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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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