Anthropology at PSU
Associate Research Professor
PhD, Louisiana State University
Dr. Deur's research interests include cultural and political ecology, cultural landscapes, indigenous peoples, ethnobiology, applied research, cultural perspectives on natural resource management and restoration, ethnohistory, Northwestern North America.
One of Dr. Deur's areas of focus includes contested spaces and resources, such as land use by native communities vs. contemporary recreation and resource extraction. As part of this work he has been providing training for Native American and Native Alaskan communities on how to document places of cultural significance as those communities seek to articulate their concerns regarding the effects of tourism, mining and energy development within their traditional territories.
Dr. Deur is currently authoring a number of manuscripts, including an article on traditional Kwakwaka'wakw shellfish management (co-authored with Chief Kwaxistalla Adam Dick, Kim Recalma-Clutesi and Dr. Nancy Turner), an article on colonial displacement of Northwest Coast indigenous peoples from traditional estuarine root gardens, and a book-length guide to edible plants of the Northwest.