Ben Fitzhugh

Person Profile

Personal Information
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Ben
Fitzhugh
Faculty
Associate Professor
Contact Information
E-Mail: 
fitzhugh@uw.edu
Mailbox: 
353100
Office Building: 
Denny
Room: 
144
Office Phone: 
206 543-3285
Academic Information
Research Summary: 
My research focuses on human-environmental dynamics in the context of the archaeological histories of maritime/coastal hunter-gatherers especially in the North Pacific. My research addresses questions of human vulnerability and resilience in remote subarctic environments cultural evolution and human-environmental dynamics. I have become increasingly interested in the role of social networks as adaptive strategies and liabilities for remote communities. I collaborate widely with scholars across a range of disciplines in atmospheric, earth and biological sciences and take a human ecological perspective on human adjustments to and of environments in which they live. A significant focus in recent years has been the development of international collaborations to explore the ecological and archaeological histories of the North Pacific Rim.
Teaching: 
I teach classes on archaeological method and theory, archaeology of the Americas, Arctic Archaeology, historical ecology, interdisciplinary archaeology, and teaching archaeology, among others.
Discipline: 
Archaeology
Keywords: 
<p>archaeology, behavioral ecology, complex hunter-gatherers, North Pacific Rim, sustainability, resilience, social networks, human ecodynamics</p>
Selected Publications
2012
Fitzhugh, Ben. 2012. Hazards, Impacts, and Resilience among Hunter-Gatherers of the Kuril Islands.” In Surviving Sudden Environmental Change: Answers from Archaeology, J. Cooper and P. Sheets, eds. Boulder: University of Colorado Press. Pp. 19-42.
2011
Fitzhugh, Ben, S. Colby Phillips, and Erik Gjesfjeld. 2011. Modeling Variability in Hunter-Gatherer Information Networks: An Archaeological Case Study from the Kuril Islands” 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.