LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — University of Wyoming Associate Professor of Anthropology Sarah Strauss has been appointed to the American Anthropological Association's new nine-member task force on global climate change.

Officials with the association say the task force's primary objectives include producing a guiding document to recognize human contributions to global climate change-related issues.

The group also will develop curricula for teaching about climate issues.

Strauss says anthropology has a primary obligation to contribute to climate change research by helping people in local communities understand and communicate the potential risks associated with global environmental change in their own area.

Strauss has conducted research on climate change for nearly 20 years.