Dr. Jim Riach
Department of Environmental Studies
ECS 335, Florida International University
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: (305)348-1209 
Fax: (305)348-6137 
E-mail: riachj@fiu.edu


Dr. Riach received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Georgia.  He is a faculty fellow of the Honors College at F.I.U. and has been an adjunct with the university for several years.  His research and teaching interests include the interconnections between ecosystem health and human well-being, with a focus on the Amazon and South Florida regions.  His work combines multiple theories and methodologies from anthropology, epidemiology, medicine, ecology, and geography.  He also specializes in traditional health knowledge and ethnobotany of native people in the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon.  He has worked on health and environmental projects among indigenous rainforest cultures including the Cayapas and the Siona-Secoya of Ecuador and the Aguaruna and Yagua of Peru.  As a member of Project Amazonas, Inc., a humanitarian and environmental research and education non-profit organization, he has helped develop integrated strategies to address health, conservation, and development needs in the Peruvian Amazon.


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    Amazon Program

Courses Taught:


Spring 2012:


EVR 3013: Ecology of South Florida


EVR 5061: Ecology of South Florida


EVR 1017: Global Environment and Society


 EVR 4415: Population and Environment


IDH 4007: Amazon Seminar



Other Courses Taught:


SYO 3400: Medical Sociology


EVR 4934: Environmental Issues Seminar

 EVR 4934: Environment and Health