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 (with Ingvar Svanberg):

  • 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