North America

ARTHUR E. BOGAN

In addition to his work in Yemen, Arthur has also worked on molluscan remains from the southeastern United States, spanning from Pleistocene to early historic deposits. His focus has shifted from subsistence to problems of interpreting freshwater habitats based on species of mussels and gastropods present. He is interested in comparison of archaeological and modern faunas from the same areas to assess levels of change, extirpation and extinction in the freshwater molluscan fauna. For a selection of Arthur's publications, please refer to the publications page.

KENNETH M. BROWN

Kenneth’s research is primarily focussed on analysing and interpreting terrestrial mollusc remains from sites in the Texas and Southern Plains region. His key areas of interest are palaeoenvironmental interpretations, subsistence, biodiversity (especially in relation to continental Gastropoda), and numerical methods of interpretation. For some insights into Kenneth’s work, see http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/spotlights/snails/snails.html For a selection of Kenneth’s publications, please refer to the publications page.

GREG CAMPBELL

In addition to Greg's archaeomalacological research in Atlantic Europe, Greg has an interest in the exploitation of echinoderms (sea urchins) in Egypt and the Pacific coast of North America. For a selection of Greg's publications, please refer to the publications page.

CARL C. CHRISTENSEN

Carl's focus is upon terrestrial snails, with interests encompassing landsnail biology as well as the effects of human activity upon landsnail populations. This latter interest includes research into landsnail extinctions and the introduction and translocation of landsnail species. He has conducted research in Hawaii, the southwestern United States (especially Arizona), northwest Mexico (especially Baja California) and northwest Australia. For a selection of Carl's publications, please refer to the publications page.

CHERYL CLAASSEN

Cheryl has studied archaeological shell from various areas in and around North America, including eastern USA, Arizona, Mexico and the Aleutian Islands. In addition, she has conducted research in France and Serbia. Her archaeomalacological interests are broad, and encompass historic shell-based industries as well as issues centring on gender and symbolism. For a selection of Cheryl's publications, please refer to the publications page.

ARLENE FRADKIN

In addition to Arlene's work in Israel, she has also investigated a number of sites more locally in Florida. These include both coastal and riverine sites, with her interests being centred on subsistence, trade and folk classification systems. For a selection of Arlene's publications, please refer to the publications page. 

KATIE V. KIRAKOSIAN

Katie works in the New England area and has particular interests in shell midden theory, non-subsistence-related uses of shellfish and native oral histories relating to shellfish.

LAURA KOZUCH

Laura has worked in a number of locations around the eastern United States including Cahokia (IL), Spiro (OK), Etowah (GA), Moundville (AL), Seminole Rest (FL), and Minim Island (SC). Her interests within archaeomalacology are centred on trade, artefact reproduction, and symbology. For a selection of Laura's publications, please refer to the publications page.

MARK PLEW

Mark’s focus is assessing the nutritional contributions of shellfish.  He has worked in the Northern Great Basin in the US and has investigated a number of shell middens along the Snake River in Idaho as well as midden sites in the northern Amazon (Guyana).  


IRVY QUITMYER

Based in Florida, Irvy has worked in many of the surrounding regions, including Central America and southeastern North America, as well as the Caribbean. His interests include zooarchaeological methods, sclerochronology, hunter/fisher/gatherer subsistence, maritime adaptations, anthropogenic change in environments as well as animal populations, and world climate. For a selection of Irvy's publications, please refer to the publications page.

TORBEN RICK

Torben's major research areas are the Californian Channel Islands and the North American Pacific Coast in general. Within archaeomalacology, his particular interests are investigations of subsistence, historical ecology and taphonomy. For a selection of Torben's publications, please refer to the publications page.

JAMES W. TAYLOR

James's primary research interests within archaeomalacology include palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, assessing environmental variability and social complexity, and investigating issues of human diet and migration. He is presently conducting research in three major areas; Kodiak Island in Alaska, East Timor, and the Kuril Islands in the Russian Far East. He is currently utilising modern and archaeological Saxidmus giganteus (giant butter clam) shells from the Karluk 1 and Karluk 31 sites at the mouth of the Karluk River to investigate sea surface temperatures, productivity and upwelling from the Shelikof Strait through stable oxygen and carbon isotope measurements (Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca). He is also attempting to create a marine radiocarbon calibration for the region with variable ΔR values through time, adjusted for changes in upwelling during different periods. For a selection of James's publications, please refer to the publications page.