2007: Co-PI (with Arun Agrawal, PI, and John Vandermeer, Tom Lyon, Rick Riolo, Kathleen Bergen) on NSF
I have done recent work on/in three locations on the African continent:
Different as they are, all are sites with intense interfaces between wildlife, humans, and sophisticated industries such as tourism, hydroponic farming, logging, and mining. All are characterized by what Melissa Remis and I have termed "transvaluation" of animal species and indeed land, or even cultural identities. What we mean by this is that various kinds of actors in different zones value living things differently, and these competing values play into supply chains, conservation policies, and attempts at political empowerment.
My research engagement with transnational efforts at wildlife conservation, communication, and alliance building include the following:
Grants and Fellowships
Corporate social forms and environmental environmental change
2007: Co-PI on Grants (with Damani Partridge and Marina Welker) for a collaborative international symposium
on “Corporate Lives: New Perspectives on the Corporate Social Form.” Wenner Gren Foundation
for Anthropological Research, and School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Coupled Human Natural Systems grant for seven years total funding on the impact of logging
concessions on forest cover in the Congo basin, as this relates to the growth and presence of NGOs,
international donors, and transnational corporations.
2005: Research on Concessionary Politics in Southern Africa and Coordination of Corporate Lives
Panel at the American Ethnological Society Meetings. Center for International Business Education.
Supported by $5000 grant from the University of Michigan.
2002: Fellowship for one year research and writing on Concessionary Politics in South Africa;
supported by Social Science and Humanities Council, Canada, and McGill University (declined).
2000: Fellowship for postdoctoral research and teaching on environment. Ford Foundation
"Crossing Borders" Initiative, Yale Center for International and Area Studies.
Emergent viral disease an human/wildlife interactions
2013 (PENDING): Co-PI with Johannes Foufopoulos and Joseph Eisenberg (UM School of Public Health) grant
proposal to the National Science Foundation EID Program “Effects of Land Management on Q
Fever Transmission Across Domesticated Animals, Wildlife and Humans in Laikipia, Kenya.”
2012: Co-PI on funded MCubed innovation award of $60,000 with Johannes Foufopoulos and Joseph Eisenberg
(Public Health) for collaborative, cross disciplinary research on Q Fever in Kenyan drylands
2011: Co-PI with Johannes Foufopoulos, seed grants totaling of $40,000 from Graham Institute,
African Studies, School of Environment and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in
Africa initiative toward collaborative funds for Sustainability for research on the emergence of Q
Fever among pastoralists and rural populations in Laikipia region, Kenya.
2005 and 2001: Fellowship for two years of research on emergent disease and environmental
change under the auspices of the Academy Fellows Program; Academy Scholars Program,
Weatherhead Center, Harvard University.
2003: PI and Chair for an authors meeting toward an edited volume on emergent viral disease in
tropical forests at Harvard University. Supported by $30,000 grant from Harvard Academy Scholars
Program, and grants totaling 24,000 USD from U.S. Department of Interior (Fish and Wildlife
Service, Great Ape Fund--declined in favor of Harvard funding)
2002: PI and Chair of an international working group on emergent viral disease in tropical forests.
Supported by $20,000 grant from the International Society for Ecosystem Health, Center for
Applied Biodiversity Science, Conservation International.
1999: One month field research in Central African Republic on emergent viral disease and
concessionary politics. Supported by $3000 grant from Centre National pour la Recherche
Scientifique (CNRS), Museum National d'Histoire Naturel, Paris.
1998: Fellowship for one year of research (approximately $15,000 USD) at the University of
Orléans/IRD Laboratoire ERMES; Conseil Regional de la Region du Centre, France.
1995: Archival research (CAOM, Aix en Provence, France and; Bundesarchiv, Berlin). Supported
by $7000 grant Yale International and Area Studies doctoral assistance.
SUMMER 1993 and 1994: Preliminary archival and field research in France and Central Africa on
logging, hunting, tourism and forest management. Williams Fund, Mellon Fund, and Program in
Agrarian Studies at Yale University.
Integration of humanities, social science, and natural science
2007: Work and work sessions with Interlock Media in Ann Arbor and Cambridge Massachusetts on
a documentary film on Expeditionary Science, Evolutionary Paradigms, and the Colonial Origins of
Environmental Conservation: Critical Debates about Race, Culture, Power. Supported by $25,000
grant from Office of the Vice Provost for Research, University of Michigan, Harvard University’s
Academy for International and Area Studies and Currier House, Brown University’s Department of
Anthropology and the New York Botanical Gardens, and the American Museum of Natural History.
2005.: $8,000 grant to develop materials for environmental anthropology curriculum; Center for
Research on Learning and Teaching Grant, University of Michigan.
2000: Chair of a working group and working days on the theme "Environment, Literature, and
Public Policy." Funded by $10,000 grant from Whitney Humanities Center, Council on African
Studies, Yale Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University.
1999: Fellowship for one semester study at University of California Humanities Research Institute,
University of California, Irvine (declined).
Capacity Building and Collaboration in African Environmental Issues
2011: PI on grant from University of Michigan STEM-Africa initiative for Collaborative Research
and Learning in East Africa
1999: PI on grant from Biodiversity Support Program (BSP) $15,000 for production of bilingual
version of the Sangha River Network 1997 conference proceedings.
1999: $55,000 grant from United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and
BSP/Central Africa Regional Program on Environment (CARPE) to produce bilingual website.
1998: Grants totaling $38,200 from Ford Foundation Crossing Borders Initiative, Yale University
Center for International and Area Studies, and USAID BSP/CARPE for operating budget and
international meetings on the role of independent research in environmental management of the
western Congo basin, in Orleans, France.
1997: Co-recipient (with S. Rupp and H. Eves) of grants totaling $50,000 from Kempf Memorial
Fund at Yale; BSP/CARPE grant; Yale University for a conference on the histories, institutions, and
knowledge forms shaping resource use in the Sangha River basin of Equatorial Africa.
1996: PI (with co-PI M. Remis) of grants totaling $12,000 for the regional work sessions for
indigenous experts and researchers Central African Republic. Agrarian Studies at Yale; World Wide
Fund for Nature, U.S. and BSP/CARPE special grant.
Funds for students chaired or co-chaired
Dr. Guntra Aistara (Latvia) 2009, awarded competitive Rackam Writing Award (2008)
and Central European University Environmental Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010). Has taught
in recent years both at the UN Peace University in Costa Rica, and at the Central European University
in Budapest, where she currently holds a tenure track appointment. Guntra will be an Agrarian Studies Fellow
at Yale University in September, 2014 for the academic year.
Dr. Daphne Ghallagher (USA), awarded alternate status, Yale University Agrarian
Studies Fellowship. Has recently transitioned from postdoctoral work to teaching and
conducting research at University of Oregon in Eugene.
Dr. Menan Jangu (Tanzania--First Generation Graduate School) 2010, awarded prestigious Campus-Wide
Award for Teaching Excellence, and Yossi Schiff award for Research Costs. 2011, awarded prestigious
campus wide Rackham Writing Award, thus declined offer at St. Cloud State to write in Ann Arbor,
and is currently revising his first book manuscript, and conducting fieldwork for a second project on
medical anthropology, mining, and rural communities in Tanzania.
Dr. Catherine Benson, 2012, awarded prestigious Sweetland Writing Institute grant for
Dissertation completion, summer 2011, as well as NSF Cultural Anthropology, Fulbright Hayes and
NOAA funds for fieldwork and postdoctoral research on integration across scales or levels of marine
conservation implementation in Papua New Guinea.
Doctoral Candidate Baruani Mshale (Tanzania-First Generation Grad School) awarded prestigious
Compton Foundation, Graham Center for Sustainability, Social Science Research Council,
NSF Geography, and Norwegian State Fellowships for Doctoral work on forest commons in Tanzania.
Doctoral Candidate Krista Gullo (USA-First Generation Grad School) Awarded Rackham writeup Fellowship;
Graham Doctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan for study of varying organizational responses to climate
change, including a detailed study of Ford Motor Company.
Doctoral Candidate Jennifer Johnson (USA-First Generation Grad School), and Wenner Gren
proposal to investigate Gender and Change in the fisheries of Lake Victoria’s Littoral; PI on $6,000
Rackham Research Award for faculty summer research (2011), and on an NSF doctoral dissertatio
improvement grant awarded in 2012. Jennifer has also been awarded funding from the Wenner
Gren Foundation for anthropological research.
Doctoral Candidate Jacqueline Doremus (USA-First Generation Grad School) Co-PI on $4,000
Rackham Research Award for faculty summer research and writing collaborative on conflict and
forest management (2008) and 2011. Fulbright grant for conducting fieldwork
in northern Congo Brazzaville.
Doctoral Candidate Ismael Achirri (Cameroon-First Generation Grad School) awarded five year
Rackham Merit Fellowship; currently PI on an NSF doctoral dissertation improvement grand for his
field research in the St. Lucia estuary and wetland in South Africa.