James R. Veteto, Ph.D.

    BRIT Research Associate

    Ph.D. in Anthropology, The University of Georgia
    M.A. in Appalachian Studies and Sustainable Development, Appalachian State University
    B.A. in Anthropology, English, and Environmental Ethics, The University of Georgia

    James R. Veteto is assistant professor of anthropology at The University of North Texas (UNT) and an environmental anthropologist specializing in ethnoecology, agrobiodiversity studies, sustainable agricultural systems, sustainable development, food and culture, and alternative political ecologies. He is the Director of the Laboratory of Environmental Anthropology at UNT and the Southern Seed Legacy project.  In the summer he directs the Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies, which includes Seed Legacy Farm, the JR Dawkins heirloom orchard, and a mature Appalachian Cove Forest on one of the most biodiverse 25 acre tracts in North America.  James has worked with local and indigenous communities in southern Appalachia, the Ozarks, and the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains of NW Mexico.  His work has focused specifically on comparative agrobiodiversity inventories, farmer decision making, and conservation strategies in mountain ecosystems.  James is also currently conducting research on alternative political ecologies, including the bioregionalism, permaculture, and global ecovillage movements.  His most recent project, a collaboration with other BRIT researchers, has been investigating biocultural diversity and the political ecology of climate change on Appalachian orchards.

    Phone: 940.369.5401

    E-Mail: james.veteto@unt.edu

    Link: Personal website

    Link: Southern Seed Legacy