Douglas Bird

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Douglas Bird

Research Summary

Livelihood decisions and habitats, exploring the dynamics of human subsistence practices, their role in ecosystem function, and their archaeological implications in Australia and Western North America.

Huck Affiliations

Publication Tags

Desert Ecosystem Hunting Climate Society Subsistence Western Australia Food Deserts Hunters Altruism Effect History Human Behavior Lizards Hunter Gatherer Foraging Interaction Extinction Ecosystems Climate Change Group Size Cognition Behavioral Ecology Social Network

Most Recent Papers

A collaborative agenda for archaeology and fire science

Grant Snitker, Douglas Bird, 2022, Nature Ecology & Evolution

Climate, landscape diversity, and food sovereignty in arid Australia: The firestick farming hypothesis

R Bliege Bird, Douglas Bird, 2021, AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN BIOLOGY

Erratum

Jeffrey H. Altschul, Keith W. Kintigh, Mark Aldenderfer, Elise Alonzi, Ian Armit, Juan Antonio Barceló, Christopher S. Beekman, Penny Bickle, Douglas W. Bird, Scott E. Ingram, Elena Isayev, Andrew W. Kandel, Rachael Kiddey, Hélène Timpoko Kienon-Kaboré, Franco Niccolucci, Corey S. Ragsdale, Beth K. Scaffidi, Scott G. Ortman, 2020, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 27059

To understand how migrations affect human securities, look to the past

Jeffrey H. Altschul, Keith W. Kintigh, Mark Aldenderfer, Elise Alonzi, Ian Armit, Juan Antonio Barceló, Christopher S. Beekman, Penny Bickle, Douglas W. Bird, Scott E. Ingram, Elena Isayev, Andrew W. Kandel, Rachael Kiddey, Hélène Timpoko Kienon-Kaboré, Franco Niccolucci, Corey S. Ragsdale, Beth K. Scaffidi, Scott G. Ortman, 2020, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 20342-20345

Climate, landscape diversity, and food sovereignty in arid Australia: The firestick farming hypothesis

Rebecca Bliege Bird, Douglas W. Bird, 2020, American Journal of Human Biology

Variability in the organization and size of hunter-gatherer groups: Foragers do not live in small-scale societies

Douglas W. Bird, Rebecca Bliege Bird, Brian F. Codding, David W. Zeanah, 2019, Journal of Human Evolution on p. 96-108

Subsistence Transitions and the Simplification of Ecological Networks in the Western Desert of Australia

Stefani A. Crabtree, Douglas W. Bird, Rebecca Bliege Bird, 2019, Human Ecology on p. 165-177

Human fire legacies on ecological landscapes

Mitchell J. Power, Brian F. Codding, Alan H. Taylor, Thomas W. Swetnam, Kate E. Magargal, Douglas W. Bird, James F. O’connell, 2018, Frontiers in Earth Science

Mobility, subsistence, and technological strategies of early Holocene hunter-gatherers in the Bolivian Altiplano

José M. Capriles, Juan Albarracin-Jordan, Douglas W. Bird, Steven T. Goldstein, Gabriela M. Jarpa, Sergio Calla Maldonado, Calogero M. Santoro, 2018, Quaternary International on p. 190-205

Aboriginal burning promotes fine-scale pyrodiversity and native predators in Australia's Western Desert

Rebecca Bliege Bird, Douglas W. Bird, Luis E. Fernandez, Nyalanka Taylor, Wakka Taylor, Dale Nimmo, 2018, Biological Conservation on p. 110-118

Most-Cited Papers

Behavioral ecology and the future of archaeological science

Brian F. Codding, Douglas W. Bird, 2015, Journal of Archaeological Science on p. 9-20

Aboriginal hunting buffers climate-driven fire-size variability in Australia's spinifex grasslands

Rebecca Bliege Bird, Brian F. Codding, Peter G. Kauhanen, Douglas W. Bird, 2012, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 10287-10292

Human behaviour as a long-term ecological driver of non-human evolution

Alexis P. Sullivan, Douglas W. Bird, George H. Perry, 2017, Nature Ecology and Evolution

Niche construction and Dreaming logic

Rebecca Bliege Bird, Nyalangka Tayor, Brian F. Codding, Douglas W. Bird, 2013, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Conservation or co-evolution? Intermediate levels of aboriginal burning and hunting have positive effects on kangaroo populations in Western Australia

Brian F. Codding, Rebecca Bliege Bird, Peter G. Kauhanen, Douglas W. Bird, 2014, Human Ecology on p. 659-669

A landscape architecture of fire

Douglas W. Bird, Rebecca Bliege Bird, Brian F. Codding, Nyalangka Taylor, 2016, Current Anthropology on p. S65-S79

Variability in the organization and size of hunter-gatherer groups: Foragers do not live in small-scale societies

Douglas W. Bird, Rebecca Bliege Bird, Brian F. Codding, David W. Zeanah, 2019, Journal of Human Evolution on p. 96-108

Aboriginal burning promotes fine-scale pyrodiversity and native predators in Australia's Western Desert

Rebecca Bliege Bird, Douglas W. Bird, Luis E. Fernandez, Nyalanka Taylor, Wakka Taylor, Dale Nimmo, 2018, Biological Conservation on p. 110-118

The hierarchy of virtue

Rebecca Bliege Bird, Brooke Scelza, Douglas W. Bird, Eric Alden Smith, 2012, Evolution and Human Behavior on p. 64-78

Megafauna in a continent of small game

Douglas W. Bird, Brian F. Codding, Rebecca Bliege Bird, David W. Zeanah, Curtis J. Taylor, 2013, Quaternary International on p. 155-166