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

Hunting Society Ecosystem Desert Climate Western Australia Effect Food Foraging History Archaeology Interaction Climate Change Group Size Cognition Group Lizards Population Human Behavior Deserts Conservation Hunters Coevolution Ranking Hunter Gatherer

Most Recent Publications

A collaborative agenda for archaeology and fire science

Grant Snitker, Christopher Roos, Alan Sullivan, S. Maezumi, Douglas W. Bird, Michael Coughlan, Kelly Derr, Linn Gassaway, Anna Klimaszewski-Patterson, Rachel Loehman, 2022, Nature Ecology and Evolution on p. 835-839

Foraging Theory

Jeremy Koster, Douglas Bird, 2022,

Deconstructing Hunting Returns: Can We Reconstruct and Predict Payoffs from Pursuing Prey?

Eugène Morin, Douglas Bird, Bruce Winterhalder, Rebecca Bliege Bird, 2021, Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory on p. 1-63

Mass procurement and prey rankings: insights from the European rabbit

Eugène Morin, Rebecca Bliege Bird, Douglas Bird, 2020, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences

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

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 on p. e23527

Jeremy Koster, Richard McElreath, Kim Hill, Douglas Yu, Glenn Shepard, Shepard, Glenn, Jr., Van Vliet, Nathalie, Nathalie Van Vliet, Michael Gurven, Benjamin Trumble, Rebecca Bliege Bird, R Bliege Bird, Douglas Bird, Brian Codding, Lauren Coad, Luis Pacheco-Cobos, Bruce Winterhalder, Karen Lupo, Dave Schmitt, Paul Sillitoe, Margaret Franzen, Michael Alvard, Vivek Venkataraman, Thomas Kraft, Kirk Endicott, S Beckerman, Stuart Marks, Thomas Headland, Margaretha Pangau-Adam, Anders Siren, Karen Kramer, Russell Greaves, Victoria Reyes-García, Victoria Reyes-Garcia, Maximilien Gueze, Maximilien Guèze, Romain Duda, Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares, Alvaro Fernandez-Llamazares, Sandrine Gallois, Lucentezza Napitupulu, Roy Ellen, John Ziker, Martin Nielsen, Elspeth Ready, Christopher Healey, Cody Ross, 2020, Science advances

R Bliege Bird, Rebecca Bliege Bird, Chloe McGuire, Douglas W. Bird, Michael Price, David Zeanah, Dale Nimmo, 2020, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 12904-12914

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

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

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

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

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

A landscape architecture of fire: Cultural emergence and ecological pyrodiversity in Australia’s Western Desert

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

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

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

Richard G. Klein, Douglas W. Bird, 2016, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology on p. 198-205

Megafauna in a continent of small game: Archaeological implications of Martu Camel hunting in Australia's Western Desert

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

R Bliege Bird, Rebecca Bliege Bird, Chloe McGuire, Douglas W. Bird, Michael Price, David Zeanah, Dale Nimmo, 2020, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on p. 12904-12914