Dr. David Casagrande

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Associate Professor of Anthropology


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STEPS Building, Room 436
Lehigh University
1 West Packer Ave.
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Tel: (610) 758-2672

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Stabler Award for Excellence in Teaching

Awarded in 2017 for outstanding teaching at Lehigh University.

Robert C. and Virginia L. Williamson Award for Social Research

Awarded in 2015 in recognition for exemplary research in the social sciences.

Honorary Membership: Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society

Awarded in recognition for outstanding teaching of first-year students at Western Illinois University.

University of Georgia Graduate School Dissertation Completion Assistantship

Awarded on a competitive basis to students who show promise for rapid completion of their dissertation.

Honorary Membership, Land Trust of West Haven, CT

Awarded in recognition of research and activism in the West River Watershed and neighborhoods along the West Haven and New Haven town lines. Our project blended the natural and social sciences with community leadership to help improve the environments of residents.

University of Georgia Graduate School Assistantship

This assistantship allowed me to work with world-renowned ethnobotanist Brent Berlin to analyze data and develop new research. This included preparation of two major succesful grant applications to the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation.

Connecticut Sea Grant College Program Fellowship

This was a competitive grant that allowed me to lead an interdisciplinary team of researchers studying the biological and social effects of potential ecological restoration along the Connecticut shoreline.

James L. Goodwin Memorial Scholarship, Connecticut Forest and Parks Association

This scholarship was crucial for helping me to pay tuition to study for a masters degree at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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Current Positions

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Lehigh University

Research Coordinator, Environmental Initiative, Lehigh University

Production Editor, Journal of Ecological Anthropology

Topic Editor, Encyclopedia of Earth

Associate Editor, Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine


Ph.D., University of Georgia, Ecological Anthropology

Master of Forest Science, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

B.S., Geography, Southern Connecticut State University


ENGLISH - primary, SPANISH - secondary, TZELTAL (Maya) - intermediate, GERMAN - basic

"Scientists believe in proof without certainty: most people believe in certainty without proof."

Ashley Montagu