Gary P. Nabhan,
Gary Paul Nabhan
was born in March of 1952 in Gary, Indiana. He attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon,
Iowa then Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona. He received his PhD in Arid
Lands Resources from the University of Arizona in 1983.
His professional career began with the
Office of Arid Land Studies at the University of Arizona as a research
associate. By 1981, he was a project manager for "Meals for Millions" [in
Tuscon, Arizona] and was instrumental in starting their Southwest
Traditional Crop Conservancy Garden and Seed Bank.
In 1983 he co-founded Native Seeds/SEARCH,
a grassroots conservation organization dedicated to collecting and
preserving the native seeds of the desert southwest. He was assistant
director at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, and later
writer-in-residence and director of science at the Arizona-Sonora Desert
Nabhan was the founding director of the
Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University. In
2008 he joined the University of Arizona faculty as a Research Social
Scientist with the Southwest Center, where he now serves as the W. K.
Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of
Arizona Southwest Center.
He is a member of the Scientific and
Project Committee of The Ethnobiology and Conservation Team (ECT), an
international group of biologists, activists, anthropologists,
conservationists, philanthropists, entrepreneurs and artists committed
to carrying out conservation at the grass roots level.
Some of his awards include a John
Burroughs Medal (1986) for outstanding nature writing in "Gathering
a McArthur Fellowship (1990-95), a Pew Scholarship for Conservation and
the Environment (1991), and was named an Utne Reader visionary in 2011.
He has also been
honored with two honorary PhD.s, lifetime achievement awards from the
Society for Conservation Biology, the Quivira Coalition, the Chefs
Collaborative, Edible Communities and the Western Parks Association.[8,9]
"Keeping traditions on the menu:
Three conservation organizations consider ecological and cultural
landscapes as they preserve old crops and develop new ones," by
Anna Maria Gillis, BioScience, July/August 1993, pgs. 425-430
Paul Nabhan: Mother Nature's Foodie," by Keith Goetzman,
Utne Reader, November–December 2011
"Redesigning Regional Food Traditions"
Clackamas Community College, April 14, 2011 -
Gary Paul Nabhan papers, 1969- , Arizona Archives Onlin,
Collection Number: MS 337
fields: arid lands ethnobotany and agricultural ecology,"
Doctoral Thesis, 1983
Slow Food and Local Food"
[Video Series], -
Ethnobotanist Gary Nabhan defines "slow food" and "local food" during an
interview with Earth Eats' Host Annie Corrigan on January 23rd, 2009
"Seed Savers Exchange: The First Ten Years, 1975-1985,"
Official Site: Gary Nabhan
Wikipedia Biography Page
Books by Gary Nabhan:
the Desert," 1985
"Enduring Seeds: Native American Agriculture and Wild Plant Conservation," 1989
"The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places (Concord Library)," 1994
"Cultures of Habitat: On Nature, Culture, and Story," 1997
"Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Food," 2001
"The Desert Smells Like Rain: A Naturalist in O'odham Country,"
"Why Some Like It Hot: Food, Genes, and Cultural Diversity," 2004
The Marriage of Science and Poetry," 2004
"Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's Quest to End Famine"
"Desert Terroir: Exploring the Unique Flavors and Sundry Places of the Borderlands (Ellen and Edward Randall Series),"
"Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land: Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty,"