The objectives of the Ethnoecology and Biodiversity Lab are:

- To develop methods for documenting local knowledge and technologies as well as informal networks that buttress cultural and genetic diversity against erosion and loss.

- to serve as a repository for field collections of faculty, students, and other researchers that will provide a physical complement to ethnographic accounts and analyses of indigenous resource management practices.

- to provide a training facility for students, development workers, and researchers from diverse fields for the interdisciplinary investigation of the interface between landscapes and lifescapes and the cultural dimensions of biodiversity