Central Asia & Siberia

In Central Asia, the Gansu corridor bordering the Gobi desert and the Taklamakan desert provide much material for research both today and in historical times.

Siberian history is seen from a different perspective through the eyes of eighteenth-century travellers, who documented peoples, local knowledge and much more.

Ethnobiology studies the relationship between humans and their surrounding environment.


  • Chuvash. Encyclopedia of the World’s Minorities 2005.
  • Salt of life, salt of death. Salination of deserts in Central Asia and China. Tuz kitabı 2004
  • The Central Asian-Chinese ethnic melting pot: the case of the Gansu Corridor. Post-Soviet Central Asia 1998

Central Asian and Siberian ethnobiology (with Ingvar Svanberg):

  • Glimpses of Loptuq Folk Botany: Phytonyms and Plant Knowledge in Sven Hedin’s Herbarium Notes from the Lower Tarim River Area as a Source for Ethnobiological Research (with Ingvar Svanberg and Patrick Hällzon). Studia Orientalia Electronica 2019 (free access)
  • When is a foraging society? The Loplyk in the Tarim Basin. Hunter-gatherers in a changing world 2017
  • Wildmen in Central Asia. Anthropos 2017
  • Among fishermen and horse nomads: Johan Peter Falck in Russia and Siberia 1768–1774. Pioneers in European Ethnobiology 2014 (free access)
  • Wild animals in Russian, Siberian and Central Asian households according to eighteenth-century travel reports. Journal de la Société Finno-Ougrienne 2012
  • Gathering dog’s tooth (Erythronium sibiricum) in Siberia. Journal de la Société Finno-Ougrienne 2012
  • Gathering food from rodent nests in Siberia. Journal of Ethnobiology 2010
  • Loplyk fishermen: Ecological adaptation in the Taklamakan Desert. Anthropos 2010
  • Sarana in Eurasian Folk Botany. Journal de la Société Finno-Ougrienne 2006 (free access)


  • Gansu. Das grosse China-Lexikon 2003
  • Der Gansu-Korridor: Barbarenland diesseits und jenseits der Grossen Chinesischen Mauer: zum Nord-Süd-Dialog eines zentralasiatischen Gebietes 1996
  • Die mongolischen Schriften. Hieroglyphen Alphabete Schriftreformen 2004 (with D. Borchers)