UCSB anthropologist explores cattle raising, deforestation, and ongoing tensions between conservation and development in the Amazon

Cowboys of Western Amazonia-- Anthropologist Jeffrey Hoelle is as great an advocate of the Amazonian rainforest as the most ardent environmentalist. However, he argues, understanding the issues related to deforestation — or development, depending on how you look at it — requires a broad view that takes into account not only political and economic factors, but also the culture of the area.

Garimpeiros: The Wildcat Gold Miners of the Amazon Rainforest

The UCSB Library presents an exhibition of photographs of illegal gold mines in the Brazilian Amazon.  Curated by Jeffrey Hoelle, UCSB Associate Professor of Anthropology.  UCSB LIBRARY, Ocean Gallery, through 8/31/18. "Digging Deeper" press release from the UCSB Current, July 6, 2018


8/19/16: Universidade Federal do Pará NCADR & IMAZON (Belém, Brazil)
8/16/16: EMBRAPA- Acre
8/11/16: Universidade Federal do Acre (Rio Branco, Brazil)
5/2/16: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2/26/16: Yale Agrarian Studies
2/24/16: Brown University

This summer I was part of a team studying small-scale artisanal gold mining in the Brazilian Amazon. As part of our research, Peter Richards used his drone to capture some dramatic scenes from above and created this short video with help from the Click here to see the video. The password is:  garimpagem. Here is a recent CNN report on gold mining and deforestation in the region.