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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I combine anthropological theory and methods with my experience working as a policy analyst to identify solutions to environmental problems. In particular, I analyze how environmental information is distributed in human ecosystems and how this affects our ability to adapt and change. I rely heavily on experimental methods and projects designed in interdisciplinary teams with colleagues from diverse backgrounds. My academic appointment at Lehigh is split between the university's Environmental Initiative and Department of Sociology & Anthropology.

Current research projects

Past research projects

What is Information Ecology?

What is Ethnoecology?

How my research is funded
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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