The Great Dust Bowl & Anticipating Uncertainty (lesson plan)

Objectives Explore a historic example of US agro-ecological system collapse. Consider appropriate prevention measures to protect from similar future events. Required Readings McLeman, R. A., Dupre, J., Ford, L. B., Ford, J., Gajewski, K., & Marchildon, G. (2014). What we learned from the Dust Bowl: lessons in science, policy, and adaptation. Population and Environment, 35(4), 417-440. History Brief: … Continue reading The Great Dust Bowl & Anticipating Uncertainty (lesson plan)

Past, Present, & Future Food (lesson plan)

I've been debating posting my lesson plans for class here. However, I know that I frequently search the internet for materials to modify for my classroom. This is an experiment; both posting it here and my lecture videos. Depending on reactions, here is the first post. This topic comes from my anthropology course, Changing Climate, … Continue reading Past, Present, & Future Food (lesson plan)

Teaching anthropology with VR and Interactive Media

One of the frustrating things I experience in teaching ecological and environmental anthropology is demonstrating how amazingly cool and interconnected our world is while sitting inside a classroom. People and researchers living and working in places, talking about and showing their experience of the human-environment relationship, are way more interesting than dry slides or discussions. … Continue reading Teaching anthropology with VR and Interactive Media

Animals as Medicine Pt. 1

I've been working on a project for over a year now investigating the belief use of vultures and vulture parts in various sub-Saharan African cultures. One area of this belief use is for medicine - curing physical and mental illnesses. When I talk about my work, I often get an initial look of disbelief and … Continue reading Animals as Medicine Pt. 1