Meet the GLC's Environmental Anthropology Fellow
As part of its Great Lakes Commission Fellowship Program, the Great Lakes Commission (GLC) is currently hosting an Environmental Anthropology Fellow on behalf of the network of agencies and organizations that share an interest in Great Lakes environmental management. The GLC Fellowship Program was established in 1998 to create opportunities for Great Lakes professionals to work with GLC staff for up to 12 months on issues of shared interest.
Environmental Anthropology Fellow John Stone, a doctoral candidate in applied anthropology at the University of South Florida, Tampa, comes to the GLC through an Environmental Anthropology Fellowship Program sponsored jointly by the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) and the US EPA. The SfAA/EPA Fellowship Program was established in 1996 to increase the access of communities and policy-makers to anthropological and other social science expertise in the solution of environmental management problems.
Mr. Stone's fellowship project, titled the "Risk Perception Mapping Demonstration Project," runs from August 1999 through April 2000. Through this project, Mr. Stone will demonstrate the utility of an ethnographic approach called Risk Perception Mapping (RPM) to the public consultation and social research interests of the GLC and other relevant regional organizations. The RPM study employs an existing database of environmental risk perception and community response in a five-county area in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio, and demonstrates the capacity to identify the geographical extent and unique sociocultural contexts of populations potentially affected by environmental projects. Mr. Stone's project will be of interest to agencies and organizations seeking to develop population-specific information/education exchanges through which culturally sensitive social indicators of Great Lakes ecosystem integrity may emerge.
John Stone may be contacted directly at the GLC for information on the RPM Demonstration Project: email@example.com; (734)-665-9135. For additional information about the SfAA/EPA Environmental Anthropology Fellowship and other joint SfAA/EPA activities, see http://www.sfaa.net/eap/abouteap.html.