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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.

News & Announcements

New Faculty in Sociology:

Dr. Melanie S. Brasher has joined the department as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University in 2013. Prior to coming to URI, Dr. Brasher was a visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Dickinson College. Her appointment is a joint appointment in Sociology and in Human Development and Family Studies where she will participate in the Gerontology program. For more info click here.

Dr. Hilda Lloreans has joined the department as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut in 2005. Prior to coming to URI, she was a visiting Assistant Professor at Brown University and a Lecturer at Middlebury College. She has also held positions as a Research Associate at the University of Puerto Rico and at the Institute for Community Research in Hartford, Connecticut. For more info click here.

Early Career Faculty Research Award

For the second year in a row, an anthropologist has been awarded the University’s Early Career Research Award. Assistant Professor Holly Dunsworth received the 2014 award for her research comparing energy use in apes and other mammals with particular reference to how the energetics and metabolic parameters of pregnancy, fetal growth, infant growth, and lactation and how those determine the timing of birth in humans and other mammals. Kudos to Holly!!!

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