Tod Dillon Swanson Associate Professor, Arizona State University, PhD University of Chicago, is the Director of the Andes and Amazon Field School. He is a specialist in Amazonian culture and environment. His areas of research include indigenous relations to plant and animal species and Quichua linguistics.
Janis B. Nuckolls is Professor of Linguistics at Brigham Young University. anthropological linguist with field experience primarily in Amazonian Ecuador, province of Pastaza. Her research interests center upon the cultural poetics of Quichua verbal practice and the role of ideophones and grammatical categories such as evidentiality in the expression of attitudinal alignments with nonhuman nature. She is the author of Sounds Like Life: Sound Symbolic Grammar, Performance, and Cognition in Pastaza Quechua and Lessons from a Quechua Strong Woman: Ideophany, Dialogue and Perspective. Her current research projects involve putting together various ‘pieces’ of Quichua grammar, including its phonology and verbal morphology, and delving more deeply into the possible role played by ideophony in the communication of unconventional knowledge. Web page and Curriculum Vitae
Prof. Balée is a renowned expert on the historical ecology of the Amazon Basin who has worked for many years in some of the most remote areas of the Brazilian Amazon. His work has contributed greatly to the understanding the Amazonian as an "anthropogenic" forest shaped by the interaction of indigenous peoples with their environment before the European discovery of America as well as in more recent times. In this course you will have a chance to work with Dr. Balée as he investigates the historical human impact on the western Amazon.
Pieter C. Muysken, Professor of Linguistics, Radboud University Nijmegen. Dr. Muysken's work in Historical Linguistics has focussed on language contact. He is currently working on a book that will examine the history of Ecuadorian Quichua including the origins of its various dialects. Curriculum Vitae
Walter P. Carson received his Ph. D. in 1993 with Richard Root at Cornell University, performed his postdoctoral studies with David Tilman at the University of Minnesota and Steve Hubbell at Princeton University, and joined the Department in 1994. As a Fellow in Sustainability, Carson is tackling threats to habitat sustainability and biodiversity using a broad framework grounded in policy research. Dr. Carson will teach Tropical Ecology during the June 2017 session.
Dr. Dyer is a tropical ecologist whose current research focusses on tritrophic interactions, chemical ecology, biodiversity, and conservation in natural and managed ecosystems. Dr. Dyer will contribute to the Tropical Ecology course from July 15-21, 2017. Curriculum Vitae; web site