Dr. Richard Scaglion is a four-field anthropologist with a focus in human ecology and wide-ranging interests throughout the discipline. Concentrating in the Pacific Islands, his general research topics have included human migration and mobility in Oceania, people’s relationships with their natural environments, and the rise of social complexity. His applied work has involved police studies, legal pluralism, and sustainable development in island nations. He has a special relationship with the Abelam people of Papua New Guinea that began in 1974-76 and continues to the present. He was UCIS Research Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh and is Research Associate at Carnegie Museum of Natural History and President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Archaeological Research Institute (IARII).