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Virginia L. Butler

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Research Keywords

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Environmental History
  • Marine Ecology
  • Palaeoenvironments

Research Summary

My scholarship studies the long-term dynamic relationships between people and the environment using zooarchaeology, with a geographic focus in western North America. I draw on evolutionary ecology to model predator-prey interactions, while considering how human demography, social and technological variables, and independent paleoenvironmental change affects human subsistence strategies.  I am working with a team on a project to examine intracommunity response to earthquake-related events, through analysis of the faunal remains from a large pre-contact village in coastal Washington (USA) occupied between 1800 and 100 yrs ago.   Many of my projects apply zooarchaeology to conservation management. I’ve been working with science educators on a curriculum model that uses zooarchaeology as an anchor in teaching middle grade science. 


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Primary Affiliation

Portland State University
Full Professor
Department of Anthropology
United States of America

Phone: (01) 503.725.3303

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