Mark Calamia

Regional Network: 
National Fellows
Class Year: 
2006
Position: 
Ecological/Environmental Anthropologist
Organization: 
University of North Texas
Location: 

Mark Calamia works an assistant professor in applied cultural anthropology at the University of North Texas. He is also the owner of a small consulting firm--Ethnographic Inquiry--that assists conservation NGOs, tribes, and federal agencies with cultural and natural resource management issues. Mark's work emphasizes ethnographic assessments of indigenous cultural landscapes/seascapes, traditional cultural properties, and sacred sites, particularly in the American Southwest. His recent work has involved several Indian tribes residing near the Colorado River. His other applied research focuses on the application of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) for adaptive resource management. In the Fiji Islands of the South Pacific, Mark has been focusing on the institutional dynamics involved in the establishment of community-based marine protected areas and the development of policy for local capacity building. He also is examining how customary systems of sea tenure and associated resource management regimes change due to local and global forces. For part of 2005 and 2006, Mark served as a research scholar with the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is currently an associate with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management, an affiliate with the Center for Heritage Resource Studies, an associate with the International Ocean Institute, and a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy. In 2007 Mark received a 3-year appointment as a Visiting Senior Researcher with the School of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.