+353-1-416-8900REST OF WORLD
+44-20-3973-8888REST OF WORLD
1-917-300-0470EAST COAST U.S
1-800-526-8630U.S. (TOLL FREE)

Historical Ethnobiology

  • Book

  • November 2020
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 4844314
Historical Ethnobiology presents a unique approach to analyzing human-nature interactions, using theoretical and methodological aspects to examine historical scientific knowledge. This book disseminates the notion that past local narratives of biodiversity influence the determination of both historical and modern scientific decisions.

Beginning with a brief history of ethnobiology's development, this book delves into conceptual models, historical knowledge areas, and the theoretical matrix of ethnobiology. This book also focuses on the importance of memory including topics of memory production by human in different epochs and how individual memory records contribute to social history and the understanding of the past effects of human interaction with nature. Looking ahead, it discusses the importance of records such as these for determining future mankind's relationships with nature to preserve biodiversity and ensure conservation.

Historical Ethnobiology is the first book to focus on past human-nature interactions and their interpretations in today's scientific culture. This book is an excellent resource for students and researchers in biology, ethnobiology, and anthropology.

Please Note: This is an On Demand product, delivery may take up to 11 working days after payment has been received.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Defining Historical Ethnobiology
  3. Documents that Reveal the Interactions Between People and Nature
  4. Conceptual Model of Historical Ethnobiology
  5. Methodological Aspects for Researching Historical Ethnobiology
  6. General reflections on Ethnobiology and Education
  7. Thinking about the concepts of the types of knowledge and human communities
  8. Teaching Historical Ethnobiology
  9. Final Considerations
  10. Suggested Bibliography


Maria Franco Trindade Medeiros Professor, Department of Botany, National Museum/Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dr. Maria Franco Trindade Medeiros received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in biological sciences from the Museu Nacional da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She completed her postdoctoral studies in botany and ecology at the Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Brazil. Her primary research focuses on historical ethnobiology with other research interests including discussions on interdisciplinary research between ethnobotany, ethnozoology, and history. She participates academically as a speaker, course leader, and research group coordinator and has published four books and contributed to numerous book chapters and journal publications.