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John P. Ziker

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Phone: (208) 426-2121
Office: Hemingway Building, Room 52

John Ziker’s Publications on ORCiD


Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara

M.A., Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara

B.A., Anthropology, Arizona State University


John Ziker was selected to study arctic climate change with a new National Science Foundation (NSF) grant starting January, 2022, under the Navigating the New Arctic program — one of NSF’s “10 Big Ideas.” The projects address convergence scientific challenges in the rapidly changing Arctic. This interdisciplinary Arctic research is needed to inform the economy, security, and resilience of the Nation, the larger region, and the globe. He is also a contributing researcher on a cross-cultural study of social networks and wealth inequality (ENDOW Project). He is also a co-Principal Investigator on an NSF sponsored project investigating the role of social networks in the adoption of innovative teaching practices in higher education

Professional Interests

human behavioral ecology, climate change Anthropology, evolution of cooperation, social network analysis, Indigenous People of Siberia

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

  • Economics and Global Change
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Evolution of Human Cooperation
  • Kinship, Social Organization, and Networks
  • Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Senior Portfolio Practicum
  • Social-Cultural Anthropology

Graduate Courses

  • Adaptation and Human Behavior
  • Economic Anthropology
  • Game Theory and Human Cooperation
  • Research Designs in Anthropology
  • Statistical Methods in Anthropology