Ben Marwick

Person Profile

Personal Information
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Associate Professor
Contact Information
bmarwick at uw dot edu
Office Building: 
Condon Hall 404
Office Phone: 
(206) 543-6825
Alternate Phone: 
(206) 552-9450
Academic Information
Research Summary: 
My main research activity is using models from evolutionary ecology to analyse past human behaviour in mainland Southeast Asia and Australia. My technical specialisations in stone artefact technology and geoarchaeology provides me with wide scope in time periods and geography. My specific interests include the hominin colonisation of mainland Southeast Asia, forager technologies and ecology in Australia and mainland Southeast Asia, and transitions to agriculture in mainland Southeast Asia.
<p>I regularly teach these courses: ARCHY 109 Archaeology in Film, ARCHY 309 Mainland Southeast Asian Archaeology, ARCHY 319 Australian Archaeology, ARCHY 482 Geoarchaeology; and ARCHY 509 Archaeology and Explanation. From time to time I teach other courses including international field schools. I routinely advise students doing undergraduate research projects for ARCHY 499 Undergraduate Research. In my teaching I strive to ensure that the students can demonstrate the skills that I teach them. I am committed to providing students with engaging learning experiences that inspires creative inquiry and instills in them the desire to learn more. I strive to cultivate in my students both critical thinking and the effective articulation of that thinking in various forms including writing and discussion. Teaching is a vital source of inspiration for my research.</p>
<p>Evolutionary ecology, archaeology, stone artefact technology; geoarchaeology; Mainland Southeast Asia, Australia and South Africa</p>
Selected Publications
<p>Mackay, A. and B. Marwick 2011. Costs and benefits in technological decision making under variable conditions: examples from the late Pleistocene in southern Africa. In B. Marwick and A. Mackay (eds) Keeping your Edge: Recent Approaches to the Organisation of Stone Artefact Technology. BAR S2273.</p>
<p>Marwick, B. and M. K. Gagan 2011. Late Pleistocene monsoon variability in northwest Thailand: an oxygen isotope sequence from the bivalve Margaritanopsis laosensis excavated in Mae Hong Son province. Quaternary Science Reviews 30(21-22): 3088-3098</p>