Paul Berne Burow

PhD Candidate in Anthropology / Forestry & Environmental Science

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New Haven, CT

Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. Yale University 2023 (Expected)
M.Phil. Yale University
M.E.Sc. Yale University
B.A. University of California, Davis



I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the combined doctoral degree program between the School of the Environment and Department of Anthropology at Yale University. My work examines the cultural dynamics of environmental change in North America. I study how Indigenous and rural communities are impacted by changing ecosystems tied to land-use practices, climate change, and settler colonialism.

My dissertation, The Ecology of Belonging: Cultural Dynamics of Environmental Change in the North American West, examines how Indigenous and rural communities with strong cultural ties to landscapes and land-based practices are impacted by socioecological change in the western United States. It investigates changing configurations of plants and animals on landscapes as they intersect with the cultural practices of Indigenous peoples and livestock ranchers on public lands by attending to experiences of social belonging and sense of place among rural communities. It also evaluates the role of environmental governance in managing novel ecosystems, cultural resources, and the restoration of native species. This project offers insight into the implications of land management and public lands policy for rural communities facing rapid socioecological change in the rural US West. It links material changes on the landscape to historical land management practices and shifting experiences of place that are affecting the land-based practices and cultural attachments that communities maintain with rural lands.

My work informs cutting-edge public lands policy and practice for diverse rural communities with strong cultural ties to landscapes across North America. My research methods draw from anthropology and the human environmental sciences, using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative approaches including: ethnography, household/social surveys, historical archives, social-ecological field surveys, and spatial analysis.

Find a complete list of publications here:

My research is funded through Yale University and external grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wenner-Gren Foundation, National Science Foundation, and University of California.

Keywords: conservation, culture and politics, environmental governance, environmental justice, ethnoecology, forestry and forest ecology, indigeneity, multispecies ethnography, political economy, ranching, settler colonialism.

Geographies: North America, United States, Native America, Rural America, American West, California, Nevada.

See *new* work on the long-term impacts of land dispossession and forced migration on Indigenous peoples in North America: