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Thomas F. Thornton, Ph.D.

Director of Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center & Professor of Environment and Society 


Soboleff Bldg 223, Juneau Campus



  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (1995)
  • M.A. Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA  (Distinction) (1990)
  • B.A. Sociology/Anthropology, Swarthmore College, PA, USA (Phi Beta Kappa) (1986)


Social-Environmental Change, Biocultural Diversity, Resilience and Adaptation, Ethnoecology, Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Resource Management and Sustainable Development


  • Thornton, T. Cultivating and Classifying Salmon: Engagements with Sockeye in the Salmon Forests of the North Pacific. 2021. WILDFISH.
  • Thornton, T. Moss, M. Herring & People in the North Pacific: Sustaining a Keystone Species. 2021. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press. 
  • Thornton, T. Hope, I. Tlingit geographies of hope: Clan, corporation and sustainable economies of place. 2020. Environment and Planning E. November. doi:10.1177/2514848620974376
  • Mamontova, N., Klyachko, E., Thornton, T. The track is never the same. 2020. Hunter Gatherer Research 4(3), pp.311-338.
  • Thornton, T. Bhagwat, S. Handbook of Indigenous Environmental Knowledge. 2020. Edited volume addressing case studies of Indigenous Environmental Knowledge themes across environmental types and modes of social-ecological interaction. Routledge.
  • Thorn, J.P., Thornton, T., Helfgott, A. Willis, K.J. Indigenous uses of wild and tended plant biodiversity maintain ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes of the Terai Plains of Nepal. 2020. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 16(1), pp.1-25.
  • Soubry, B., Sherren, K. Thornton, T. Farming along desire lines: Collective action and food systems adaptation to climate change. 2020. People and Nature.
  • Hestad, D., Tàbara, J. D., Thornton, T. Transcending unsustainable dichotomies in management: Lessons from Sustainability-Oriented Hybrid Organisations in Barcelona. 2020 Journal of Cleaner Production, 244, p.118766.

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