PhD, 1977, Anthropology
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Recipient of 2012 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence
I began teaching at UAA in 1976. Through my career I have conducted a wide variety of research projects throughout Alaska on both basic and applied topics. My primary focus has been on southeast Alaska where I have worked on topics related to precontact, historic and contemporary fisheries of the Tlingit and Haida people. Of substantial importance in this regard is research on prehistoric fish trap technologies in the Prince of Wales Archipelago demonstrating their ancestry, transformation, and strategies of harvest. I have also conducted substantial research on subsistence practices of Alaska Natives, fisheries policies and their impacts on Alaska Natives, and on a variety of topics on ethnohistoric and contemporary social and cultural dimensions of Alaska Native life. I have served on two National Academy of Science review boards, most recently (1999) examining the Community Development Quota (CDQ) program established for Bering Sea coastal villagers. My broad personal and research experiences have provided me with background for The Native People of Alaska (4th edition, 2002), a basic introduction to Alaska Native life.