Ben Fitzhugh

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Associate Professor; Director, Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
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206 543-9604
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206 543-5240
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My research focuses on human-environmental dynamics and archaeological histories of maritime/coastal hunter-gatherers especially in the North Pacific. This research addresses questions of human vulnerability and resilience in remote subarctic environments. I collaborate widely with scholars across a range of disciplines in atmospheric, earth and biological sciences and take an historical ecological perspective on human adjustments to (and of) environments in which they live. Recent efforts include the development of international collaborations to explore the ecological and archaeological histories of the North Pacific Rim. I am coordinating a comparative marine ecological working group called Paleoecology of Subarctic Seas (PESAS), which brings together paleoclimate, paleoecology, archaeology and history to investigate similarities and differences in the human-environmental co-evolution the subarctic North Pacific and North Atlantic since the Last Glacial Maximum. I am currently Director of the Quaternary Research Center at the University of Washington, and in this role, seek to promote interdisciplinary scholarship into the evolution of the earth surface (and the role of humans in it) over the past two and a half million years. I am also a founding member of the UW Future of Ice Initiative.
<p>I teach classes on archaeological method and theory, archaeology of the Americas, Arctic Archaeology, historical ecology, interdisciplinary archaeology, and archaeological teaching, among others.</p>
<p>archaeology, historical ecology, maritime hunter-gatherers, North Pacific Rim, sustainability, resilience, social networks, human ecodynamics</p>
Selected Publications
<p>Fitzhugh, Ben. 2012. Hazards, Impacts, and Resilience among Hunter-Gatherers of the Kuril Islands.&rdquo; In Surviving Sudden Environmental Change: Answers from Archaeology, J. Cooper and P. Sheets, eds. Boulder: University of Colorado Press. Pp. 19-42.</p>
<p>Fitzhugh, Ben, S. Colby Phillips, and Erik Gjesfjeld. 2011. Modeling Variability in Hunter-Gatherer Information Networks: An Archaeological Case Study from the Kuril Islands&rdquo; Ben Fitzhugh, S. Colby Phillips, and Erik Gjesfjeld. In, Information and its Role in Hunter-Gatherer Band Adaptations, R. Whallon, W. Lovis, and R. Hitchcock, eds. UCLA Cotson Institute for Archaeology, Los Angeles. Pp. 85-115.</p>
<p>Fitzhugh, B. &amp; D.J. Kennett. 2010. Seafaring intensity and island&ndash;mainland interaction along the Pacific Coast of North America. In, The Global Origins and Development of Seafaring, eds. A. Anderson, J.H. Barrett &amp; K.V. Boyle. (McDonald Institute Monographs.) Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, pp. 69-80.</p>
<p>Fitzhugh, Ben. 2003. The Evolution of Complex Hunter-Gatherers: Archaeological Evidence from the North Pacific. Kluwer Academic- Plenum Publishers. 332 pp.</p>