John Richard Stepp, Ph.D.

Published: September 29th, 2013

Category: Faculty, People

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Associate Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies
Office: Grinter Hall, Room 337
Phone: (352) 392-0299
Lab: Turlington Hall, Room B375


  • Ph.D.
  • M.A.
  • B.A.

Research Interests

Cultural ecology, ecological anthropology, ethnobotany, medical anthropology, visual anthropology, Mesoamerica

Personal Statement

Rick Stepp is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. He is a core faculty member of the Tropical Conservation and Development Program and the Land Use and Environmental Change Institute. He is also an affiliate faculty member of the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Florida Museum of Natural History. For the last decade he has conducted ethnobiological research with the Tzeltal Maya in Highland Chiapas, Mexico. He currently coordinates an interdiscplinary research program in the Maya Forest of Belize, Guatemala and Mexico. He recently received funding from the National Science Foundation for a comparative project with Q’eqchi’ and Mopan Maya communities in Southern Belize. He also works with Garinagu in coastal Central America. His research explores persistence, change and variation of traditional ecological knowledge and ethnobotany. Other research interests include medical anthropology, visual anthropology, GIS and land use change and human ecosystems theory. Along with his graduate students, he is developing a global GIS database for biocultural diversity with support from The Christensen Fund. He is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-STAR and David L. Boren fellow.

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