isabel Ruiz-Mallen, Pablo Dominguez, Laura Clavet, Marti Orta & Viki Reyes-Garcia, 2012. Investigación aplicada en etnoecología: experiencias de campo. Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana 7(1): 9-32.


Stuart Harrop, 2011. 'Living In Harmony With Nature'? Outcomes of the 2010 Nagoya Conference of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Journal of Environmental Law, 23, 117-128.

Stuart Harrop, 2011. Deciding what to save: trade-offs in conservation. In Whales and Dolphins Cognition, Culture, Conservation and Human Perceptions, P Brakes and MP Simmonds (eds), Earthscan.

Roy Ellen and Simon Platten, 2011. The social life of seeds: the role of networks of relationships in the dispersal and cultural selection of plant germplasm. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 17(3): 563-84. [Results of the Leverhulme funded UK Homegardens Project.]

Peter Giovannini, Viki Reyes-Garcia, Anna Waldstein and Michael Heinrich, 2011.  Do Pharmaceuticals Displace Local Knowledge and Use of Medicinal Plants? A Study in an Indigenous Rural Community, Mexico. Social Science and Medicine 72: 928-936.

Gotzone Garay and Rajindra Puri, 2011. Smelling the monsoon: Senses and traditional weather forecasting knowledge among the Kenyah Badeng farmers of Sarawak, Malaysia. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge. Special edition: Traditional knowledge and Climate Change. 10 (1): 21-30.

Patricia Howard, 2010. Culture and agrobiodiversity: Understanding the links. In: Pilgrim, S. and J. Pretty (eds.), Nature and Culture: Rebuilding Lost Connections. Pp. 163-184.London & Washington DC: Earthscan Books.

Helen Newing, ed, 2011. Conducting Research in Conservation: A Social Science Perspective. Routledge.

Dario Novellino, 2011. Towards a ‘Common Logic of Procurement’: Unraveling the Foraging–Farming Interface on Palawan Island (The Philippines).  In M. Janowski and G. Barker (eds.) Why Cultivate? Anthropological and archeological perspectives on foraging-farming transitions in island Southeast Asia. McDonald Institute Monographs: University of Cambridge.

Lisa Philander, N. Makunga and Simon Platten, 2011 Local medicinal plant knowledge in South Africa preserved by Apartheid. Human Ecology 39 (2), 203-216.

Earlier publications of Studies in Environmental Anthropology and Ethnobiology (pdf) which includes the latest from our Berghahn Book series.


Associate staff

Associate members

Visiting Fellows to the CBCD

The CBCB at Kent welcomes a variety of academic guests who benefit from one of the largest concentrations of scholarship in Ethnobiology and Anthropology and the Environment, while also making an important contribution to the intellectual atmosphere and various research and teaching programmes. Visiting Training Fellows are doctoral students finishing their theses, or producing journal articles, while Visiting Fellows include postdocs as well as senior scientists on sabbatical leave or working with CBCD staff. Our Ethnobotanist in Residence programme brings eminent researchers and practitioners to Kent, who support our MSc and PhD programmes. For more information, contact Dr Raj Puri.

Enrique Garcia GomesEnrique Garcia Gomes is a Visiting Training Fellow from the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Toledo (Spain), working on his doctoral research on the Ethnobotanical and ethnographic study of Quercus species and its fruits in the Iberian Peninsula. He will be translating chapters of his thesis for publication in English language journals, as well as consulting with Dr. Raj Puri in the context of his project on the Biocultural Diversity of Cork Oak Landscapes in Iberia.


Arturo Perez-VazquesProfessor Arturo Perez-Vazques is a professor at the Colegio de Postgraduados (Postgraduate College in Agricultural Sciences) in Veracruz, Mexico. He did his PhD at Imperial College in Wye on urban agriculture and allotments. Since then he has conducted research in tropical agroecosystems, mainly on homegardens, but also on the use of wild native plants as ornamentals in green spaces. He teaches on the PhD Programme in Tropical Agroecosystems and is the PI for a project Agribusiness, Agroecotourism and Landscape Architecture (
Professor Perez-Vazques has received a sabbatical grant from CONACYT, the Mexican government’s Science and Technology Research funding body to take a one year sabbatical at the Centre for Biocultural Diversity at SAC to work on his project: Homegardens, agrobiodiversity and food security in Indigenous communities in Mexico.
The Centre has several researchers, including Professor Patricia Howard, Professor Roy Ellen, Dr Simon Platten, and Dr Raj Puri, and former students and staff, that are or have been engaged in research on homegardens (or allotments) in the UK, Europe, Asia and Latin America.


Isabel Diaz RiviergoIsabel Diaz Riviergo, a PhD student at the Ethnoecology Lab in Barcelona, was a Visiting Training Fellow in the Centre in Autumn 2014.  Isabel’s work links the study of the intra-cultural variation of local ecological knowledge with social networks. She adopts a gender perspective to assess differences in intra-cultural variation of knowledge and skills, and their relation to different gendered compositions of social networks in regard to subsistence strategies amongst the Tsimane’ people of lowland Bolivian Amazonia. She worked with Honorary Professor Patricia Howard. The Ethnoecology Lab is part of a European network of Universities teaching and conducting research in Biocultural Diversity studies: the network was set up as part of an ERASMUS Intensive Programme run by the Centre for Biocultural Diversity at Kent between 2009 and 2011.


Clive Dennis was a Visiting Training Fellow at the CBCD from May till September 2014, working with Professor Patricia Howard, on follow-up research to the CBCD project Human Adaptation to Biodiversity Change. He is now a PhD student at Kent, working with Dr Raj Puri on Adaptation to Environmental Change among Banawa people of the Brazilian Amazon.


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