Assistant Professor and Hakai Institute Scholar, Department of Anthropology, University of Victoria
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Assistant Professor and Hakai Institute Scholar, Department of Anthropology, University of VictoriaDr. Iain McKechnie a coastal archaeologist and assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Victoria. His research program is focused on ‘marine historical ecology’ which is a multidisciplinary framework that employs archaeological data from Indigenous heritage sites to quantify change in coastal ecosystems, reevaluate ecological hypotheses, and broaden perspectives on contemporary management and conservation in Western Canada. Together with Indigenous communities, graduate students, and other collaborators, his research evaluates how preindustrial resource use (represented by animal bones and shells in archaeological sites) has altered the long-term structure and dynamics of marine environments in the past and how these legacies have implications for the present and future. His research on animal remains in archaeology benefits from managing one of the largest zooarchaeology comparative collections in western North America and teaching an annual archaeological field school in Nuuchahnulth territories on western Vancouver Island. His research has been recognized by being designated a scholar with the Hakai Institute, the Resilience Alliance, and by being invited by Heiltsuk, Haida, Tsimshian, and Nuuchahnulth communities to work at some of their ancestral heritage sites in coastal British Columbia.
Coastal Archaeology, Marine Historical Ecology, Indigenous Fisheries, Environmental History, Zooarchaeology