Michael Paolisso

Professor & Associate Chair

Professor Paolisso has conducted short- and long-term fieldwork in the areas of environment and development in Venezuela, Honduras, Ecuador, Kenya, Nepal and the United States.  For the past 15 years he has focused his research on the human dimensions of a range of environmental issues confronting the Chesapeake Bay, including management of natural resources, particularly fisheries and agricultural lands, water pollution, restoration, social justice, socio-ecological resilience and climate change. His Chesapeake research seeks to demonstrate how cultural models of the environment have a direct bearing on the use and management of natural resources, and how cultural models can be used to improve intra- and inter-stakeholder understanding, dialogue and collaboration in addressing environmental issues.  His publications include edited volumes, monographs, journal articles and technical reports. He received his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles.




Culture and Resource Management on the Chesapeake Bay

Areas of Interest:
  • Environmental anthropology, economic anthropology, research methods
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Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
ANTH450 Environmental Anthropology Spring 2016 Syllabus

Environmental Justice and Climate Change

0131 Woods Hall
Department of Anthropology
Phone: (301) 405-1433
Email: mpaoliss@umd.edu