Brian F. Byrd, Ph.D.
Brian has extensive experience as a prehistorian in a variety of arid and semi-arid settings world-wide. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and until the early 1990s conducted research in the Near East exploring the transition to sedentism and early village life. Since 1992, he has directed numerous cultural resource management projects throughout California focused on hunter-gatherers. These studies have ranged from large-scale surveys to extensive data recovery excavations, particularly in the San Francisco Bay area, the Central Valley, the Mojave Desert and Owens Valley, along the southern California coast, and on San Clemente Island.
Brian is interested in hunter-gather adaptations and the origins of social complexity from a cross-cultural perspective. His investigations into prehistoric hunter-gatherers are often interdisciplinary in nature, gather independent paleoenvironmental data, and explore the complex interrelationship between human actions and environmental factors. Brian has more than 50 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as American Antiquity, Journal of Anthropological Research, Journal of Archaeological Research, and the Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology. He also has been awarded a series of grants and fellowships including several from the National Science Foundation. In 1999, he was awarded the Thomas E. King award for excellence in cultural resources management from the Society for California Archaeology. He is also a research associate with the Department of Anthropology, University of California, Davis.