Benedict J. Colombi
Faculty Director, Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs
Associate Professor, American Indian Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, School of Anthropology
Affiliate Associate Professor, School of Geography & Development
Affiliate Associate Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
(520) 979-8962
PhD, Anthropology, Washington State University, 2006

Benedict J. Colombi, Ph.D. is Faculty Director of the University of Arizona’s Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) and Associate Professor of American Indian Studies and Affiliate Associate Professor of the School of Anthropology, School of Geography and Development, and School of Natural Resources and Environment. He also holds a Faculty Appointment with the Institute of Environment, a center for disciplinary and interdisciplinary environmental and climate change research at the University of Arizona. He is the Past Program Chair of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), Anthropology & Environment section, Past Faculty Fellow with The Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, and is a Fellow with The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA). In 2014, he served as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar conducting ethnographic fieldwork with Indigenous communities along Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula.

His area of specialization lies at the interface of complex human-environmental problems (i.e. energy, water, agriculture, climate, fisheries, etc.). Recent publications include the book (Colombi and Brooks 2012), Keystone Nations: Indigenous Peoples and Salmon across the North Pacific (Advanced Seminar Series, School for Advanced Research Press) and a number of articles and chapters, including long-term and engaged research with the Nez Perce Tribe (Nimiipuu) about large dams, salmon, and the regional economy in the Columbia River basin. He also pursues interests in expanding his research to include Southwestern Indigenous people and watersheds (Colombi 2010; Colombi 2014; Pasqualetti et al. 2016); complimented with field studies of local-Indigenous resources/management in the United States, Canada, Russia (Thom, Colombi, Degai 2016), Iceland, Norway (Ween and Colombi 2013), Japan, and Mexico.

Research Themes: 
Agriculture
Aquaculture
Climate change impacts
Economic adaptation and climate change
Energy Economics
Fisheries management
Natural resource management
Political ecology
Adaptation
Agriculture
Anthropology
Arid lands
Climate change
Development
Ethnobiology
GIS
Geography
Global warming
Human dimensions
Impacts
Land use
Native nations
Natural resource management
Range management
Species adaptation
Water resources
Energy
Anthropology
Climate change impacts
Energy innovation
Energy-water nexus
Renewable energy
Solar energy systems
Environmental history
Agrarian societies
Agriculture
Anthropology
Cooperative extension
Food security
Geography
International development
Climate change impacts
Energy policy
Native nations
Natural resource management
Political ecology
Water resource management
Water rights
GIS
Geography
Mapping
Anthropology
Ethnobiology
GIS
Geography
Indigenous knowledge
Land use change
Natural resource management
Species adaptation
Wildlife biology
Water
Agriculture
Anthropology
Borderlands
Climate change impacts
Poverty
Water conflicts
Water law and policy
Water resource management
Water-energy nexus
Watershed management

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