Pfeiffer, Jeanine M.

Pfeiffer, Jeanine M.

Lecturer AY-B, Humanities
Lecturer AY-B, Environmental Studies





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  • Doctor of Philosophy, Ecology, Univ Of Cal-Davis, 2004
  • Master of Science, University of California at Davis, 1993
  • Bachelor of Arts, Boston University, 1988



AMS/ENVS/HUM 159: Nature and World Cultures
ENVS 10: Life on a Changing Planet


Ethnoecology, biocultural diversity conservation, gender and the environment, traditional ecological knowledge, indigenous resource management, community-based & participatory action research, agrobiodiversity, agroecology, cultural ecology, historical ecology, ecotourism, biological invasions and biocultural diversity.



Pfeiffer, J. 2019. “Fill in the Blanks.” Forthcoming in Collateral.

Pfeiffer, J. 2019. “Holdfast.” Forthcoming in The Portland Review in Winter 2019.

Pfeiffer, J. 2019. “Kleptomaniacs and Mudflat Heroes Make Me Swoon.” Forthcoming in Awake in the World, Volume II by Riverfeet Press in 2019.

Pfeiffer, J. 2019. “Class Divisions.” Forthcoming in the inaugural print issue of Inverted Syntax in January 2019.

Pfeiffer, J. 2018. “The Language of Silence.” Forthcoming in the print Camas in Winter 2018.

Pfeiffer, J. 2018. “A Heart. A Monster.” First weekly CNF Contest winner; online and in the Fall 2018 print issue of Silver Needle Press. (Nominated for a Pushcart Prize.)

Pfeiffer, J. 2018. “Of Fur Not Fowl (Or How Not to Catch a Tiger).” The Citron Review Fall 2018. (Nominated for a Pushcart Prize.)

Pfeiffer, J. 2018. “Photocopy.” Sky Island Journal No. 4, Spring 2018. 

Pfeiffer, J. 2018. “Where the Buffalo Roam?” Finalist in national essay contest. Flyway Journal of Writing and the Environment Spring 2018. 

Pfeiffer, J. 2018. “We have better options than killing bison.” High Country News, January 18, 2018.   

Pfeiffer, J. 2017. “Students collaborate with California tribes.” SJSU College of Humanities & the Art, Expressions. 

Pfeiffer, J. 2017. “Bite Me.” Lowestoft Chronicle. 

Pfeiffer, J. 2016. “My Roadkill Habit.” Finalist in Hunger Mountain creative nonfiction essay contest. 

Pfeiffer, J. with B. Goldfarb and M. Serpas. M. Wendel, ed. May 18th, 2015. Writing and the Environment, A Roundtable Discussion. Bellevue Literary Review. 

Pfeiffer, J. 2015. “Until We Have Loved.” Finalist in national essay contest. Hippocampus Magazine, November Issue (Nominated for a Pushcart Prize; republished in two separate anthologies).

Pfeiffer, J. 2015. “Indonesian Dungeons (and Dragons).” Longform essay published in three parts in Nowhere [online] blog.

Pfeiffer, J. 2014. “All Our Relations.” Bellevue Literary Review special issue “Our Fragile Environment.” (Nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the John Burroughs Nature Essay Award.)

Pfeiffer, J. with 7 other authors. 2014. “Interactive learning about biocultural diversity: university students engage tribes.” Langscape 3(1):54-61.

Pfeiffer, J. 2014. “Yes.” Between the Lines (Inaugural issue). Oakland: Holy Names University. [online] URL

Pfeiffer, J.  2014. “A dissertation on the pit latrine. Nowhere 11:11.

Pfeiffer, J. interview with Julian Galarza, Sr. 2014. Keeping tribal culture alive in the 21st century. It’s hard – and it’s good. Langscape 2(13):50-53.



Pfeiffer, J. with 7 other authors. 2014. “Interactive learning about biocultural diversity: university students engage tribes.” Langscape 3(1):54-61.  

Pfeiffer J., M. Rocha, B. McConnell and the Yurok Tribe. November 2010. “Native Science, Harvesting, and Conservation.”

Pfeiffer, J.M., with the Tado and Waerebo Communities, and Lizzie Gish. 2010. Countering the Loss of Knowledge, Practices, and Species on Flores Island. Pages 55-58 in L. Maffi and E. Woodley, eds., Biocultural Diversity Conservation: A Global Sourcebook. Earthscan Publications, London and Washington DC. ISBN 978-1-84407-929-9. [A previous version is available as Pages 81-87 in in L. Maffi and E. Woodley, eds., Global Source Book for Biocultural Diversity: Worldwide Experiences in an Integrated Approach to Sustaining Cultures and Biodiversity. [online] URL:]

Pfeiffer, J.M. and R. Voeks. 2008. Biological invasions and biocultural diversity: linking ecological and cultural systems. Environmental Conservation 35(4):1-13. doi:10.1017/S0376892908005146.

Pfeiffer, J.M., Mia, R., Erni, B. and I. Faridah. 2007. Traditional remedies for women’s and children’s health issues on Flores Island. Pages 223-233 in Sutarjadi, et al., editors, Women’s Health and Traditional Medicine. Surabaya: Airlangga University Press.

Pfeiffer, J.M. and E. Huerta Ortiz. 2007. Invasive plants impact California native plants used in traditional basketry. Fremontia 35(1):7-13.

Pfeiffer, J.M., Dun, S., Mulawarman, B. and K. J. Rice. 2006. Biocultural diversity in traditional rice-based agroecosystems: indigenous research and conservation of mavo (Oryza sativa L.) upland rice landraces of eastern Indonesia. Environment, Development, and Sustainability 8(4):609-625.

Pfeiffer, J.M. and R.J. Butz. 2005. Assessing cultural and ecological variation in ethnobiological research: the importance of gender. Journal of Ethnobiology 25(2): 240-278.

Pfeiffer, J., and Y. Uril. 2003. The role of indigenous parataxonomists in botanical inventory: from Herbarium Amboinense to Herbarium Floresensis. Telopea 10(1): 61-72. [This article has been translated into Bahasa Indonesia.]

Pfeiffer, J. and E. Espeland. 2003. Book Review. Egan, D., and E. A. Howell, editors. 2001. The historical ecology handbook: a restorationists' guide to reference ecosystems. Island Press, Washington, D. C., USA. Society & Ecology 7(1):11. [online] URL: 

Pfeiffer, J. 2002. Gendered interpretations of biocultural diversity in Eastern Indonesia: ethnoecology in the transition zone. Pages 43-63 in: H. Lansdowne, W. Neilson and P. Dearden eds., Communities in Southeast Asia: Challenges and Responses. Victoria (Canada): Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives.



Magaster, D. with J. Pfeiffer. 2017. University Science Professor Decides to Live Carbon Neutral in a Shuttle Bus. 11 minutes.  (>655K views) 

Pfeiffer, J. 2015. Climate Change & Indigenous Peoples. Presented at the SUNY-Plattsburgh Adirondack Climate Reality Conference. 32 minutes.

Pfeiffer, J. 2014. Wet Mouth. A poem set to music and images. Debuted at the Fishtrap Writer’s Conference in Wallowa, Oregon.

Pfeiffer, J. 2014. Clear Lake Hitch: A Threatened Keystone. Presented as part of public testimony at the August 6th 2014 California Fish and Game Commission meeting in San Diego (CA) where the hitch was officially listed as a threatened species.



J. Pfeiffer featured as a case study in “The Professor and Her Champion,” pages 134-145 in Mok, K. 2018. Modern House Bus: Mobile Tiny House Inspirations. New York: The Countryman Press.

Pearce, C and J. Pfeiffer with San José State University students. 2018. Pomo Cradle Baskets: An Introduction. 24 pages. Beauty & Love Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9997535-1-4

EL Dollar story illustrated by San José State University students with S. Smith-Ferri and J. Pfeiffer. 2018. Waterdog & the Love Charm. 72 pages. Beauty & Love Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9997535-0-7

Wilburn, S and J. Pfeiffer with San José State University students. 2018. The Beadwork of Stewart Wilburn. 24 pages. Beauty & Love Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9997535-2-1

Pfeiffer, J.  “Until We Have Loved,” pages 40-49 in Tabios, ER, ed., 2018. Humanity: An Anthology, Volume 1. San Mateo, Paloma Press.

Pfeiffer, J. “Until We Have Loved,” pages 61-71 in Talarico, D, ed., 2017. Selected Memories: Five Years of Hippocampus Magazine. Hippocampus Magazine and Books.

Peter P, N Lara, and J. Pfeiffer. 2015. Stewart Wilburn. 29-page photo essay.

Pfeiffer, J with the Tado Community (Masyarakat Tado). 2012. Once Sacred Fruits – Human and Cultural Ecology of the Manggarai, Flores Island Indonesia: Community-Based Biocultural Diversity. Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany. ISBN 978-3-659-15512-3

Pfeiffer JM. 2011. Case study in C.J. Ellick and J.E. Watkins, eds., The Anthropology Graduate's Guide: From Student to A Career. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.

Pfeiffer J, Wyse Jackson, D, and PS Wyse Jackson. 1998. The Establishment of a Computerized Collections Registration System for Kebun Raya Indonesia. BGCI News 3(1) [online] URL:

Pfeiffer J.  Wild Orchids of Indonesia. Bogor: Indonesian Botanic Gardens (Kebun Raya Indonesia). ISBN 9798012925

Suhirman and Pfeiffer, J, editors. 1995.  The Role of Flora in the World Economy and Its Conservation. Bogor: Indonesian Botanic Gardens (Kebun Raya Indonesia). ISBN 979853901X

Suhirman, Butler, G, Fuaddini, Pfeiffer, J, Richardson, M and Suhendar, editors. 1994.  Strategies for Flora Conservation in Asia.   Bogor: Indonesian Botanic Gardens (Kebun Raya Indonesia). ISBN 9798594002



2008 – 2011        NSF RCN-UBE Grant No. DBI-0840946 Education Network in Ethnobiology

2008 – 2010        NIH-ICBG Grant No. RFA-TW-08-003 Biodiversity Surveys in Indonesia

2005 – 2007        Training Grants, Indonesian Ministry of Forestry      

2003 – 2004        University of California Pacific Rim Research Grant 

2000 - 2003        UC Davis NSF-IGERT for Biological Invasions; Student Fellowship

1999 – 2004        University Research Expeditions Program – Field Research Grants           1999 – 2004        U.S. Fulbright Commission - Student Award for Research in Indonesia