Hello, my name is Gordon Lewis Ulmer and I am a Ph.D. candidate of anthropology at The Ohio State University. I have been conducting research in the Amazonian region of Madre de Dios, Peru since 2008, documenting the roles conservation-based labor plays in the lives of local and migrant workers in the region. My research examines the material, social, and cultural outcomes for families that have depended on livelihoods in both natural resource extraction and biodiversity conservation. Specifically, I focus on the interconnections and interdependencies of conservation-based labor (e.g., ecotourism, NGO work, etc.) and extractive labor (e.g., gold mining, logging, hydro-carbon exploration, etc.).
In September 2013 the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board awarded me a year-long Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship. With this support, I am conducting ethnographic research in Andes and Amazonia Peru until mid 2015.
This blog is a curated dossier of my ethnographic experiences, which includes written observations of novel moments in the field, photography and filmic representations of fieldwork, and other research ephemera. Here, I synthesize my passions as a fieldworker, social scientist, scholar, visual artist, and musician, while focusing efforts to engage the public about my research and anthropology.