Waterfowl Abundances Along the Pacific Coast During the Late Holocene

EPA Grant Number: U915763
Title: Waterfowl Abundances Along the Pacific Coast During the Late Holocene
Investigators: Bovy, Kristine M.
Institution: University of Washington
EPA Project Officer: Lee, Sonja
Project Period: September 1, 2000 through September 1, 2003
Project Amount: $90,247
RFA: STAR Graduate Fellowships (2000) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Fellowship - Social Sciences , Academic Fellowships , Environmental Justice


The objective of this research is to evaluate the effects of human hunting, climate change, and tectonic activity on waterfowl abundances along the Pacific Coast during the late Holocene.


Archaeological data can provide the critical long-term temporal dimension needed to understand the processes that have structured, and are structuring, modern biotic communities. The investigator is analyzing waterfowl remains from previously excavated archaeological sites along the Pacific Northwest Coast that date to the late Holocene. The research uses predictions drawn from foraging theory to evaluate whether human hunting pressure has had an effect on the waterfowl populations involved. To determine how waterfowl have responded to past climatic and tectonic change, data will be arrayed against independently reconstructed environmental and geological data. Identifications and age-determinations will be made using comparative skeletal collections housed in the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (University of Washington).

Expected Results:

This study will result in a better understanding of the status and future of modern populations of prehistoric waterfowl (Anatidae).

Supplemental Keywords:

social science, archaeology, waterfowl, Anatidae, ducks, birds, human hunting, climate change, tectonic events, Pacific Northwest., RFA, Scientific Discipline, Air, Geographic Area, Ecosystem Protection/Environmental Exposure & Risk, exploratory research environmental biology, Ecosystem/Assessment/Indicators, climate change, Ecological Effects - Environmental Exposure & Risk, Anthropology, Pacific Northwest, Biology, Ecological Indicators, biological activity, ecological effects, environmental monitoring, adaptive technologies, bioindicator, bioassessment, climate change effects, biological models, climate change impact, adaption mechanisms, climatic influence, bird habitat, community composition, waterfowl, archaeological research, ecological assessment, assessment methods, social science, climate variability, ecological research

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2001
  • 2002
  • Final