Current ISE Board
|President||Secretary||Regional Representatives||Fellowship Program||Student Representatives|
|Vice President||Treasurer||Global Coalition||Ethics Program||Congress Organizers|
President: Jack Miller
Jack is currently a faculty member of the Faculty of Human, Social, and Educational Development at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. He teaches in the Bachelor of Education and Master of Education programs, is an elected member of Senate, and is currently with local Aboriginal language teachers on a research project to develop a means of assessing Indigenous language proficiency in Kindergarten and Grade 1 students in a Secwepemc language Immersion school. Jack recently completed a term as the Dean of the School of Education and the Acting Dean of the School of Social Work and Human Service at TRU. Prior to these appointments, he was Chair of the Bachelor of Education program. Jack is an elected member of the TRU Senate, the Budget Committee of Senate, the Academic Planning and Priorities Committee, and the Aboriginal Advisory Committee of Senate. Jack is also a member of the Council of the British Columbia College of Teachers.
Jack was awarded a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of British Columbia in 2004. The title of his doctoral thesis is “Assessing First Nations Language Proficiency”, and he continues to collaborate with local First Nations language teachers and community members on research dealing with the assessment of First Nations language proficiency. Jack is currently the coach of the TRU Cross-country Running Team and is an elite Masters competitor in track, road racing, and cross-country running. He has completed 54 marathons to date and plans to keep running and competing for many years to come. Jack first joined the ISE in 2006 (Thailand) when he attended the conference for the first time with his wife Verna, herself a previous member of the ISE Board. At the 2006 conference, Jack also participated in the pre-conference workshop that revised the ISE Code of Ethics. Jack attended the 2008 conference in Cusco, Peru, and the 2010 conference at Tofino, BC.
Vice President: Alain Cuerrier
Alain Cuerrier is an ethnobotanist and plant taxonomist involved primarily with the First Nations of Eastern Canada. He hold a research position at the Montreal Botanical Garden and Plant Biology Research Institute (University of Montreal). He is a member of the Traditional Aboriginal Antidiabetic Medicines (TAAM). His works encompass antidiabetic traditional medicines, impact assessment of harvesting medicinal plants, perception of climate change by Inuit people. Earlier works have pertained to their traditional medicine (TM) and botanical knowledge as well as their perception of Nature. Alain has been involved with the Access and Benefit Sharing policies within Canada. He is also board member of the Natural Health Product Research Society of Canada. He is helping First Nations and their TM to be recognised.
Secretary: Sarah-Lan Mathez-Stiefel
Sarah-Lan Mathez is an anthropologist and ethnobiologist with extensive working experience in Latin America and Eastern and Southern Africa. She holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Bern, Switzerland, and currently conducts research on the transformation of ethnobiological and ethnomedical knowledge in the Andes. Presently a Senior Research Scientist at the Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern, Switzerland, she has over ten years of experience working in international cooperation projects involving research institutions, NGOs, and community-based organizations. Since 2010, she is also the Executive Director at A Rocha Peru, a Peruvian nature conservation non-profit organization, part of the global family of A Rocha International. Her professional interests focus on biocultural diversity, sustainable development and natural resource management, traditional ecological knowledge, and social learning processes. She is based in Lima, Peru, since 2006, and is the current Secretary of the ISE Board.
Treasurer: Jon Corbett
In particular Jon’s interests include how digital multimedia technologies can be effectively used by remote and marginal communities to document, store, manage and communicate their culture, language, history and traditional ecological knowledge. His research also explore how geographic representation of community information using these technologies can strengthen the community internally through the revitalization of culture and traditional environmental management practices, as well as externally through increasing their influence over regional decision-making processes.
Central and South Americas and the Caribbean: Armando Medinaceli
Born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia, Armando is an ethnobiologist holding an MSc. in Environmental Anthropology from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. He has extensive ethnozoological research experience in both the Andes, studying the animal uses of the Uru Murato, and in Amazonia, researching wild animals used in traditional Tsimane’ medicine. He has also worked in Mexico, where he studied the mammal traditional folk classification of one Chinanteco community in Oaxaca and later, as Field Coordinator for GDF, trained a Chinanteco research team as part of a community conservation project . He is currently carrying out an independent research on the “Ethnobotany of Hunting of the Tsimane’ in Bolivian Amazonia”. He is a founding member and on the board of the Latin American Society of Ethnobiology (SOLAE). His professional focus is on ethnozoology, ethics in research, biocultural diversity, community conservation, indigenous advocacy and co-inquiry research.
North Americas: Jessica Dolan
Jessica is a PhD Candidate in the department of Anthropology at McGill University. Her current research is on Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) environmental thought — how people in Haudenosaunee communities are drawing from oral tradition and cultural values to design stewardship policies and projects. Her dissertation explores the transmission of Haudenosaunee environmental knowledge and ethics through media, teachings and workshops, family / social networks, and community projects at Six Nations of the Grand River; as articulated by Haudenosaunee leaders over time; as part of the political ecology of a development and restoration project in the Red Hill Valley, Ontario; and through interviews with Onkwehonwe ((“Real people” / or Six Nations people) about their environmental concerns and consciousness. Her research is associated with the Deyohahá:ge: Indigenous Knowledge Centre at the Six Nations Polytechnic, and with INSTEAD (Indigenous Stewardship and Alternative Development), an international research team of academics and representatives from Indigenous community organizations. Jessica has an MSc in Ethnobotany from the University of Kent at Canterbury. She has previously carried out environmental anthropology, ethnobiology, and plant ecology research in Ireland, the Cree Nation of Wemindji (Eeyou Istchee), Québec, and Ghana. Prior to beginning her PhD, she worked at the Harvard University Herbaria, where she organized and promoted their Economic Botany Collections.
Asia: Yasuaki Sato
Yasuaki Sato is an anthropologist and ethnobotanist involved with research on livelihood in East Africa, especially Uganda. The title of his doctoral thesis submitted to Kyoto University in 2009 is “Studies on the Formation of Life-world of African Cultivators: Ethnoscience of Banana among the Baganda, Central Uganda.” He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Human Life & Environment at Osaka Sangyo University, Japan. As a member of Banana Researchers Network of Japan (BRNJ), his interest focuses on a comparative study of banana farming cultures in the world. He is also a committee member (2011-2013) of Fieldnet project at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, which is established in a bid to facilitate network activities of fieldworkers over disciplines.
Europe: Bernard Moizo
Bernard Moizo is a Social Anthropologist and Research Director at IRD in France. For over 20 years he has endeavored to understand the complex relationships between indigenous groups, territories and identities. His current research questions include: rural tourism in Morocco and Mediterranean area with a focus on local communities and local products, the feasibility and potential for development of ecotourism sectors co-managed by local communities in Laos in response to the increasing impoverishment; local knowledge (acquisition and transmission) in the context of the relocation policy of ethnic mountain in Laos; Broadening the approach to ASEAN and GMS regional context; Analysis of the relationship between international discourse, national and local practices in forest in Mekong countries; and Writing a book on the Aborigines of Australia and a work of synthesis. Bernard was part of the 2012 ISE Organizing Committee and in addition to his duties as the ISE European Representative, he is the appointed 2014 ISE Congress Liaison on the ISE Board.
Oceania and Pacific Islands: Bob Gosford
For more than twenty years Bob Gosford has been fascinated by the relationships between Australian Aboriginal people and the more than 780 species of birds found on the Australian continent. He is currently working on a book examining Australian Aboriginal bird knowledge. He has been an ISE member since 2006 and is a regular contributor to – and organiser of – ethnoornithology symposia and conference sessions.
Global Coalition Director: Alejandro Argumedo
Alejandro Argumedo is a Quechuan agronomist from Peru actively working for the recognition of Indigenous peoples’ rights. He is the Director of the Quechua-Aymara Association for Sustainable Livelihoods (ANDES) based in Cusco, Peru, an action-research and advocacy indigenous organization focusing on territorial approaches to sustainable development. He is also the founder of the Indigenous Peoples Biodiversity Network, a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas, and current coordinator of the Indigenous Peoples’ Biocultural Assessment on Climate Change (IPCCA).
Global Coalition Co-Director: Krystyna Swiderska
Krystyna Swiderska is a senior researcher in the Agroecology and Food Sovereignty Team at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). She works primarily on the protection of indigenous peoples’ knowledge, genetic resources, biocultural heritage and traditional resource rights. She coordinates multi-country action-research processes with indigenous communities, working with local research and indigenous partners, and links the findings to international policy processes, including the CBD, FAO, WIPO and UNFCCC. From 2004-2009, Krystyna coordinated a project on “Protecting community rights over traditional knowledge: Implications of customary laws and practices” involving indigenous communities in Peru, Panama, China, India and Kenya. This project, co-coordinated with Asociacion ANDES Peru, developed the concept of collective biocultural heritage and tools for its protection (see www.bioculturalheritage.org). Krystyna is now working with ANDES and partners in China, India and Kenya on a 5-year programme of action research with indigenous communities, called “Smallholder Innovation for Resilience”, which seeks to strengthen indigenous knowledge, crops, practices and biocultural systems for adaptation to climate change, and develop tools for this purpose (eg. biocultural protocols, registers and Participatory Plant Breeding) .
Darrell Posey Fellowship Program Chair: Mary Stockdale
Mary Stockdale is an adjunct professor in the Department of Community, Culture and Global Studies at University of British Columbia, Okanagan branch (UBCO), where she teaches courses and engages in research related to community resilience, sustainability and natural resource management. Internationally, she has spent the past 20 years working in Southeast Asia (mainly Indonesia and the Philippines) on community-based forest management, particularly on issues related to non-timber forest products (NTFP) management. Most of her work in the past 10 years has been done in collaboration with the NTFP-Exchange Programme for South and Southeast Asia, a regional network of community organizations (mostly indigenous), local NGOS, and others, with a mission of promoting sustainable forest management and sustainable livelihoods for forest-dwelling communities. She is also an activist in her own community, working on resilience and sustainability initiatives. While based at the University of Oxford, Mary was a friend of Darrell Posey’s, and is pleased to carry on his legacy by acting as Co-Chair of the Darrell Posey Fellowship Selection Committee.
Darrell Posey Fellowship Program Co-Chair: Miguel Alexiades
Miguel Alexiades (France, Colombia) is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Anthropology and Ethnobotany at the School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent (UK), and Co-director of People and Plants International, where he directs the Cultural Landscapes and Resource Rights Program (http://www.peopleandplants.
ISE Ethics Committee Chair: Kelly Bannister
Kelly Bannister is Director of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and an adjunct professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria (Victoria, B.C., Canada). She has B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Microbiology/Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Ethnobotany/Medicinal Plant Chemistry. She is actively involved in both ethnobotanical field research and policy analysis, and mainly works with First Nations and treaty groups in British Columbia. Her current focus is on ethical and legal issues in research involving biodiversity, Indigenous knowledge and cultural heritage, and the potential of moral tools and local governance mechanisms (e.g., codes of ethics, community research protocols) to address power relations and facilitate equitable research practices. She is involved as a Canadian expert on developing Access and Benefit Sharing policy and legislation under the Convention of Biological Diversity. She is also involved in institutional policy development in support of collaborative research between universities, Aboriginal communities, and community non-profit organizations.
ISE Ethics Committee C0-Chair: Gleb Raygorodetsky
Born and raised in a coastal village in Kamchatka, Russia, Gleb is a conservation biologist with expertise in resource co-management and traditional knowledge systems. His work has taken him from the Brazilian Amazon to the Canadian Beaufort Sea, to the Russian Altai Mountains. He has lived and worked with the Evèn reindeer herders, the Aleut fur seal hunters, the Caboclos pirarucu fishermen, and the Gwich’in caribou hunters. For his Ph.D. (Columbia University, 2006), he looked at the resilience of social-ecological systems after the collapse of the Soviet-Union in the Russian Far East, by researching furbearer use and conservation in Kamchatka. Between 2006-2010 he led the development of a new global grant-making strategy for the Christensen Foundation on biocultural issues and since then has continued to work in the field of biocultural diversity with a focus on participatory conservation, climate change adaptation and communication. He currently consults and collaborates with multilateral organizations such as the UNDP, UNESCO and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He has written and contributed to books, scientific and popular articles on indigenous issues and conservation in both English and Russian.
Student Representative: Olivia Sylvester
Olivia Sylvester is a Ph.D. candidate at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba. She is conducting research on plant harvesting in the Bribri Indigenous Territory, Costa Rica. Specifically, she is interested in how different generations learn about forest plants. She also enjoys experimenting with methods to engage younger generations in ethnobiological research. Olivia holds youth leadership roles in two groups within the International Union for the Conservation of Nature including: the Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy and the Sustainable Use Specialist Group. She writes about plant harvesting on her blog.
Student Representative: Anna varga
Anna Varga is from Hungary. She is a Ph.D candidate at Department of Botany at the University of Pécs. She is interested in biocultural diversity of agroforestry-systems, especially on silvopastoral systems in the Carpathian-basin (Hungary, Romania). A very important part of her life is teaching and community-building for young and adult people. She is the leader of Hungarian Association for Land and People NGO (Táj és Ember NKTKE). Anna was one of the organizers of the II. ISE Eastern-European Ethnobiologist Workshop in Hungary in 2011.
2014 ISE Congress Organizer: Sangay Wangchuk
Sangay Wangchuk works for Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment, a government based research and training institute in Bhutan. Currently, he is the Head of the Sustainable Forestry Department and Program Director of Madanjeet Singh Centre for South Asia Forestry Studies of the Institute. In addition to teaching forest ecology, field botany, and forest management, Sangay conducts research on ethnoecology and is currently studying the contribution of Cordyceps to the livelihood of alpine communities of Bhutan and impact of Cordyceps collectors on the ‘pristine’ alpine ecosystem. He also has deep passion for understanding the historical climatic pattern and how it changes through the use of dendro-climatology techniques. Sangay is the chair of the Organizing Committee for the 14th International Congress of Ethnobiology that will take place in June 2014 in Bumthang, Bhutan.
2012 ISE Congress Organizer: Edmond Dounias
Edmond Dounias works for IRD (French public Research Institute for Development). His research activities focus on the biocultural interactions between forest dwellers and tropical forests in a context of drastic change, with a particular interest in hunting and gathering nomadic societies (Africa, South-East Asia). He has a significant experience in anthropology of food, including quantitative food consumption surveys and biomedical monitoring. He also explores the resilience of micro-level socio-ecological systems, the environmental vulnerability and local adaptive strategies of forest dwellers in response to external drivers of change, including climate change. Edmond was the chair of the Organizing Committee for the 13th International Congress of Ethnobiology that was held in May 2012 in Montpellier, France.