Waterfowl Abundances Along the Pacific Coast During the Late HoloceneEPA 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: Edwards, Jason
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 , Economics and Decision Sciences
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).
This study will result in a better understanding of the status and future of modern populations of prehistoric waterfowl (Anatidae).