Dr. Susan A. Crate is an interdisciplinary scholar specializing in environmental and cognitive anthropology.
Dr. Crate has worked with indigenous communities in Siberia since 1988 and Viliui Sakha of northeastern Russia since 1991. Since 2006, her research has focused on local perceptions, understandings and adaptations of Viliui Sakha and other global communities in the face of unprecedented climate change—a research agenda that has expanded to Canada, Peru, Wales, Kiribati, Mongolia and the Chesapeake Bay. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, one monograph, Cows, Kin, and Globalization: An Ethnography of Sustainability (AltaMira Press 2006), and two co-edited volumes, Anthropology and Climate Change: From Encounters to Actions (Left Coast Press, Inc. 2009), and Anthropology and Climate Change: From Actions to Transformations (New York: Routledge 2016). Her work is featured in the 2015 documentary, The Anthropologist (Ironbound Films). She served on the American Anthropology Association’s Task Force on Climate Change and presently is lead author on the IPCC Special Report: Ocean and Cryosphere.