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Gleb Raygorodetsky, PhD

Conservation biologist
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Gleb Raygorodetsky is biocultural diversity specialist and a former Adjunct Fellow with the United Nations University’s Traditional Knowledge Initiative (UNU-TKI). Born and raised in a coastal village in Kamchatka, Russia, Gleb is a conservation biologist with expertise in resource co-management and traditional knowledge systems. He has lived and worked with the Evèn reindeer herders, the Aleut fur seal hunters, the Caboclos pirarucu fishermen, and the Gwich’in caribou hunters. For his Ph.D. (Columbia University, 2006), he looked at the resilience of social-ecological systems after the collapse of the Soviet-Union in the Russian Far East, by researching furbearer use and conservation in Kamchatka. Between 2006-2010 he led the development of a new global grant-making strategy for the Christensen Fund on biocultural diversity and resilience and since then has continued to work in the field of biocultural diversity with a focus on participatory research and communication, indigenous rights, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and traditional knowledge. Gleb co-chairs the Ethics Program for the International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE) with particular interest in how the ISE Code of Ethics can inform grantee-granter funding relationships for biocultural diversity projects and how it can assist in the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 


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