West and Hofman article in Conservation Biology

By Catherine WestFebruary 16th, 2017

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!



West in National Geographic

By Catherine WestSeptember 23rd, 2016

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.

West at NSF’s Arctic Horizons Workshop

By Catherine WestJune 9th, 2016

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.

Possums and the Caribbean: Dr. Giovas in the Zooarchaeology Lab

By Catherine WestMay 3rd, 2016

Giovas #2 copyDr. 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."

Archaeology 308 in the community

By Catherine WestApril 22nd, 2016

IMG_2034AR308 students learn to flintknap and grind stone with BU graduate student Justin Holcomb. Photo by Peri Tur.

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 Christine Mikeska!

By Catherine WestApril 22nd, 2016

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!

Makiska Honors Thesis


West speaks at UMass

By Catherine WestApril 21st, 2016

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. Torben Rick visits the Archaeology Department

By Catherine WestFebruary 21st, 2016

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.

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