Durham, William H.

Ph.D. Michigan, 1977

Professor Durham’s research focuses on ecological and evolutionary anthropology and, within them, on conservation and community development, resource management, environmental issues, Central and South America, Darwin and Galapagos. A MacArthur Prize recipient, Dr. Durham is Bing Professor in Human Biology and Co-Director (with Prof. R. Dirzo of Biology) of the Osa and Golfito Initiative (INOGO) in the Woods Institute for the Environment. With Dr. W. Hurlbut of Neurobiology, he runs the Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar on "The Boundaries of Humanity: Humans, Animals, and Machines in the Age of Biotechnology." For 16 years he was Editor of the Annual Review of Anthropology, transforming the publication to a new web-based format, and was also Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Responsible Travel, CREST. His main interests are ecology and evolution, the interactions of genetic and cultural change in human populations, and the challenges to conservation and community development in developing nations.

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