International Council
for Archaeozoology

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee oversees the operations of ICAZ and works with the current conference organizer to plan the ICAZ international conference and its resulting publications. The Executive Committee is elected once every four years by the membership. The officers for the term 2018 - 2022 are:

Sarah Whitcher Kansa, USA (President & Website Administrator)

 Sarah Whitcher Kansa directs the non-profit Alexandria Archive Institute, working with researchers to publish open data with Open Context. An ICAZ member since 1996, Sarah received her PhD in archaeology in 2000 (University of Edinburgh). She was Project Zooarchaeologist for Domuztepe, a late Neolithic site in southeastern Turkey for 15 years, and is currently studying 50 years of faunal remains in continuing excavations at the Etruscan site of Poggio Civitate. Her ongoing service to ICAZ includes administering the ICAZ website and BoneCommons, whose development she oversaw in 2006. She has served on the Executive and International Committees of ICAZ since 2010.

Terry O'Connor, UK (Vice President)

 Terry studied zooarchaeology in London with I.W. Cornwall and D.R. Brothwell, and has held research and lecturing positions at the Universities of York and Bradford, U.K. He is particularly interested in the archaeology of human-animal relations such as domestication and in the taphonomy of bone assemblages.

Christine Lefèvre, France (Secretary)

 Christine Lefèvre has a doctorate in archaeology. She is conducting zooarchaeological research on maritime and coastal environments (Southern Patagonia, Northern Peru, Aleutian Islands, Indian Ocean), mostly on hunter-gatherer societies. She is Professor at the Paris National Museum of Natural History where she is one of the curators in charge of the Vertebrate collections.

Suzanne Pilaar Birch, USA (Treasurer)

 Suzanne Pilaar Birch has been a member of ICAZ since 2009 and is one of the coordinators of the Stable Isotopes in Zooarchaeology Working Group (sizwg.wordpress.com), which she started in 2012. Her research interests include the initial domestication and spread of livestock, animal migration, seasonality, and climate change adaptations. She is currently part of a number of interdisciplinary and international project collaborations. She completed her PhD in 2012 at the University of Cambridge, UK and is now an Assistant Professor (joint, Anthropology and Geography) at the University of Georgia where she also directs the Quaternary Isotope Paleoecology Lab at the Center for Applied Isotope Studies.

Hitomi Hongo, Japan (Executive Committee member)

 Hitomi Hongo received her PhD in 1996 (Harvard University) and is currently an Associate Professor at Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Japan). She has been an ICAZ member since the early 1990's and has served on the International Committee since 2006. Her main research interest is animal exploitation and domestication during the Neolithic in Southwest Asia (mainly eastern Turkey) and Japan. She serves as the international relations officer of Japanese Society of Zooarchaeology. She would like to create a network of zooarchaeologists both in East Asia and Southwest Asia, and encourage them to be members of ICAZ.

Hans Christian Küchelmann, Germany (Executive Committee member)

 Hans Christian Küchelmann received his diploma in biology at the University of Oldenburg in 1997. At present he works as a free-lance archaeozoologist in Bremen, Germany, mainly on German assemblages from multiple time periods with a focus on mammals, birds and molluscs. His international engagements are projects in Armenia, Morocco, and Turkey, and special interests are bone artefacts and taphonomic bone modifications. His publications comprise articles in archaeological and forensic journals as well as conference proceedings. He has been an ICAZ member since 2002 and a member of the ICAZ Worked Bone Research Group (WBRG) since 2001. Since 2006 he has compiled the calendar section of the ICAZ Newsletter, and since 2007 he has served as the administrator of the WBRG-website. Since 2015 he is part of a research project about the trade of the Hanseatic League with Iceland, Shetland and the Faroes at the German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven. From 2016 to 2018 he was employed at the archaeozoology lab of the Groningen Institute of Archaeology (GIA) in the Netherlands.

Richard H. Meadow, USA (Executive Committee member)

 Richard H. Meadow is a founding member of ICAZ. He has served on the IC and EC since 1976 and as Treasurer from 1998 to 2007. He has been carrying out research in archaeozoology since 1971 with a focus on animal domestication, the spread of domestic animals, and the provisioning of urban sites in West, South, and most recently East Asia. He holds a PhD in Anthropology (1986), directs the Zooarchaeology Laboratory, Peabody Museum, Harvard University, and teaches courses and supervises PhD students in both zooarchaeology and archaeology. He has carried out archaeological fieldwork primarily in Pakistan and Iran and has served as co-Director of the Harappa Archaeological Research Project since 1992. He has published widely on topics in both zooarchaeology and South Asian archaeology.

Mariana Mondini, Argentina (Executive Committee member)

I am an archaeologist in Argentina. I took my doctoral degree at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and also took a DEA degree in paleontology at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. I am interested in human-animal interactions in the arid lands of South America, especially the south-central Andes, from a zooarchaeological and taphonomic perspective. I am involved in the ICAZ Neotropical Zooarchaeology Working Group.

Evangelia Pişkin, Turkey (Past Conference Organizer)

Evangelia Pişkin received her PhD from Leicester University, UK. She held research and administrative positions at British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, Turkey and lecturing positions at Bilkent University (Ankara) and currently at METU (Ankara). She has worked on bone assemblages from various periods (Neolithic to Islamic), mostly in Turkey, and her research interests include taphonomy and quantification, integration of "environmental" data, household organisation and economics, specialised economies/transhumance.

Patrick Faulkner, Australia (Current Conference Organizer)

Pat Faulkner received his PhD from the Australian National University, and is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Sydney. His research focusses on the investigation of human-environment interactions in aquatic environments. As a coastal archaeologist and archaeomalacologist, he has undertaken collaborative research across Australasia, the Pacific, Sri Lanka, Oman, and the offshore islands of eastern Africa.

Eva Fairnell, UK (Newsletter Editor)

Eva Fairnell took over from Angela Trentacoste as Newsletter Editor in September 2017. She has worked as a scientific, technical and medical copy-editor since the 1980s and, since completing her PhD in 2012 from the University of York, has added zooarchaeology to her portfolio. Currently she is a part-time collections technician at Historic England, while retaining an association with the University of York and maintaining a variety of publishing clients.