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John Ziker



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John P. Ziker
Professor, Department Chair
Phone: (208) 426-2121
Office: Hemingway Building, Room 52
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Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara
B.A., Anthropology, Arizona State University

John Ziker in a haley cropBIOGRAPHY

John P. Ziker has conducted field research in Siberia since 1992. His research with indigenous peoples in Siberia has been featured in the journals Science, Human Nature, Human Ecology, Nomadic Peoples, and Sustainability Science. He has conducted fieldwork in the Taimyr district, the north Baikal region, and the Tuva Republic.


human behavioral ecology, sustainability, cooperation, demographics, Arctic peoples


  • Social-Cultural Anthropology (undergraduate)
  • Kinship, Social Organization and Networks (undergraduate)
  • Medical Anthropology (undergraduate)
  • Evolution of Human Cooperation (undergraduate)
  • Senior Portfolio Practicum (undergraduate)
  • Environmental Anthropology (undergraduate)
  • Magic, Witchcraft and Religion (undergraduate)
  • Economies and Global Change (undergraduate)
  • Statistical Methods in Anthropology (graduate)
  • Adaptation and Human Behavior (graduate)
  • Economic Anthropology (graduate)
  • Game Theory and Human Cooperation (graduate)
  • Research Designs in Anthropology (graduate)