Coordinator & Associate Professor, Anthropology

Office: 541-737-3793

Waldo Hall

Waldo Hall 218

2250 SW Jefferson Way

2250 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Ph.D. Rutgers University - Anthropology
MA. Rutgers University - Anthropology
BA. Kenyon College - Anthropology & English Literature
Cultural, Environmental, Ecological Anthropology
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I am an anthropologist who studies the intersections of culture, environment, ecology, evolution, economics, and politics. Using qualitative and quantitative methods, I explore the social and ecological dynamics of people and their environments in a variety of contexts, from subsistence economies, social networks, and institutions to conservation, environmental governance, sustainability, and climate change.

My goals are to:

· generate insights on the emergence of cultural practices, values, institutions, and knowledge that help people adapt to social and environmental change

· apply these insights in ways that support environmentally sustainable and socially just connections between people and nature

My work is grounded in long-term ethnographic research with Indigenous communities in the Arctic and extends to collaborations with researchers working in other parts of the world.

Prior to joining OSU, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Maryland Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and the University of Washington Department of Anthropology.


  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Ecological Anthropology
  • Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Cooperation
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Sustainability
  • Institutions & Commons
  • Conservation & Development
  • Climate Change
  • Political Ecology
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Salmon
  • Reindeer
  • Arctic (Siberia, Alaska)
  • Russia

For more information, please visit my website, browse my publications on Google Scholar and ResearchGate, or follow me on Twitter @DrewGerkey


Please visit the OSU Schedule of Classes for information about the courses I am currently teaching.


  • Ecological Anthropology (ANTH 477)
  • Social Networks & Society (ANTH 372)
  • Arctic Perspectives on Global Problems (ANTH 447)


  • Statistical Applications in Anthropology (ANTH 593)
  • Uses of Anthropology (ANTH 583)
  • Ecological Anthropology (ANTH 577)
  • Social Network Analysis: Methods & Theory (ANTH 556)



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Policy Area: Environmental Policy

PhD: Rutgers University


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