Dr. Gerkey’s research examines how indigenous communities in subarctic regions of the North Pacific manage their natural resources. He researches how salmon fishers and reindeer herders living on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Northeast Siberia are reshaping Soviet-era collectives to maintain access to common-pool resources. Using a mixed-method approach, he explores how post-Soviet collectives act as networks of cooperation to promote indigenous rights, development, and conservation.
Dr. Gerkey will be offering Ecological Anthropology, Anth 477/577, and Arctic Perspectives on Global Problems, Anth 499/599 during the Spring term.
See Dr. Gerkey's latest article in the Current Anthropology Journal, "Cooperation in Context: Public goods games and post Soviet collectives in Kamchatka, Russia".