Kevin Gibbons

Doctoral Student

I am interested in the complex relationships between human decision-making and environmental change through history. As a zooarchaeologist, my research primarily focuses interpreting data from animal remains from archaeological sites to reconstruct the conditions of livestock and landscapes in the past. I’m currently involved in a transdisciplinary, international project exploring how human settlement, social structures, and economic decisions shaped, and in turn responded to, short- and medium-term environmental changes in the Skaftártunga region of southern Iceland. Within the research cooperatives of the North Atlantic Biocultural Organisation (NABO) and the Global Human Ecodynamics Alliances (GHEA), my contributions include building statistical models for livestock improvement using biometrical data and genetic evidence from across Iceland. 

Areas of Interest:
  • zooarchaeology
  • historical ecology
  • coupled human-natural systems
  • socio-ecological systems
  • environmental archaeology
  • climate change
  • cultural heritage
  • Iceland & North Atlantic
  • dynamical systems theory
  • aDNA & paleogenetics
  • traditional ecological knowledge
Degrees
  • MS Environmental Archaeology & Palaeoeconomy, University of Sheffield, 2010
  • BA Anthropology, University of Georgia, 2009
  • AA Liberal Arts, Young Harris College, 2006

Icelandic Agricultural Heritage & Shifting Landscapes: Morphometric & Genetic Markers of Livestock Demography

Primary Investigator
Professional -   Society for American Archaeology: Climate Change Strategies & Archaeological Resources Committee
Professional -   New International Community for Historical Ecology, Steering Committee (2015-present)
Campus -   Practicing Anthropologist Student Association, President (2014-2015)
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B0104 Taliaferro Hall
Department of Anthropology
Email: gibbonsk@umd.edu