FIKRET BERKES is a professor of natural resources at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, and a founding member and past president of the International Association for the Study of Common Property. With an academic background in both environmental and social sciences, Berkes’ long-term research program has been the investigation of interrelations between societies and their resources. His main area of expertise is common property resources and community-based resource management. His publications include three recent books, Managing Small-Scale Fisheries (with F. Mahon, R. McConney, P. Pollnac, and R. Pomeroy, International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, 2001), Sacred Ecology (Taylor and Francis, 1999), and Linking Social and Ecological Systems (with C. Folke, Cambridge University Press, 1998).
ROB BOYD is a professor of anthropology who has taught at Duke and Emory Universities and has been at UCLA since 1986. He received a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of California, San Diego and a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on population models of culture as summarized in his book, co-authored with P.J. Richerson, Culture and the Evolutionary Process. He has also co-authored an introductory textbook in biological anthropology, How Humans Evolved, with his wife, Joan Silk. He and Joan have two children and live in Los Angeles. His hobbies are rock climbing and jogging.
JEFF DAYTON-JOHNSON is an assistant professor of economics and international development studies at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. He specializes in the microeconomic analysis of economic development. His research has focused on cooperation in the use of local natural resource systems, the economic consequences of social cohesion, the efficient allocation of foreign aid, and the economics of culture. He is the author of Social Cohesion & Economic Prosperity (Lorimer, Toronto, 2001). He holds a B.A. (honors) in Latin American studies and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
THOMAS DIETZ is College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor and professor of environmental science and policy and sociology at George Mason University. He holds a bachelor of general studies from Kent State University and a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California, Davis. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Danforth Fellow, and a past president of the Society for Human Ecology, and he has received the Distinguished Contribution Award from the Section on Environment, Technology and Society of the American Sociological Association. His research interests are in human ecology and cultural evolution. He has a longstanding program of scholarship on the relationship between science and democracy in environmental policy. Recent publications include Environmentally Significant Consumption: Research