I am an archaeologist working in the neotropics with interests in historical ecology, tropical forest ecology, zooarchaeology, vertebrate taphonomy, and Amazonian ethnography. I have participated in field projects throughout the Western Hemisphere and Africa. I received the Ph. D in Anthropology from the University of Illinois in 1984.
Over the years, most of my research contributions have come from Ecuador. My current projects include Early Holocene zooarchaeology of Las Vegas assemblages in southwestern Ecuador, and excavations and analyses of Formative archaeological contexts in the southern highlands. We are currently in the early planning stages of a multi-year archaeological/historical ecological project in the Galápagos Islands. I also collaborate with Clark Erickson (University of Pennsylvania) in his research projects in the Amazonian Department of the Beni, Bolivia.
2013 - 2014 Courses
Spring 2014: ANTH 392 A01 Archaeology of the Amazon, ANTH 482/ ANTH 520 B Seminar in Archaeology: Ancient Environments
2013 Early Dogs and Endemic South American Canids of the Spanish Main. Journal of Anthropological Research 69 (4).
2013 Historical Ecology and Environmental Archaeology. In, Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, edited by Claire Smith. Springer Science and Business Media, New York.
2013 Vertebrate Taphonomy in Archaeological Research. In, Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, edited by Claire Smith. Springer Science and Business Media, New York.
2013 Garden Hunting. In, Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, edited by Claire Smith. Springer Science and Business Media, New York.
2012 Interactions Between Humans and Endemic Canids in Holocene South America. Journal of Ethnobiology 32:108-127.
2012 (with G Larson et al.) Rethinking dog domestication by integrating genetics, archaeology, and biogeography. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 109:8878-8883.
2012 (with D. M. Pearsall) Late Pre-Columbian Agroforestry in the Tropical Lowlands of Western Ecuador. Quaternary International 249:43-52.
2012 (with D. M. Pearsall), The Origins and Spread of Early Agriculture and Domestication: Environmental and Cultural Considerations. In, The SAGE Handbook of Environmental Change: Vol. 2, Human Impacts and Responses, edited by John A. Matthews, Patrick J. Bartlein, Keith R. Briffa, Alastair G. Dawson, Anne De Vernal, Tim Denham, Sherilyn Fritz, and Frank Oldfield, pp. 328-354. Sage, London.
2011 Ethnobiology, Historical Ecology, the Archaeofaunal Record, and Interpreting Human Landscapes. In Ethnobiology, edited by E.N. Anderson, D. Pearsall, E. Hunn, and N. Turner, pp. 97-114. Wiley-Blackwell, New York.
2011 Periodic Volcanism, Persistent Landscapes, and the Archaeofaunal Record in the Jama Valley of Western Ecuador. In Sustainable Lifeways: Cultural Persistence in an Ever-Changing Environment, edited by Naomi Miller, Kate Moore and Kathleen Ryan, pp. 273-309. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia
2011 Archaeofaunal Remains. In, Excavations at Cerro de Trincheras, Sonora, México. Vol. 1, edited by Randall H. McGuire and Elisa Villalpando, pp. 323-387. Archaeological Series 204. Arizona State Museum, Tucson.
2010 The Arawak Diaspora. Latin American Antiquity 21: 217-223.
2010 (with A. Oyuela Caycedo, and J. S. Raymond) Cerro Narrío y Max Uhle: El arqueólogo como agente del desarrollo de la arqueología Ecuatoriana. In Max Uhle (1856-1944) Evaluaciones de sus Investigaciones y Obras, edited by Peter Kaulicke, Manuela Fischer, Peter Masson, and Gregor Wolff, pp. 359-377. Fondo Editorial, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima.