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Douglas Bird

Dept. of Anthropology | Stanford University
Presentation: "A Landscape Architecture of Fire: Cultural and Ecological Niche Construction Australia’s Western Desert."

I am an ecological anthropologist with interests in how social and ecological factors influence natural resource use, and questions at the intersection of changes in livelihoods and landscapes. My research explores the dynamics of human subsistence practices, their role in ecosystem structure, and their archaeological signatures in Australia and Western North America. I work closely with Indigenous communities, ecologists, and archaeologists on interdisciplinary topics especially concerned with the socio-ecological organization and resilience of foraging economies, fire ecology, and environmental change.