PhD                        University of California at Davis, Ecology, 2004. Dissertation: The application of collaborative ethnobiological research towards the conservation of indigenous biocultural diversity.

MSc               University of California at Davis, International Agricultural Development, 1993.  Thesis:  Exploring the interface between researchers and recipients of agricultural technology: The case of soybean in Oyo State, Nigeria

BA               Boston University, Latin American Development, Magna Cum Laude, 1988. Thesis: The disaster of Armero (Colombia): An evaluative inquiry into government reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts


  • 2003 – present  Lecturer, San Jose State University, Humanities & Environmental Studies Departments
  • 2011 – 2016 Instructor, Developing Virtue High School, City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Ukiah, CA
  • 2013 – 2015 Secretary to the Mendocino County Fish and Game Commission
  • 2011 – 2014  Founder and Coordinator, Salmon Film Festival
  • 2010 – 2012  Consultant to the Yurok Tribe and Tolowa Dee-ni (Smith River Rancheria)
  • 2004 – 2010  Researcher/Lecturer, University of California at Davis, Plant Sciences Department/Science & Society Program
  • 2007 – 2009  Research Director for Social Sciences, Earthwatch Institute (
  • 2002  Lecturer, San Diego State University, Biology Department
  • 1998 – 2009  Executive Director, Ethnobotanical Conservation Organization for South East Asia (
  • 1993 – 2007   Special Advisor, Indonesian Institute of Sciences; Indonesian Ministry of Forestry
  • 1999 2004   Expedition Leader, University of California University Expeditions Research Program
  • 1996 – 1999  Social Scientist/M&E Specialist, International Fund for Agricultural Development and UNOPS
  • 1995 – 1997   Social Scientist/M&E Specialist, UN Food and Agriculture Organization/World Bank/Asian Development Bank
  • 1994 – 1997  Research Associate, UC Davis Soil History and Sustainable Agriculture Project – China and Indonesia


  • 2003 – present   AMS/ENVS/HUM 159 – Nature and World Cultures
  • 2007 – 2016    ENVS 10 – Life on a Changing Planet 
  • 2011 – 2016  Advanced Placement- Environmental Sciences
  • 2007   SAS 1 – Critical Inquiry and Contemporary Issues
  • 2005 – 2007   SAS 90C – Concepts in Herbal Medicine: Interdisciplinary Studies
  • 2006 – 2007   Scientific Writing for Indonesian Forestry Researchers
  • 2006   Ecotourism Workshop for Indonesian Recreational Forestry
  • 2004 – 2007  SAS 198/298 – Women in Science and Engineering
  • 2005  Field Methods in Assessing Tropical Biological and Cultural Diversity
  • 2005  SAS 198 – Ethnoecology; The Science of Indigenous Societies
  • 2003 – 2005   PLB 198 – Directed Studies in Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology
  • 2002  BIO 315 – Human Impact on the Environment
  • 2002  PLB 141 – Principles and Methods of Ethnobotany
  • 2002   PLB 290 – Ethnoecology and Biocultural Diversity


  • National Institutes of Health International Collaborative Biodiversity Group Grant No. RFA-TW-08-003 Biodiversity Surveys in Indonesia
  • National Science Foundation RCN-UBE Grant No. DBI-0840946 Education Network in Ethnobiology
  • National Science Foundation IGERT – UC Davis Biological Invasions Fellowship
  • Indonesian Ministry of Forestry Training Grants
  • University of California Pacific Rim Research Grant
  • University of California Research Expeditions Program – Field Research Grants
  • U.S. Fulbright Commission – Student Award for Research in Indonesia
  • San José State University Signature Event Award
  • San José State University Award for Best Practices in Information Literacy
  • San José State University College of Humanities Dean’s Grant
  • TEDxWomen 2016 Grant


Pfeiffer, J. 2017. “Bite Me.” Lowestoft Chronicle. [online] URL

Pfeiffer, J. 2016. “My Roadkill Habit.” Finalist in Hunger Mountain creative nonfiction essay contest.

Pfeiffer, J. with B. Goldfarb and M. Serpas. M. Wendel, ed. May 18th, 2015. Writing and the Environment, A Roundtable Discussion. Bellevue Literary Review.

Pfeiffer, J. 2015. “Until We Have Loved.” Finalist in national essay contest. Hippocampus Magazine, November Issue (Nominated for a Pushcart Prize), Included in Selected Memories: Five Years of Hippocampus Magazine (2017), Donna Talarico, ed., pages 61-71.

Pfeiffer, J. 2015. “Indonesian Dungeons (and Dragons).” Longform essay published in three parts in Nowhere. Part 1   Part 2   Part 3

Pfeiffer, J. 2014. “All Our Relations.” Bellevue Literary Review special issue “Our Fragile Environment.” (Nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the John Burroughs Nature Essay Award.)

Pfeiffer, J. 2014. “Yes.” Between the Lines (Inaugural issue). Oakland: Holy Names University. [online] URL

Pfeiffer, J. 2014. “A dissertation on the pit latrine. Nowhere 11:11.

Pfeiffer, J. interview with Julian Galarza, Sr. 2014. Keeping tribal culture alive in the 21st century. It’s hard – and it’s good. Langscape 2(13):50-53.


Pfeiffer, J. with 7 other authors. 2014. “Interactive learning about biocultural diversity: university students engage tribes.” Langscape 3(1):54-61.

Pfeiffer, J.M., with the Tado and Waerebo Communities, and Lizzie Gish. 2010. Countering the Loss of Knowledge, Practices, and Species on Flores Island. Pages 55-58 in L. Maffi and E. Woodley, eds., Biocultural Diversity Conservation: A Global Sourcebook. Earthscan Publications, London and Washington DC. ISBN 978-1-84407-929-9. [A previous version is available as Pages 81-87 in in L. Maffi and E. Woodley, eds., Global Source Book for Biocultural Diversity: Worldwide Experiences in an Integrated Approach  to Sustaining Cultures and Biodiversity.  **

Pfeiffer, J.M.. and R. Voeks. 2008. Biological invasions and biocultural diversity: linking ecological and cultural systems. Environmental Conservation 35(4):1-13. doi:10.1017/S0376892908005146 **

Pfeiffer, J.M., Mia, R., Erni, B. and I. Faridah. 2007. Traditional remedies for women’s and children’s health issues on Flores Island. Pages 223-233 in Sutarjadi, et al., editors, Women’s Health and Traditional Medicine. Surabaya: Airlangga University Press.

J.M. Pfeiffer and E. Huerta Ortiz. 2007. Invasive plants impact California native plants used in traditional basketry. Fremontia 35(1):7-13. **

Pfeiffer, J.M., Dun, S., Mulawarman, B. and K. J. Rice. 2006. Biocultural diversity in traditional rice-based agroecosystems: indigenous research and conservation of mavo (Oryza sativa L.) upland rice landraces of eastern Indonesia. Invited submission for special edition of Environment, Development, and Sustainability 8(4):609-625. Published online at DOI: 10.1007/s10668-006-9047-2.  **

Pfeiffer, J.M. and R.J. Butz. 2005. Assessing cultural and ecological variation in ethnobiological research: the importance of gender. Journal of Ethnobiology 25(2): 240-278. **

Pfeiffer, J., and Y. Uril. 2003. The role of indigenous parataxonomists in botanical inventory: from Herbarium Amboinense to Herbarium Floresensis. Telopea 10(1): 61-72. **

Pfeiffer, J. and E. Espeland. 2003. Book Review. Egan, D. and E. A. Howell, editors. 2001. The historical ecology handbook: a restorationists’ guide to reference ecosystems. Island Press, Washington, D. C., USA. Society & Ecology 7(1):11. [online] URL:

Pfeiffer, J. 2002.  Gendered interpretations of biocultural diversity in Eastern Indonesia: ethnoecology in the transition zone. Pages 43-63 in:  H. Lansdowne, W. Neilson and P. Dearden eds., Communities in Southeast Asia: Challenges and Responses. Victoria (Canada): Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives.

** Articles used in undergraduate/graduate/professional certificate courses at UC Davis, University of Florida, University of Rhode Island, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (Austria), University of Kent, Dartmouth College, San Jose State University, and California State University-Fullerton.


Peter P, N Lara, and J Pfeiffer. 2015. Stewart Wilburn. 29-page picture book on

Pfeiffer JM with the Tado Community. 2012. Once Sacred Fruits – Human and Cultural Ecology of the Manggarai, Flores Island Indonesia: Community-Based Biocultural Diversity. Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany. ISBN 978-3-659-15512-3

Pfeiffer JM. 2011. Case study in C.J. Ellick and J.E. Watkins, eds., The Anthropology Graduate’s Guide: From Student to A Career. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.

Pfeiffer J., Wyse Jackson, D., and P. S. Wyse Jackson. 1998. The Establishment of a Computerized Collections Registration System for Kebun Raya Indonesia. BGCI News 3(1) [online] URL:

Suhirman and Pfeiffer, J., editors. 1995.  The Role of Flora in the World Economy and Its Conservation.   Bogor: Kebun Raya Indonesia.

Suhirman, Butler, G., Fuaddini, Pfeiffer, J., Richardson, M. and Suhendar, editors. 1994.  Strategies for Flora Conservation in Asia.   Bogor : Kebun Raya Indonesia.


Pfeiffer J. and the Smith River Rancheria. August 2011. “Factual Record of Current and Historical Uses by the Tolowa (Taa-laa-wa Dee-ni’) of Smith River Rancheria within the proposed State Marine Conservation Areas and Special Closures of Del Norte County.”

Pfeiffer J. January 2011. “Native Science, Harvesting, and Conservation.”

Pfeiffer J. November 1998. “Supervision Report from the Social Mobilization Specialist.” International Fund for Agricultural Development Poverty Alleviation Project in Western Terai (Nepal). UNOPS Project No. NEP/97/F02.

Pfeiffer J. December 1997. “Rural Sociologist’s Report: Mid-Term Review Evaluation.” International Fund for Agricultural Development South Sumatra Smallholders Tree Crop Development Project.

Pfeiffer J. December 1997. “Sociologist’s Report: Mid-Term Review Evaluation.” International Fund for Agricultural Development Eastern Islands Smallholder Cashew Development Project for Indonesia.

Pfeiffer J., Zulminarni, N and KT Wusananingsih. May 1997. Sociologist’s Report; Joint Asian Development Bank (ADB)/ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Loan Fact Finding Mission. Rural Income Generation Project for Indonesia.

Pfeiffer J., Zulminarni, N and KT Wusananingsih. January 1997. “Beneficiary Profiles, Targeting, and Monitoring; Sociologist’s Annex.” ADB Rural Income Generation Project for Indonesia. ADB TAR:INO 29456.

Pfeiffer J. October 1996. “Informe Final.” Consultoría en Seguimiento y Evaluación; Proyecto de Diversificación de Cultivos y Servicios Agrícolas – Región Continental. IFAD Project No. 263-EQ [UNOPS EQG/95/01] in Equatorial Guinea.

Pfeiffer J. April 1996. “Informe preliminar á la Dirección. Consultoría á la Unidad de Seguimiento y Evaluación y al Proyecto.” Proyecto de Producción Campesina y Comercialización. IFAD Project No. 358-EQ [UNOPS EQG/93/F01] in Equatorial Guinea.

Pfeiffer J. January 1996. “Socio-Economic Baseline Study.” Indonesia Integrated Pest Management for Smallholder Estate Crops Project. United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization Investment Centre for the Asian Development Bank.


Pfeiffer, J. 2015. Climate Change & Indigenous Peoples. Presented at the SUNY-Plattsburgh Adirondack Climate Reality Conference. 32 minutes.

Pfeiffer, J. 2014. Wet Mouth. A poem set to music and images. Debuted at the Fishtrap Writer’s Conference in Wallowa, Oregon. 3 minutes.

Pfeiffer, J. 2014. Clear Lake Hitch: A Threatened Keystone. Presented as part of public testimony at the August 6th 2014 California Fish and Game Commission meeting in San Diego (CA) where the hitch was officially listed as a threatened species. 3 minutes.


Hippocampus Magazine 2nd Annual Conference – Lancaster, PA • August 2016. “Writing Creatively with Science: Nerd Lab 101

Society for Ethnobiology 38th Annual Conference – Santa Barbara • May 2015 “Interactive Learning to Conserve Biocultural Diversity: University Students Engage Tribes.” 

SUNY-Plattsburgh Climate Change Conference • March 2015 “Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples”

National Center for Case Study Teaching in the Sciences • September 2014 “Rocking your class with cutting, interactive teaching.” 

The Christensen Fund, San Francisco, California • December 2013 “How Do We [Re]create a Legacy Continuum?”

28th California Indian Conference, Sacramento, California • September 2013 “Collaborations between SJSU Students & California Tribes: Micro-documentaries, articles & cultural projects.”

Santa Clara University Department of Anthropology Seminar Series, Santa Clara, California • October 2012 “Awesome Ethnoecology: How Long Term Collaborations Change Everything.” [Featured Speaker]

American Anthropological Association 110th Annual Meeting, Montreal (CANADA) • November 2011 “Cultural and Human Ecological Perspectives on Multispecies Encounters.” [Discussant]

Society for Applied Anthropology 71st Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington  • March 2011 “Native Science, Harvesting, Conservation & Co-Management.” [Panelist]

Society for Applied Anthropology 69th Annual Meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico  • March 2009 “Fieldwork with Integrity: Enacting Codes of Ethics.” [Forum Organizer]

International Society for Ethnobiology 11th Congress Cuzco (PERU) • June 2008 “ Building Healthy Relationships – Putting the ISE Code of Ethics into Action.”  [Session Organizer] (*) 

American Museum for Natural History Spring Symposium April 2008 “Community-Based Ecotourism and Biocultural Diversity.” [Panel Organizer] (*) 

Society for Ethnobiology 30th Annual Conference  – UC Berkeley • March 2007 “Community-Based Ecotourism As A Mechanism to Conserve Biocultural Diversity” (*) 

International Society for Ethnobiology 10th Congress ­- Chiang Rai (THAILAND) • November 2006 “Community-based Ethnoecological Studies on Flores Island.” (*) 

Society for Economic Botany. 47th Annual Meeting ­- Chiang Mai (THAILAND)  • June 2006 “Cultural Impacts of Biological Invasions: An Ethnobiological Perspective.” (*) 

Society for Ethnobiology 28th Annual Conference ­– Anchorage, Alaska  • May 2005 “Collaborative Ethnobiological Research and Traditional Ecological Knowledge Conservation in Eastern Indonesia.” (*) 

Flora Malesiana Sixth International Symposium ­- University of The Philippines at Los Baños (THE PHILIPPINES) • September 2004  “Ethnobotany” [Session Organizer and Panelist] (*) 

International Society of Ethnobiology 9th Congress University of Kent, Canterbury (UNITED KINGDOM) • June 2004 “The Relevance of Gender to Ethnobiology.” (*) 

Institute of Social and Economic Research Rhodes University (SOUTH AFRICA) • July 2003  “Gender and Environmental Studies.”

UC Davis NSF Biological Invasions IGERTApril 2003 “Biological Invasions and Biocultural Diversity.” [Symposium Organizer] (*) 

Society for Ethnobiology 26th Annual Conference University of Washington, Seattle • March 2003 “Field Ethics 101 for Ethnobiologists: Increasing the Efficacy, Relevancy and Power of Collaborative Research.”

Society for Applied Anthropology 63rd Annual Meeting Portland, Oregon  • March 2003 “Once Sacred Fruits: Tracing the Origin, Loss and Conservation of Biocultural Diversity in the Pacific Rim.”

Graduate Group in Ecology University of California at Davis  • April 2002 “Ecological Ethics.” [Forum Organizer] (*) 

Northwest Regional Consortium for Southeast Asia Center for Asia-Pacific Initiatives, University of Victoria (CANADA) • October 2001 “Gendered Interpretations of Biocultural Diversity in Eastern Indonesia: Ethnoecology in the Transition Zone.”

Flora Malesiana 5th International Symposium Royal Botanic Gardens – Sydney (AUSTRALIA) • September 2001 “Lessons on Collaboration between International Researchers and Indigenous Peoples.” (*) 

Society for Conservation Biology 15th Annual Meeting University of Hawaii-Hilo  • July 2001 “Tracking the Synergy between Cultural and Biological Diversity: Community Ecology in Eastern Indonesia.”

Building Bridges with Traditional Knowledge II Summit Meeting, University of Hawaii-Honolulu • May 2001 “The Ethnobotany & Conservation of Indo-Malay and Indo-Pacific Native Fruits.” [Session Organizer and Panelist] (*) 

American Association for Botanical Gardens and Arboreta Conference Vancouver (CANADA) June 1999 “Bringing the Convention on Biological Diversity to Life in Botanical Gardens.” [Panel Convener] (*) 

(*) Co-presented bilingually (or trilingually) with indigenous/international counterpart(s)


American Anthropological Association, American Association of Geographers, Association for Women in Science, Ecological Society of America, Flora Malesiana, International Society for Ethnobiology (Board Member 2006-8), Society for Applied Anthropology, Society for Conservation Biology (Lifetime Member), Society for Ecological Restoration, Society for Economic Botany (Council Member 2009-11), Society for Ethnobiology, US-Indonesia Society

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  1. Hello Professor,

    I watched the video on the Yurok tribe, the Klamath, and the fish kill of 2002. This river is my favorite river to fish. The Yurok have a special place in my heart. We spent 10 days camping hiking fishing and exploring the Klamath at the mouth of the Pacific Ocean. Ill plug Kamp Klamath well run campsite with wifi and small market. Such a spectacularly beautiful place.

    Really appreciate your life work in Ethnobiology.


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