Associate Professor

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

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I am an ecological anthropologist.  My research focuses on the emergence and stability of cooperation and collective action.  I have conducted research primarily with communities of salmon fishers and reindeer herders on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Northeast Siberia.  Recently, I initiated several research projects across the Pacific in Alaska.

My research combines qualitative and quantitative ethnographic methods to examine subsistence activities, market expansion, natural resource use, social networks, institutions, social movements, and sustainability.

Prior to joining Oregon State, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland's National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and the University of Washington Department of Anthropology.


  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Ecological Anthropology
  • Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Cooperation
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Sustainability
  • Institutions & Commons
  • Social Movements
  • Conservation & Development
  • 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



  • 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)