Kevin is an archaeologist focused on the historical ecology of anthropogenic, second-nature landscapes. His research centers on exploring morphometric variation in sheep bones throughout the previous millennium in Iceland and coupling these trends with long-term erosional data to ask questions around land degradation and the social/economic justice of landscapes. Kevin teaches introductory courses in sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, and physical anthropology as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, American University, and Montgomery College. His pedagogy frames these courses around environmental literacy and ecological and social resilience. He’s done fieldwork in the US Southeast & Mid-Atlantic, Iceland, the Caribbean, and England. He has degrees from Young Harris College, the University of Georgia, and the University of Sheffield and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Zooarchaeology Laboratory at the University of Maryland.   

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
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Degrees

  • Degree Type
    MS
    Degree Details
    Environmental Archaeology & Palaeoeconomy, University of Sheffield, 2010
  • Degree Type
    BA
    Degree Details
    Anthropology, University of Georgia, 2009
  • Degree Type
    AA
    Degree Details
    Liberal Arts, Young Harris College, 2006

Research

  • Icelandic Agricultural Heritage & Shifting Landscapes: Morphometric & Genetic Markers of Livestock Demography
Research Topics
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)
Kevin S Gibbons
B0104 Taliaferro Hall
Department of Anthropology
Email
gibbonsk [at] umd.edu