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William H. Durham

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William H. Durham

Ph.D. Michigan, 1977
Research Interests: 
Biological anthropology, ecological and evolutionary anthropology, cultural evolution, conservation and community development, resource management, environmental issues; Central and South America.


Professor Durham’s research focuses on ecological and evolutionary anthropology and, within them, on conservation and community development, resource management, environmental issues, Central and South America, Darwin and Galapagos. A MacArthur Prize recipient, Dr. Durham is Bing Professor in Human Biology and Co-Director (with Prof. R. Dirzo of Biology) of the Osa and Golfito Initiative (INOGO) in the Woods Institute for the Environment. With Dr. W. Hurlbut of Neurobiology, he runs the Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar on "The Boundaries of Humanity: Humans, Animals, and Machines in the Age of Biotechnology." For 16 years he was Editor of the Annual Review of Anthropology, transforming the publication to a new web-based format, and was also Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Responsible Travel, CREST. His main interests are ecology and evolution, the interactions of genetic and cultural change in human populations, and the challenges to conservation and community development in developing nations.

Bill Durham is Professor Emeritus-recalled to active duty

Selected Articles

2015     Can ecotourism deliver real economic, social, and environmental benefits? A study of the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM Hunt, C. A., Durham, W. H., Driscoll, L., Honey, M.; 23 (3): 339-357

2014     Positive and Negative Effects of a Threatened Parrotfish on Reef Ecosystems CONSERVATION BIOLOGY McCauley, D. J., Young, H. S., Guevara, R., Williams, G. J., Power, E. A., Dunbar, R. B., Bird, D. W., Durham, W. H., Micheli, F. ; 28 (5): 1312-21

2013     Conservation at the edges of the world BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION McCauley, D. J., Power, E. A., Bird, D. W., McInturff, A., Dunbar, R. B., Durham, W. H., Micheli, F., Young, H. S. ; 165: 139-145

2012     The effect of land use change and ecotourism on biodiversity: a case study of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, from 1985 to 2008 LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY Broadbent, E. N., Zambrano, A. M., Dirzo, R., Durham, W. H., Driscoll, L., Gallagher, P., Salters, R., Schultz, J., Colmenares, A., Randolph, S. G.; 27 (5): 731-744

2012     Farm-scale adaptation and vulnerability to environmental stresses: Insights from winegrowing in Northern CaliforniaGLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE-HUMAN AND POLICY DIMENSIONS Nicholas, K. A., Durham, W. H.; 22 (2): 483-494

2012     Shrouded in a fetishistic mist: commoditisation of sustainability in tourism International Journal of Tourism Anthropology Durham, W. H., Hunt, C. A.

2012     Ecotourism Impacts in the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TOURISM RESEARCH Almeyda, A. M., Broadbent, E. N., Wyman, M. S., Durham, W. H.; 12 (6): 803-819

2010     Anthropology and Environmental Policy: What Counts? AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST Charnley, S., Durham, W. H.; 112 (3): 397-415

2010     Ecotourism and Conservation in the Americas (Book Review) TOURISM MANAGEMENT Book Review Authored by: Clarke, A.; 31 (3): 447-447

2008     Fishing for Solutions: Ecotourism and Conservation in Galapagos National Park Ecotourism and conservation in the Americas Stronza, A., Durham, W. H.; 7: 66-90

2007     The Elephant in the Room: Evolution in Anthropology General Anthropology Durham, W.

2006     Inbreeding, Incest and the Incest Taboo Wolf, A., Durham, W. H. Stanford University Press.