ABOUT ME

I am a human ecologist and archaeologist interested in how human populations both adapt to and modify their environments. Most of my work concerns the population and behavioral ecology of past peoples, particularly in precolonial and early colonial North America (New England and the Southeast) and the western Balkans (Albania, Kosova, and Montenegro). My research focuses on topics such as population growth and decline, changing subsistence economies, ecosystem engineering and niche construction, and the dynamics of cooperation and competition. I have conducted archaeological fieldwork at sites spanning the last 13,000 years in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and also in the European countries of Kosova and Montenegro.

 

I am involved in two main ongoing research projects in North America. First, I am working with several collaborators to understand the context of initial domestication in Middle and Late Holocene Eastern North America with emphases on modeling human population growth, interpersonal cooperation, inter-group competition, and the energetics of foraging and food production. This project seeks to explore whether or not domestication resulted from economic intensification.

 

Second, my dissertation research seeks to better understand the ecological consequences of European settler-colonialism in 17th century New England. In this project, I specifically investigate how white-tailed deer - one of the most important natural resources of the time - were impacted by colonialism, capitalism, and changes in anthropogenic ecosystem engineering/niche construction in the region.

 

In addition to these two main projects of mine, I have also collaborated on research with other archaeologists, ethnographers, demographers, and paleontologists.
 

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