Solomon Islands

Since 2001 Prof.. Lauer has participated in a multidisciplinary project in the Western Province, Solomon Islands. The overall aim of his research has been to combine geo-spatial tools, anthropological fieldwork, and marine science methods for studying artisanal fishing, socio-ecological resilience, and adaptive strategies among subsistence fishing communities in the western Solomons. This research also had applied goals and has contributed to a community-based development and conservation program in the Western Province.

Prof. Lauer is currently involved in a NSF-funded project that is assessing the impact of a recent earthquake and tsunami on western Solomon Island communities. For more information visit the project website.



Prof. Lauer was funded by the US Fulbright program and the University of California to conduct 26 months of field research among the Ye'kwana (Ye'cuana, Ye'kuana, Dhe'cwana, Yecuana, Yekuana, Yekwana) of the upper Orinoco in southern Venezuela (see map), which has served as the basis for his Ph.D. dissertation. His disseration examines fertility among the Ye'kwana both in terms of how demographers, anthropologists, biologists, and other social scientists have theorized it and how the Ye'kwana themselves perceive the fertility process. He employed a broad range of field methods including: systematic household scan sampling, micro-demography, anthropometric measurements, hunting, fishing and foraging returns for children and adults, and ethnographic interviewing. As well as village-based research, he also conducted a series of interviews in Puerto Ayacucho, the provincial capital of Amazonas, and Caracas with various indigenous rights groups, environmentalists, politicians, and other stakeholders involved in the upper Orinoco.

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