Sabirien

Ethnobiology

Ethnobiology studies the relationship between humans and their environment in history and present time. Symbols, local knowledge, ecology, folk taxonomy – how people define plants and animals – folk beliefs and attitudes, medicine, folklore, legends, myths and all kinds of relevant archaeological, historical, ethnographic and anthropological data are explored.

Articles written together with Ingvar Svanberg

  • Peasant Food Provision Strategies and Scientific Proposals for Famine Foods in Eighteenth-Century Sweden. Gastronomy 2024, 2: 18–37.
  • Little Owl in Sweden: An Iron Age gift, pet, or amulet? Svenska Linnésällskapets Årsskrift 2023, pp. 124-129.
  • Outdoor activities foster local plant knowledge in Karelia, NE Europe. Scientific Reports (2023) 13:8627. With G. Mattalia, N. Kuznetsova, B. Prūse, V. Kolosova, M. A. Aziz, R. Kalle, R. Sõukand (Open Access).
  • Traditional sports and games among the Sámi people in Northern Fennoscandia (Sápmi): an ethnobiological perspective. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, volume 18, Article number: 20 (2022), pp. 1-14. With Isak Lidström. (Open Access)
  • Historical and Contemporary Uses of Sea Buckthorn, Hippophae rhamnoides L., in the Nordic Countries. Journal of Northern Studies, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2021. pp. 34–46. (Open Access)
  • Thunberg’s Barbary Lion in Uppsala, Svenska Linnésällskapets Årsskrift 2021, pp. 182–184.
  • Wild European dewberry, Rubus caesius L. (fam. Rosaceae), in Sweden: from traditional regional consumption to exotic dessert at the Nobel Prize banquet. Journal of Ethnic Foods 2021. (Open Access)
  • A Parakeet in Uppsala around 1750. Svenska Linnésällskapets Årsskrift 2020.
  • Keeping birds as domestic pest control. Aviculture: a history 2018.
  • Killing wolves with lichens: wolf lichen, Letharia vulpina (L.) Hue, in Scandinavian folk biology. Svenska landsmål och svenskt folkliv 2017.
  • A Russian Polar Bear in Stockholm in the Seventeenth Century. SLÅ 2016.
  • Orangutans never made it to Uppsala: notes on Asian great apes in captivity. SLÅ 2015.
  • Catching basking ide, Leuciscus idus (L.), in the Baltic Sea: Fishing and local knowledge in the Finnish and Swedish archipelagos. Journal of Northern Studies 2011. (Open Access)

See also Central Asia & Siberia