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Environmental Anthropology Research

As an environmental anthropologist, I am interested in understanding the diverse ways that humans and their environments influence one another. Exploring the human-environment interface through my research has taken me around the world — to Alaska, highlands Papua New Guinea, East and West Africa, and the Western US. Broadly, my work examines the intersection of development, the environment, and sustainable livelihoods. More specifically, my research focuses on resource development, climate change, local ecological knowledge and resource management, and the political ecology of land use and land cover change. My most recent research foci examine both sustainability and the limits to resilience in social-ecological systems.

Read my book:

Alchemy in the Rain Forest: Politics, Ecology, and Resilience in a New Guinea Mining Area (Duke U Press, 2015)

Contact Information

Dr. Jerry K. Jacka, Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology
University of Colorado at Boulder
1350 Pleasant Street, 233 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0233 USA

phone: +1.303.492.7198
jerry.jacka at colorado.edu