The 2021 Frederick and Joan Barkalow Distinguished Conservationist Lecture will feature Dr. Caleb Hickman, Supervisory Biologist for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. He will present, “Research with Tribes: A Suggested Framework for the Co-production of Knowledge.”
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Hickman is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, one of the three federally recognized tribes of Cherokee descent. After leaving Oklahoma, he received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Missouri Valley College, masters at Missouri State University and Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hickman has authored and co-authored many publications at the edge of ecology and social science. He has also worked with a variety of species across various ecosystems before finding his dream job as the Supervisory Biologist for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Currently, with a small team, Hickman works to study and conserve a variety of game and non-game fish and wildlife species and their habitats within the Cherokee homeland. He uses a combination of science-based management coupled with a socio-ecological perspective with an eye toward preserving traditional knowledge for the tribe. Hickman enjoys hunting, fishing, and hiking in the mountains, reading Cherokee history, and participating in Cherokee cultural events, including, when he is able, the traditional stickball game. He is married with two wonderful sons.