In doing research over the last 15 years or so, I have switched hemispheres, cultures,
crops, and theoretical assumptions. However, the principal focus of my work has
remained largely the same. I study the ways in which people manage and use the
plant resources of the humid tropics. This interest is, of course, a very broad
one and in pursuing it I have studied many facets of people's lives. Thus, although
I am an ecological anthropologist and spend most of my time looking at how people
farm and manage forest products, I have also found it necessary to trace the histories
of tribal migrations, to study the demographic behavior of families, to make sense
of the complex networks through which forest products are marketed, to unravel
traditional land tenure laws, to collect the plants that people use as markers
of good farm land, and to elicit the knowledge and classification schemes through
which people make sense of their natural environments.
I have carried out my research largely in the forests and villages of
the island of Borneo and Amazonia, often as part of a team of natural and
social scientists. Recently my research has emphasized how changeable even
the most "traditional" patterns are, how complex the seemingly most simple
technologies turn out to be, and how important such research is to planning
for economic and social change in tropical areas. I am now writing a book
with geographer Harold C. Brookfield on Agrodiversity that will summarize
much of what I have studied over the last two decades. I will also continue
to carry out a project on the management of forests by tribal peoples in
the province of West Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) and the use of floodplains
by rural folk in Amazonia.
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- The Matthew Calbraith Perry Curator, Institute of Economic Botany.
Ph.D. Columbia University (1978).
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Anthropology, Institute
for Environmental Studies and Department of Anthropology, University
of Wisconsin-Madison (1978-1983);
Associate Scientist, Institute of Economic Botany, The New York Botanical
Garden (1983-1992); Scientist (1992- ).
Associate Editor, Human Ecology (1991- ).
Principal Scientific Advisor, Population, Land Management and Environmental
Change, a worldwide research project coordinated by the United Nations
University (1994- ).
Memberships in Advisory Panel, Assessment of Technologies for Sustaining
Tropical Forest Resources, Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress
(1982-1983); Directorate, U.S. Committee for Man and Biosphere Program,
Project 1: Tropical and Subtropical Forests (1980-1989); Advisory Committee
on Research Priorities in Biodiversity, National Research Council (1989-
); Advisory Committee, Columbia University Press Series: Perspectives in
Biological Diversity (1990- ). Co-chair, Ethics Committee, Society for
Economic Botany (1989- ); Ad-hoc Biodiversity Working Group, UNEP-GEF (1991-1992);
Advisory Committee for the Pew Scholars Program (1992- ); Council Member,
Society for Economic Botany (1994- ).
Visiting Research Professor, New York University (1995- ).
- Padoch, C., J. Chota Inuma, W. De Jong and J. Unruh. 1985. "Amazonian Agroforestry:
A Market-oriented System in Peru." Agroforestry Systems 3:47-58.
- Denslow, J.S. and C. Padoch, eds. 1988. People of the Tropical Rain
Forest. University of California Press. Includes: C. Padoch, People of
the Floodplain and Forest.
- Denevan, W.M. and C. Padoch, eds. 1988. Swidden-Fallow Agroforestry
in the Peruvian Amazon.; Advances in Economic Botany 5.
- Redford, K. and C. Padoch (eds.) 1992. Conservation of Neotropical Forests:
Working from Traditional Resource Use. includes: C. Padoch and W. de Jong.
Diversity, Variation, and Change in Ribereo Agriculture. Columbia University
Press: New York.
- Padoch, C. and N.L. Peluso. (eds.) 1996. Borneo in Transition: People,
Forests, Conservation, and Development. Oxford University Press: Kuala
- Brookfield, H. and C. Padoch. 1994. "Appreciating Agrodiversity: A Look
at the Dynamism and Diversity of Indigenous Farming Practices." Environment