Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle, 2009
M.A., Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle, 2003
B.A., History, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, 1999
My research interests focus on two questions in archaeology: 1) what are the effects of Holocene climate change and resource availability on prehistoric subsistence in Arctic and Subarctic ecosystems, particularly in coastal Alaska; and 2) how can we apply the archaeological record to contemporary environmental issues? To address these questions, I am employing zooarchaeological and stable isotope data in the context of historical ecology and evolutionary ecology to clarify the long-term relationship between hunter-gatherers and the Gulf of Alaska environment. In addition, I am committed to promoting the relevance of these data for indigenous communities and marine resource managers by participating in collaborative research projects inspired by contemporary environmental concerns.
2012 West, Catherine F., Stephen Wischniowski, and Christopher Johnston. Pacific Cod (Gadus macrocephalus)Otoliths as a Paleothermometer: Otolith Oxygen Isotope Reconstruction in the Gulf of Alaska. Journal of Archaeological Science. In press.
2011 West, Catherine F., Stephen Wischniowski, and Christopher Johnston. Little Ice Age Climate: Gadus macrocephalusotoliths as a measure of local variability. In The Archaeology of North Pacific Fisheries, edited by Madonna Mossand Aubrey Cannon, pp 31-44. University of Alaska Press, Fairbanks.
2011 West, Catherine F. A Revised Radiocarbon Sequence for New Karlukand the Implications for Kodiak Island Prehistory. Arctic Anthropology 48(1): 80-92.
2009 West, Catherine Foster, Kodiak Island's Prehistoric Fisheries: Human Dietary Response to Climate Change and Resource Availability. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 4(2):223-239.
2006 Foster, Catherine W., Faunal Analysis. The Archaeology of Horseshoe Cove: Excavations at KOD-415, Uganik Island, Kodiak Archigelago, Alaska, edited by Patrick Saltonstall and Amy Steffian. Occasional Papers in Alaskan Field Archaeology No. 1, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Alaska Region.
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Department of Anthropology
University of Maine
5773 S. Stevens Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5773
Uganik Island in the Kodiak archipelago, Alaska.