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Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant Report

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Biological and Physical Anthropology


Support from the Faculty Student Collaborative Research fund enabled me to make substantial headway in summer 2014 on two main lines of research in Peru. I was able to work closely for the first several weeks with senior Katelyn Henson on her collaborative research with me and several colleagues working on an ongoing ethnobotanical/medical anthropology project in north coastal Peru. She and I just completed work on the new project website,, about a month ago. This support came at a crucial point in the development of a larger longitudinal, multi-institutional, multi-sited, multidisciplinary applied ethnobotany project in the central Andes with which I and Linfield students have been involved since 2009. I spent about half my time in Peru this summer with colleague Brad Stoner (MD, PhD) of Washington University, a medical anthropologist who is reengaging his earlier work in the Andes via this ethnobotanical project. We spent the bulk of our time in Trujillo, working alongside Dr. Sharon, Katelyn and other students, understanding developments in and around the complementary medicine clinic of Es Salud, as well as in Huamachuco. While both the ethnomedical and renewable energy projects engage my theoretical interests in human ecology and my long fieldwork engagement with Andean peoples and cultures, and both (especially the former, for now) provide ongoing opportunities for collaborative research with Linfield students, the emerging project focused on solar energy production and consumption in Arequipa has me especially interested. There is wonderful ethnographic work ahead on how these two systems are being developed, portrayed, and understood – all in the context of Peru’s complex socio-political history about which I have written and investigated for several decades.


This research was conducted as part of a Linfield College Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant in 2014, funded by the Office of Academic Affairs.

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