Welcome to the Ethnoecology and Biodiversity Lab Website
Anthropology Department
University of Georgia
Associated Researchers 


Virginia Nazarea
Department of Anthropology, UGA 

Associate Director

Michael Olien 
Department of Anthropology, UGA

Ethnoecology and Biodiversity Team:

Juana Camacho
Kathy Couch
Adam Henne
Dr. Maricel Piniero

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Research Areas

Opportunities and Facilities



     The Ethnoecology and Biodiversity Lab serves as a venue for collaboration between natural and social scientists, locally and internationally, on research focusing on recognition, allocation, and use of natural resources.  The goal is to understand human-environment interaction in terms of the relative cognitive salience of environmental components such as plants, animals, water, and soils for different groups of people.  While Western science provides one set of perspectives and models that contribute to this understanding, those of the local people are equally valid and fundamental.  The mission of the Ethnoecology and Biodiversity Lab is to incorporate local perceptions, classifications and "objective" or "detached" scientific ones in explaining and influencing resource management practices and policies.  These practices and policies may impact on biodiversity, agricultural sustainability, and environmental conservation. 

Global research

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United States

Contact us at ebl@uga.edu or write to:
105A Baldwin Hall
Athens, GA 30602