Catherine West of Boston University and Courtney Hofman of the University of Oklahoma, along with their collaborators, recently published their interdisciplinary paper "Integrating archaeology and ancient DNA to address invasive species colonization in the Gulf of Alaska" in Conservation Biology. See the paper on-line here!
Catherine West was asked to comment on a recent study addressing the role of archaeology in Chesapeake Bay oyster conservation. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was featured by National Geographic.
Catherine West and her collaborators recently published an article in the Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology describing the goals, methods, and preliminary results of the Chirikof Island Project. The article is now available on line!
Catherine West was invited to participate in the National Science Foundation's "Arctic Horizons" workshop at Brown University. The purpose of this workshop was to bring "together members of the Arctic social science and indigenous communities to reassess the goals, potentials, and needs of these diverse communities and ASSP within the context of a rapidly changing circumpolar North.” For more information about the series of workshops happening across the country, visit the Arctic Horizons website.
Dr. Christina Giovas of the University of Queensland visited the Zooarchaeology Lab to present her research on animal translocations in the Caribbean with a talk entitled "How to Travel with a Possum and Other Tales of Biological Invasion: Reconstructing Pre-Columbian Mammal Translocations in the Lesser Antilles, West Indies."
Students in Professor Catherine West's spring course - Archaeology 308: Archaeological Research Design and Materials Analysis - learned to do hands-on archaeological research using collections on loan from the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, Alaska. Our class is featured on the BU Zooarchaeology Lab blog and in the spring newsletter from the Alutiiq Museum, which is seen by museum members around the world!
Congratulations to BU senior Christine Mikeska, who successfully defended her honor thesis "Food or Fur: A Systematic Analysis of Dog Bones Cutmarks from the Uyak Site on Kodiak Island, Alaska." We will miss you in the lab, Christine!
Boston University graduate student Aviva Cormier presented her work "A Case Study of Skeletal Dysplasia Inheritance and Maternal/Fetal Health from a Middle Woodland Context at the Elizabeth Site (11PK512), Illinois" in collaboration with Dr. Jane Buikstra.
The poster may be viewed here:
...and look for an upcoming publication, as well!
Catherine West spoke in the University of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Conservation's spring seminar series and shared her work on invasive species management and archaeology in a talk entitled "Applied Archaeology? Zooarchaeology, Genetics, and Landscape Reconstruction in the Arctic."
Dr. Torrey Rick of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History visited the Department of Archaeology on Wednesday, February 17, to present his work on oyster management and historical ecology in the Chesapeake Bay.