Date(s) - March 8, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
LSC 386, Lory Student Center
The Geography of Human Cultural Diversity
Associate Professor, Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Colorado State University
Human cultural diversity is expressed in myriad ways (from languages to religious practices to subsistence strategies), and this diversity is not spread evenly across the planet. For example, the island of New Guinea contains only 0.4% of the world’s land area and just 0.1% of the global population, but supports more than 900 languages (~13% of the world’s total). What processes drive global patterns of cultural diversity? I will highlight recent interdisciplinary research projects that draw on methods developed in biogeography to test long-standing hypotheses from multiple disciplines on the role different historical, social, demographic, and environmental factors play in shaping cultural diversity.
About the speaker
Michael Gavin is an Associate Professor in the College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University, where he teaches graduate courses in the Conservation Leadership through Learning Master’s Program and undergraduate courses in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. He is also a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. His work draws on theory and methods from geography, anthropology, ecology, evolutionary biology, and economics to examine biocultural approaches to conservation, as well as the geography and evolution of cultural diversity.