President Secretary Regional Representatives Fellowship Program Student Representatives
Vice President/President-elect Treasurer Global Coalition Ethics Program Congress Organizers

President: John Richard Stepp

Rick Stepp is a professor at the University of Florida where he teaches in the Department of Anthropology and Tropical Conservation and Development program. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy and was in residence at the University of Hawai’i as the Wilder Professor of Botany. He has conducted biocultural conservation research over the last two decades throughout the tropics, especially in the Maya Forest and in the Greater Mekong Region of Southeast Asia. His research explores persistence, change and variation of traditional ecological knowledge and ethnobiology. Much of this work has focused on wild food plants and medicinal plants. His work has also focused on patterns and causes in the distribution of biological and cultural diversity (biocultural diversity) on both regional and global scales. He participates on a number of editorial boards for scientific journals in ethnobiology. He serves as the Ethnobiology series co-editor for Springer Nature. He has been involved with the ISE for many years and served as program chair for the  7th International Congress of Ethnobiology. He co-edited the volume Ethnobiology and Biocultural Diversity that emerged from this congress.

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Secretary: Tamara Ticktin

Tamara Ticktin is a Professor of Botany at the University of Hawaiʿi at Mānoa. She has been working in the fields of Ethnobiology and Conservation Biology for the past 20 years, integrating ethnobiological and ecological approaches to biocultural conservation and restoration.
She has had the privilege of mentoring and learning from many graduate students over the years, from Hawaiʿi and from across the globe, and was recently awarded the Peter J Garrod Distinguished
Graduate Mentoring Award. Tamara is a co-director of the Biocultural
Initiative of the Pacific and serves as an editor for the journals Economic
Botany, and Conservation Biology.

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Treasurer: Alain Cuerrier

Researcher at the Montreal Botanical Garden and writer, Dr. Alain Cuerrier earned his Ph.D. in plant systematics (University of Montreal with one year at Harvard University) before switching to ethnobotany in 2001. He participated in the creation of the First Nations Garden in Montreal as well as in Laquenexy (France). Since then, he has started ethnobotanical and ethno-ecological projects with the Inuit, Innu, Naskapi, Cree, Squamish people of Canada as well as Palikur (French Guiana) and Cabécar (Costa Rica). As a member of the Canadian Institute Health Research Team in Aboriginal Antidiabetic Medicines, he has been active in traditional medicine since 2003. Alain Cuerrier is a member of the Plant Biology Research Institute, an adjunct professor at the University of Montreal, a member of ArcticNet, and the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science. He has been vice-president of the Natural Health Product Research Society of Canada from 2010-2013 and was president of the International Society of Ethnobiology (2014-2016). Dr. Alain Cuerrier has published more than 11 books on plant uses by First Nations and Inuit of Canada as well as on the philosophy of biology.

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Regional Representatives:

Africa: Kendi Borona

Dr. Borona was born and brought up near a forest in the Kenyan highlands. It was because of the waters flowing from this forest that she did not have to walk for long distances to fetch water – a task expected of girls in her community. This forest and its critical watersheds were and are protected by elders through the application of Indigenous Knowledge Systems, providing water for community needs downstream. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Forestry. She is a firm believer in the application of Indigenous Knowledge in the furtherance of just conservation regimes and sustainable community livelihoods. Over the course of her career, she has worked towards the integration of natural and cultural heritage into a concrete whole, and to locate communities firmly in their landscapes. Her teaching philosophy is anchored on the belief that education should be transformational, and that it should help us create a just society for all beings.

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Central and South Americas and the Caribbean: Nemer E. Narchi

Nemer E. Narchi is an Assistant Research Professor in the Center for Human Geography Research at El Colegio de Michoacán, A.C. He is  an anthropologist who has been working in marine ethnobiology and biocultural conservation for 18 years. Nemer has been a member of various Boards of Directors for academic organizations and is now the Chair and co-founder of the CoLaboratories of Social Oceanography.  He is also head of the Marine Biocultural Heritage Research Group, part of the Mexican Network for Biocultural Heritage (Red Temática sobre Patrimonio Biocultural, CONACyT). His research topics revolve around marine ethnobiology and conservation, with particular emphasis on environmental violence, food systems and environmental justice. Lastly, he is a participant editor for Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, Latin American Perspectives, and Relaciones Estudios de Historia y Sociedad.

Nemer has attended four International Congresses of Ethnobiology and is member of the ISE since 2010. He has previously served the board as Student Representative (2010-2012).

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North Americas: Janelle Marie Baker

Janelle Baker has been a member of the International Society of Ethnobiology since 2003, and has attended several congresses, most notably the 14th congress in Bhutan in 2014, as a Darrell Posey Doctoral Fellow and attendee of the student pre-congress workshop. During that time, she was also the Society of Ethnobiology Promotion and Outreach Coordinator: Student Engagement (2013-2016).

Janelle is an assistant professor in anthropology at Athabasca University and her research is on sakâwiyiniwak (Northern Bush Cree) experiences with wild food contamination in Canada’s oil sands region. This work is inspired from doing applied research as a traditional land use consultant for First Nations in the region since 2006. She continues to be involved in community-based environmental monitoring (berries and wetland plants) projects with Aboriginal communities whose territories are affected by oil sands extraction. She is also working on new research that celebrates traditional foods and boreal forest identities.

In 2016, Janelle was a visiting Ph.D. scholar on Professor Anna Tsing’s Niels Bohr Professorship project at Aarhus University in Denmark called “Research on the Anthropocene: Discovering the Potential of Unintentional Design on Anthropogenic Landscapes”. She was selected to attend the Global Environments Summer Academy in Bern, Switzerland in 2015 and is a past Warren Fellow at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, a Vanier Scholar, the 2013-2014 Canadian Federation for University Women CHEA Fellow, a Canadian Northern Studies Trust Scholarship recipient, and a Sir James Lougheed Award of Distinction recipient.

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Asia: Binsheng Luo