Research: Papers Delivered
"Energy flow at high altitude." American Anthropological Association, New Orleans. 1973.
"Foraging strategy adaptations of the boreal forest Cree." Institute of Environmental Studies/Anthropology Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison. December, 1977.
"Optimal foraging in the forest Cree Indians of northern Ontario." Anthropology Department, University of California, Berkeley. February, 1978.
"Evolutionary ecology hypotheses concerning group formation in foraging populations." Symposium on Hunter-Gatherer Aggregation and Dispersion, SUNY at Binghamton. April, 1978.
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"Optimal foraging in a patchy environment: An analysis of Cree hunting and gathering."American Anthropological Association, Los Angeles. November, 1978.
"Optimal foraging strategies in the boreal forest Cree." Department of Biology,Syracuse University. February, 1979.
"Environmental description and the analysis of human-ecological systems." Society for Applied Anthropology, Philadelphia. March, 1979.
"Foraging strategy adaptations of the boreal forest Cree." American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Niagara Falls, New York. April, 1979.
"Snowshoes and snowmobiles: Indian hunters of northern Ontario." Department of Anthropology, Virginia Commonwealth University. December, 1981. back to top
"Prehistoric Indian hunters of northern Ontario." NSF Supported Program for Middle School Students, Richmond, Virginia. December, 1981.
"Cree-Ojibwa adaptations and adaptive management: Guidelines for development." Paper read at the Symposium, The Impact of Development on People Who Occupy Land at Relatively Low Population Densities,American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, D.C. January, 1982.
"Stalking the fundamental theorem: Observations on a nutritious if dangerous quarry." Paper read at the Montgomery Lecture Series Symposium, Optimization in Human Evolution, University of Nebraska, Lincoln. April, 1982.
"Stalking an optimal foraging model." Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University. April, 1983.
"The Analysis of hunter-gatherer diet: Stalking an optimal foraging model.' Wenner-Gren Symposium, Food Preferences and Aversions. Cedar Grove, FL. October 23rd-30th, 1983. back to top
"Discussant," Symposium: Diet of modern animals and food chain ecology. Gordon Conference, Oxnard, CA. February 6th-10th, 1984.
"The theory of evolution in 1984." Paper read at the Symposium, Evolution: What difference does it make? Division of Extension and Continuing Education, & The General Alumni Association, UNC-Chapel Hill. November, 1984.
"On the eyebrow of the mountain: Human ecology in the southern Andes. Irma Honigmann Memorial Lecture, given to the Shared Learning Group, Chapel Hill, 27 September 1985.
"Optimal foraging: Diet breadth and food sharing in a stochastic environment." Paper read at the Department of Anthropology, U of Washington, Seattle (May, 1985) and at the Society for American Archaeology meetings, Denver (May 1985).
"Diet choice, risk and food sharing in a stochastic environment." Paper delivered at theWenner-Gren Symposium, Risk and Uncertainty: Ecological and Economic Perspectives, Seattle, November, 1985. back to top
"From hunters and gatherers to tillers of the soil." Paper read at the Symposium, The Dawn of Civilization. Division of Extension and Continuing Education, & The General Alumni Association, UNC-Chapel Hill. April, 1986
"Open field, common pot: Risk avoidance in agricultural and hunter-gatherer societies." Paper read at the Fourth International Symposium on Hunter-Gatherers, London School of Economics, September 1986.
"Production, storage and exchange on the Andean escarpment." Discussion presentation, Conference on Cultural and Ecological Applications of Remote Sensing Technology (NSF & NASA). Boulder, Colorado, April 1987.
Invited participant, Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems Program Conference, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, May 1987.
Open field, common pot: Harvest variability and risk avoidance in agricultural and foraging societies;" and, "The population ecology of hunter-gatherers and their prey. Dept. Anthropology, U. Tennessee, Knoxville, November 1987. back to top
"Talks as above," Co-sponsored by the Evolution and Human Behavioral Program, Museum of Anthropology, & Department of Anthropology, U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, March 1988.
"Rainfall predictability and water management in the central Andes of Southern Peru." Invited paper presented in the symposium, Canal Irrigation and Water Control Systems in the Andes, 46th International Congress of Americanists, Amsterdam, July 1988.
"An ecological explanation for limited-effort foraging." Paper read at the 6th International Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, May 1990.
Invited participant, Workshop on Climate and Human Ecology, Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, July, 1990.
"Concepts in historical ecology: the view from evolutionary ecology." Invited participant, Seminar on Historical Ecology, School of American Research, Santa Fe, NM, October 14th-18th, 1990.back to top
"GIS analysis of the agricultural landscape of Cuyo Cuyo, Puno, Perú." Invited paper, Application of Space Technologies in Anthropology, NASA Earth Resources Lab, Stennis, Mississippi; 28 November 1990.
"GIS analyses of the agricultural landscape of Cuyo Cuyo, Peru. Department of Geography, UNC-Chapel Hill. April, 1991.
"Open field, common pot." Interdepartmental Seminar Series in Evolution and Systematics, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, April, 1991.
"Weaving New Patterns for Change in the World," Invited participant, Chancellor's Club, Annual Meeting, Carolina in the Forefront; 22 June 1991, Friday Center, UNC - Chapel Hill, NC.
"Workshop on Climate and Human Ecology," Invited participant, Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison. September, 1991. back to top
"Food sharing to field scattering: Risk and the origins of agriculture." Invited paper,1992 Fryxell Symposium, Society for American Archaeology meetings, Pittsburgh, PA. April, 1992.
"Work, Resources and Population Dynamics in Foraging Societies." Seminar presented to the Duke University, Department of Biological Anthropology, March, 1993.
"Original affluence: The evolutionary ecology of production in foraging societies," and "Gifts given, gifts taken: The evolutionary ecology of exchange in primitive societies," talks presented to the University of Tennessee Department of Anthropology, December, 1993.
"Race, IQ and heritability." A talk prepared for school administrators in the Chapel Hill -- Carrboro School System, Spring 1994.
"Forager population ecology and resource conservation." Canadian Anthropological Society meetings, Vancouver, BC, May 1994. back to top
"A marginal model of tolerated theft." Human Behavior and Evolution SocietyMeetings, Ann Arbor, MI, June, 1994.
"Evolutionary ecology and history." A paper presented at the First Open Meeting of the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Community, Duke University, June, 1995.
"Overdetermination of resource transfers among social foragers." Paper presented at theAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science meetings, Seattle, WA, February, 1997.
"A natural history of exchange: The evolutionary ecology of food sharing in bats, primates and humans," "The population dynamics of an encounter-contingent forager and multiple prey," and "Models of dietary risk avoidance in foragers," Visiting Distinguished Ecologist, Colorado State University, April, 1997.
"Screwing around with uncertainty: A risk-sensitive approach to fertility decisions, population growth and other demographic mysteries." Paper presented to the Carolina Population Center, 1 May 1998 (with Paul Leslie). back to top
"Intra-group resource transfers: Comparative evidence, models and implications." Invited presentation, Wenner Gren Conference on The Early Human Diet: The role of meat. Madison, WI. October, 1998.
"The population dynamics of an encounter-contingent forager and multiple prey," and "Risk-sensitivity in human (and possibly, non-human) fertility behavior: The variance compensation hypothesis." Invited Talks, Program in Ecology and Department of Anthropology, UC-Davis. October, 1998.
"Risk-sensitive fertility behavior." Invited talk, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany. October, 1998.
"The variance compensation hypothesis: Toward a risk-sensitive analysis of human fertility." Paper presented with Paul Leslie in the session, Behavioral and Evolutionary Ecology Approaches to Population, American Anthropological Association meetings, 5 December, 1998.
“Risk-sensitive fertility behavior,” and “Human ecology in the Andes: The Cuyo Cuyo project.” Invited talks, Department of Anthropological Sciences, Stanford University,
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“Recent work on the behavioral ecology of hunter-gatherers.” Invited talk, Biosocial Society of the United Kingdom, Durham, England, May, 1998.
Invited participant, Santa Fe Institute/UNC-CH, Workshop on Computer Modeling of Political Processes. UNC – Chapel Hill, NC, November 12-13, 1999.
“On the eyebrow of the mountain: Cultural ecology and interdisciplinary research in the Andes” and “The effects of unpredictable offspring mortality on human fertility behavior,” talks presented at Washington State University, Vancouver and Pullman, respectively, 21 and 25 April, 2000.
"Effects of central place foraging on resource selection and cooperation." Paper presented in the symposium, Evolutionary Approaches to Cooperative Hunting,American Anthropological Association meetings, San Francisco, November 18, 2000
Invited participant, workshop on Conceptualisation of human-environmental dynamics: Steps towards a unified evolutionary modeling framework. Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico, December 11-17, 2000. back to top
"Risk-sensitive fertility and its implications for human population ecology." Paper presented to the Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia, 18 December, 2000.
"A risk-sensitive model of fertility behavior: Implications for some persistent demographic problems." Poster presentation with Paul Leslie, Population Association of America, Washington, DC, March, 2001.
"Consequences of stochasticity in reproductive outcomes." Poster presentation with Paul Leslie, Human Biology Association, Kansas City, MO, March, 2001.
"The population ecology of foragers in a patchy environment of plant resources." Paper presented in the symposium, Foraging Theory and the Transition to Agriculture, Society for American Archaeology meetings, New Orleans, April 18-22, 2001.
"Effects of central place foraging on resource selection and cooperation." Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association meetings, San Francisco, 15-19 November, 2001.
"Foraging theory and adaptive dynamics." Invited paper, Workshop on Conceptualization of Human-Environmental Dynamics, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM, 6-11 December, 2001.
"Risk-sensitive fertility in humans and other species: Model, implications and evidence. Paper presented to the Department of Anthropology, UC-Davis, 15 October, 2001.
"Advancing Steward's project a half century later: The place of behavioral ecology in cultural ecology." Paper presented in the symposium, From Cultural Ecology to Ecological Anthropology to Environmental Anthropology to?", American Anthropological Association meetings, Washington, DC, 28 November-2 December, 2001.
"Planning Conference for NSF Summer Workshops in Research Methods for Cultural Anthropology." National Science Foundation, Washington, DC, 9-11 May, 2003.
"An informal history of foraging theory." Invited paper, CSU-Chico, 4 March, 2004.
"Ghosts of foraging theory, past and future." Invited Plenary Session paper, Great Basin Anthropological Conference, Sparks, NV, 13-16 October, 2004.
"Interview, evolutionary anthropology." The Mogul Radio Show, DCTV, 20 January 2005.
"Impediments to socio-economic intensification and the development of inequality in hunter-gatherer populations." Invited paper, Workshop on the Coevolution of Behaviors and Institutions, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM, 18-22 February, 2005.
"Seven reasons to remain a forager." Invited paper, Far Western Anthropological Research Group Occasional Speaker Series, Davis, CA, 6 October, 2005.
"Seven reasons to remain a forager despite occasional or low-level dependence on domesticates, many or most of them related to environmental fluctations." Invited paper,School of American Research Small Seminar, Hunting and Gathering Subsistence Patterns and Climatic Change in the Late Pleistocene, Santa Fe, 2-5 November, 2005.
"Impediments to the origins of agriculture as a source of insights about prehistoric economics." Invited talk, University of Oregon Association of Anthropology Graduate Students and the Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences, 14 April, 2006. Eugene, Oregon.
"Human Behavioral Ecology and California Archaeology.” Commentary, Society for California Archaeology, Annual Meeting, March 22-25, San Jose, California.
"Impediments to the origins of agriculture as a souce of insights about prehistoric economies." Talk, Department of Anthropology, UCLA. Los Angeles, CA, May 15, 2006.
"Foraging theory: Venerable but still young." Talk and workshop at the inaugural 3UC Conference on Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences; Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA, May 5-6, 2007.
"Four opportunities for the adventurous individual in pursuit of agricultural origins." Talk (co-authored with Douglas Kennett) and small-group workshop, A Conversation on Early Agriculture. Anthropology Department, SUNY Plattsburgh. October 5-7, 2007.
"Comments," New Research in the Evolutionary Ecology of Food Transfers. American Anthropological Association Meetings, Washington DC. Session sponsored by the Evolutionary Anthropology Society. December 2, 2007.
"Discussion Leader, Risk," The World as It Was. Institute of Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. Session organized by Jared Diamond and James Robinson. April 30 - May 2, 2008.
Invited Lecture and Discussion Group, "Ideal Free, Prehistoric Settlement of the Northern Channel Islands, Santa Barbara CA, with (Ideal) Despotic Consequences." (AGUA) Associated Graduate Students, University of Arizona, Tucson. April 14 - April 16, 2009.
Invited Panel Discussant: "The residues of human decisions: Archaeological applications of behavioral ecology." Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) Meeting. Stanford Archaeology Center, Stanford University, 1-3 May, 2009.
“Ideal free prehistoric settlement of the Northern Channel Islands (Santa Barbara, CA) and the evolution of social inequality.” John Phelps Taft Lecture, University of Cincinnati, 13-15 May, 2009.
“Confirmation of ideal free settlement of the Northern Channel Islands using quantified environmental information and Bayesian analysis to understand habitat suitability.” Talk prepared for the symposium, Quantitative Analysis in Environmental Anthropology, AAA Meetings, Philadelphia, PA, 3-6 December 2009.