Program: Anthropology, Ph.D.
Advisors: Don Falk, Ron Towner, Steve Kuhn
Area of Study: Northern Australia, Montana, and the Canadian Rocky Mountains
Dissertation Topic: With the sweeping decimation of bison and native American populations in the 1800s, did fire regimes change at the forest-grassland boundaries? I am investigating how small-scale landscape patches once produced by bison and indigenous burning may have given way to a more homogenous landscape more prone to large-scale, high-intensity fires.
Other Interests: remote sensing, hunter-gatherers, fire use and management, trophic cascades, pyric herbivory, pyrodendrochronology, problems of time and perspective in ecological anthropology, shifting baselines, and other human-animal-fire relationships.
Keywords: Historical ecology, fire ecology, dendrochronology, fire scars, hunter-gatherers, problems of time and perspective in ecological anthropology, shifting baselines, coupled socio-ecological systems, human-animal relationships, secondary adaptations (reactive foraging), paleoclimatology. Bridging archaeology with the ethnographic and ecological present; applied anthropology.