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Suzanne Pilaar Birch

Postdoctoral Fellow in Archaeology:
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Phone: +1 401 863 2306


I am interested in human adaptation and resilience to climate change and natural resource unpredictability in prehistory, and how our understanding of past human response to environmental change informs current thinking about these issues.

My doctoral research at the University of Cambridge investigated this in particular at the end of the last ice age in Northeastern Adriatic, an especially important region for understanding the effects of rapid sea level rise on local human populations.

I use zooarchaeology and stable isotope geochemistry to investigate research questions pertaining to diet, mobility, and settlement systems.

My other research interests include the initial domestication of livestock, diffusion of domesticates across Eurasia, the transition from hunting to herding, seasonality and human mobility, and advancing methodologies in zooarchaeology and stable isotope analysis.


PhD, MPhil, University of Cambridge; BSc Rutgers University


2013 Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award, Brown University ($1,000)
2013 Salomon Grant for curricular development, Brown University ($500)
2012 Social Media Knowledge Exchange Scholarship (AHRC/CRASSH) (£1,000)
2012 NERC/AHRC Oxford Radiocarbon Facility Grant (9 radiocarbon dates) (£3,060)
2011 Cambridge School of Humanities and Social Sciences Conference Fund (£1,000)
2011, 2012 Robert J. Sloley Travel Fund (£1,660)
2011, 2012 Dorothy Garrod Fieldwork Fund (£155)
2011 Christian Albrechts Universitat zu Kiel Student Travel Award (â'¬500)
2010 Department of Archaeology research grant (£5,300)
2010 Gates Cambridge Trust discretionary research funding (£5,300)
2010 English Heritage conference travel funding (£150)
2008-2012 Gates Cambridge Scholarship (competitive, full funding, MPhil/PhD) (£110,000)
2008-2012 Learning and Research Fund, St John's College (£2,000)
2009 Benefactors' Scholarship, St John's College (£1,200)
2009 Cambridge European Trust Travelling Scholarship (£300)
2007 Cook College Parents' Association Class Scholarship ($500)
2006-2008 Bigel Anthropology Award ($2,000)
2006-2008 Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates Grantee ($650)
2006-2008 Phillip J. Alampi Scholarship ($6,000)
2006 Karen Smoyak-Hoffman Student Award ($1,000)


Bridging the European and Anatolian Neolithic (Research Affiliate)

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