Dr. John P. Ziker, Boise State University

Dr. John P. Ziker is Professor and Chair in the Department of Anthropology at Boise State University. He is also an International Research Affiliate of the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy. Ziker earned a B.A. in anthropology in 1988 at Arizona State University. He completed language programs at Moscow Energy Institute and Norwich University and received a Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1998 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2001-2003, Ziker was a post-doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany, as a member of the Siberia Project Group, focusing his research on hunting practices and property relations among the Dolgan and Nganasan peoples.

Dr. Ziker began work with Siberian indigenous peoples in 1992 on the topics of land use and property, food procurement and distribution, kinship, and demographics. Dr. Ziker takes a human behavioral ecology approach to human problems and is applying this body of theory to issues of family health and wellness in a large longitudinal sample of Canadian children and youth. In addition, he is investigating the conical hide-covered lodge and its ecological, social, and symbolic roles among indigenous peoples in Canada and Siberia. He has on-going research on food-sharing networks and demographics in Siberia and changes in the mixed economy of a community of Siberian hunter-gatherers after the dissolution of state socialism.

Dr. Ziker’s research has been featured in the journals Science, Human Nature, Human Ecology, Nomadic Peoples, Sustainability Science, and others. Dr. Ziker is the author of Peoples of the Tundra: Northern Siberians in the Post-Communist Transition (Waveland Press, Inc., 2002). He is a Fulbright Canada - Palix Foundation Distinguished Visiting Research Chair in Brain Science, and Child and Family Health and Wellness.


Twitter: @DrZiker

Research Interests: Human Behavioral Ecology; Sustainability; Cooperation; Demographics; Arctic Peoples; Culture; Ecology and Evolution; Ethnography; Evolution; Behavioral Ecology; Archaeology; Behavioral Experiment; Resource Management; Ethology; Community; Games; Cultural Anthropology; Animal Cognition; Communities; Anthropology; Demography; Evolutionary Theory; Economic Anthropology; Palaeolithic; Indigenous People; Evolutionary Game Theory; Behavioral Biology; Cooperative Behavior; Anthropology; Siberian Peoples; Hunting.

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