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Graduate Student

Mailbox: Turlington Hall Rm 1112, PO Box 117305, Gainesville, FL 32611-7305


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida (in progress)
  • M.A., Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island
  • B.A., International Relations, University of Arkansas


Cultural Anthropology


Dr. Chalfin

Research Interests

My research examines the depths and horizons of human entanglements with the sea. For my dissertation, I concentrate on the West African Guinea Current and its attendant “upwelling” of nutrient rich waters off the coast of Ghana. I approach this recurring oceanographic phenomenon as a powerful cultural, ecological and political-economic force that gathers a host of human and non-human actors. Spatial and temporal questions regarding oceanic (im)mobilities, IUU fishing, offshore surveillance and seasonal migrations guide my analysis.

Ecological Anthropology, Maritime Anthropology, Mobility Studies, Law and Policy, Fisheries, Oceanography, Ghana

Selected Publications



Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship
  • National Science Foundation DDIG
  • Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship

UF Research Foundation Professor, Anthropology and Tropical Conservation and Development Program
Office: Grinter Hall, Room 337
Phone: (352) 392-0299
Lab: Turlington Hall, Room B375
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  • Ph.D.
  • M.A.
  • B.A.

Research Interests

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

Personal Statement

Rick (John Richard) Stepp is UF Research Foundation Professor of Anthropology 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 several other interdisciplinary centers focused on environmental research. He has conducted conservation research over the last two decades throughout the tropics, especially in the Maya Forest and in the Greater Mekong Region of Southeast Asia. His research explores persistence, change and variation of traditional ecological knowledge and ethnobiology. Much of this work has focused on wild food plants and medicinal plants. His work has also focused on patterns and causes in the distribution of biological and cultural diversity (biocultural diversity). He is leading the Quest 3 experiential learning initiative at UF and also serves as online coordinator for the Department of Anthropology. He is an associate editor for several journals in environmental anthropology and ethnobiology. He is past-president of the Society for Economic Botany and current president of the International Society of Ethnobiology.

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Selected Publications

More Publications Available on Google Scholar

Contribution to Science

Research Support

Ongoing Research Support

Completed Research Support (within the past three years)

Courses Taught

Professor Emeritus


Transnational migration, Women’s roles in the United States, Gender roles cross-culturally, Anthropological theory, Anthropological ecology, Frontier agriculture, Brazil; United States; Paraguay


Cultural Anthropology

Personal Statement

My research specialties include Brazilian culture and society, international migration and gender roles cross-culturally. I have done field work in Brazil, Paraguay, and the United States. My most recent book, True to Her Nature (Waveland 2000), analyzes the material causes for shifts– from Colonial days to the present–in American attitudes towards women’s employment, housework and child care. Over the last decade my research has taken a new focus: Brazilian emigration to the United States. I conducted the first academic studies of this new migrant flow. This interest has resulted in the publication of two books, Little Brazil: Brazilian Immigrants in New York City (Princeton University Press, 1994) and An Invisible Minority: Brazilians in New York City (Allyn & Bacon 1998), as well as numerous articles. It has also led me to develop a course, Seminar in Transnational Migration.

Grinter Hall
PO 117305
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7305

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