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Kristine Bovy

Kristine Bovy

Assistant Professor


Ph.D., University of Washington (Seattle)

Coastal Archaeology, Zooarchaeology

Kris Bovy is a zooarchaeologist, specializing in the analysis of animal bones from archaeological sites in North America. She earned a B.S. (with distinction) in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and went on to complete her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Washington (Seattle).

The focus of her research is on the history of human and animal interactions in marine settings. Kris attempts to both better understand past human behavior and generate data to address contemporary environmental and biological conservation issues. Archaeology can provide the critical long-term temporal dimension needed to understand human response to gradual and abrupt environmental changes (e.g., climate change, tectonic events, sea level rise) and also the current status of modern animal populations. Kris has conducted analysis and fieldwork in a wide variety of settings throughout North America, but specializes in the analysis of bird bones from shell midden sites in the Pacific Northwest Coast.

Kris is a member of URI's Archaeology Group, a multidisciplinary team of faculty who teach archaeology and related courses in the departments of Anthropology, Art, History, and Philosophy. She teaches introductory and advanced undergraduate courses, including Introduction to Archaeology, Archaeological Method and Theory, Coastal Archaeology, and Seminar in Cultural heritage.

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Carlos Garcia-Quijano was selected to receive the 2013 Early Career Faculty Reseach Award in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities.Kudos to him!

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