I am a geochemical zooarchaeologist, theoretically grounded in evolutionary ecology. My research focuses on environmental adaptations and regional economic systems within prehistoric communities in Western North America. This research broadly addresses resource use, procurement, and organization within subsistence and non-subsistence artifact classes. I am specifically interested in understanding how the dynamic relationship between human populations, animal populations, environment, and climate affect human behavior and society through time. This integrative ecosystem approach provides me the opportunity to study changes in subsistence strategies, the development of regional procurement systems, the adoption of domestication, technological innovation, regional abandonment, and human behavioral adaptations.
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