Self-proclaimed as an eclectic interdisciplinary anthropologist, Forline’s research in the area of indigenous knowledge of natural resources has helped him work with Amazonian communities for the last 30 years.
Many researchers would come on to their land just to document their culture and leave, without providing any real benefit to the communities.
Part of Forline’s research is identifying the causes and consequences of five different indigenous Amazon communities coming into contact with mainstream society.
In addition, Forline is helping to establish a conservation area in the Amazon.
Forline plans to expand his research efforts to examine how the forces of globalization are impacting these communities through this production chain.