James Veteto is an environmental anthropologist specializing in ethnoecology, agrobiodiversity studies, sustainable agricultural systems, sustainable development, food and culture, and alternative political ecologies. He is the Director of the Laboratory of Environmental Anthropology and the Southern Seed Legacy project at UNT and Executive Director of the Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies. James has worked with local and indigenous communities in southern Appalachia, the Ozarks, and the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains of NW Mexico. His work has focused specifically on comparative agrobiodiversity inventories, farmer decision making, and conservation strategies in mountain ecosystems. James is also currently conducting research on biocultural diversity and the political ecology of climate change on Appalachian orchards and alternative ecology movementsâ€”including bioregionalism, permaculture, and ecovillages. Dr. Veteto is the current president of the Culture and Agriculture section of the American Anthropological Association and a research associate at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.