- California Archaeology, Channel Islands
- Historical Ecology, Coastal and Island Adaptations
- Environmental Archaeology, Coupled Human-Natural Systems
- Zooarchaeology, Paleoethnobotany
Pursuing Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara
2017 M.A. in Anthropology, University of Maryland, College Park
2007 B.A. in Anthropology, Mercyhurst University
I am an environmental archaeologist who specializes in the application of zooarchaeology and paleoethnobotany to the study of the long-term dynamics between humans and their environments in the context of subsistence patterns and socio-political complexity in island and coastal environments. My current research will focus on evaluating factors that allowed settlements on the Channel Islands to be resilient and able to sustain a population by understanding community responses to environmental and social change. Similar to my previous work in Iceland, factors include changes in diet and subsistence strategies, settlement location, climate change, population growth, and the purposeful manipulation of the islands. By integrating the study of plant and animal remains, connections between social structure and subsistence patterns, and the social mechanisms of sustainable human-environment relationships can be determined.
2017 Ruggiero, K.M., Bass, S., Noe, S., Environmental Literacy-Determining the Effects of Politics on Environmental Education Policy in the Unites States. In American Educational Research Journal, in press.