Current projects

Research led by

Ecosystem research groups

Recent Publications

Current projects

  • Funding: IUCN CEESP
  • 2015
  • ECI Lead: Dr Thomas Thornton

Food sovereignty and sharing the future of the herring in the North Pacific

A project with Shingo Hamada of IUCN CEESP on how the exchange of food gift weaves inter and intra-communal social networks in the mid of the herring conservation controversy in the North Pacific.

Recently completed projects

Ecotourism in Mexico
  • Funding: Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
  • 2013-2014
  • PI: Dr Thomas Thornton

Indigenous Ecotourism Enterprises

This project identifies best practices in the development of indigenous ecotourism from a social entrepreneurial and cultural-institutional perspective.

Herrink Sketches
  • Funding: North Pacific Research Board
  • 2007-2009
  • ECI Lead: Dr Thomas Thornton

Herring Synthesis: Documenting and Modeling Herring Spawning Areas within Socio-Ecological Systems over Time in the Southeastern Gulf of Alaska

Pacific herring are a foundation and bellwether species for North Pacific marine ecosystems. This project aims to address the gaps in long-term historical and cultural ecological knowledge of Southeast Alaska herring using interviews, archaeological, ethnological, historical and biological records.


Indigenous-State Relations in Alaska and Beyond: Sustainable Livelihoods, Biocultural Diversity and Health since the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA)

A project to analyze how the creation of Alaska Native business corporations (spawned by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971) transformed institutional arrangements between Alaska Natives, state governments, ecosystems, and regional-global economies, and how these Native corporations have contributed to particular outcomes in indigenous groups' biocultural health as measured by indigenous and cross-cultural models of sustainable livelihoods and ecosystem services.