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Brian Codding
Brian Codding

Assistant Professor
106 Stewart


My research focuses on the ecology of foraging economies and the ways in which populations interact dynamically with their natural and social environments. I am currently involved in multiple research projects in Australia and North America.

Selected Publications

Codding, Brian F., Rebecca Bliege Bird, Peter G. Kauhanen and Douglas W. Bird (2014) Conservation or Co-evolution? Intermediate levels of Aboriginal burning and hunting have positive effects on kangaroo populations in Western Australia. Human Ecology DOI: 10.1007/s10745-014-9682-4

Codding, Brian F., James F. O'Connell and Douglas W. Bird (2014) Shellfishing and the Colonization of Sahul: A multivariate model evaluating the dynamic effects of prey utility, transport considerations and life history on foraging patterns and midden composition. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 9(2):238-252. DOI:10.1080/15564894.2013.848958.

Codding, Brian F., Adrian R. Whitaker and Douglas W. Bird (2014) Global Patterns in the Exploitation of Shellfish. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 9(2):145-149. DOI:10.1080/15564894.2014.881939.

Schwitalla, Al W., Terry L. Jones, Marin A. Pilloud, Brian F. Codding and Randy S. Wiberg (2014) Violence among foragers: The bioarchaeological record from central California. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 33:66--83. [link]

Codding, Brian F. and Douglas W. Bird (2013) A Global Perspective on Traditional Burning in California. California Archaeology 5:1-10.

Bliege Bird, Rebecca, Nyalanka Tayor, Brian F. Codding and Douglas W. Bird (2013) Niche construction and Dreaming logic: Aboriginal patch mosaic burning and varanid lizards (Varanus gouldii) in Australia. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 280: 20132297. [link]

Codding, Brian F. and Terry L. Jones (2013) Environmental productivity predicts migration, demographic and linguistic patterns in prehistoric California. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences [link]

Bird, Douglas W. Brian F. Codding, Rebecca Bliege Bird, David W. Zeanah and Curtis J. Taylor (2013) Megafauna in a Continent of Small Game: Archaeological Implications of Martu Camel Hunting in Australia's Western Desert. Quaternary International 297:155-166. [link]

Bliege Bird, Rebecca, Brian F. Codding, Peter G. Kauhanen and Douglas W. Bird (2012) Aboriginal hunting buffers climate-driven fire-size variability in Australia's spinifex grasslands. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109:10287-10292. [http://www.pnas.org/content/109/26/10287]

Codding, Brian F. Douglas W. Bird and Terry L. Jones (2012) A land of work: foraging behavior and ecology. In Contemporary Issues in California Archaeology, edited by Terry L. Jones and Jennifer Perry. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, pp 115-131.

Jones, Terry L. and Brian F. Codding (2012) Sampling Issues in Evaluations of Diet and Diversity: Lessons from Diablo Canyon. In Exploring Faunal Analysis: Insights from California Archaeology, edited by Michael A. Glassow and Terry L. Joslin, Perspectives in California Archaeology, volume 9. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles, pp 187-198.

Codding, Brian F. Rebecca Bliege Bird and Douglas W. Bird (2011) Provisioning offspring and others: risk–energy trade-offs and gender differences in hunter–gatherer foraging strategies. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 278:2502-2509. [http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/278/1717/2502]

Codding, Brian F. Douglas W. Bird and Rebecca Bliege Bird (2010) Interpreting abundance indices: some zooarchaeological implications of Martu foraging. Journal of Archaeological Science 37:3200-3210. [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440310002608]

Codding, Brian F. and Terry L. Jones (2010) Integrating Historical and Functional Explanations in Archaeological Applications of Behavioral Ecology: An Example from the California Coast. California Archaeology 2:77-91. 

Codding, Brian F. Judith F. Porcasi and Terry L. Jones (2010) Explaining prehistoric variation in the abundance of large prey: A zooarchaeological analysis of deer and rabbit hunting along the Pecho Coast of Central California. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 29:47-61. [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278416509000506]

Stevens, Nathan E. and Brian F. Codding (2009) Inferring the Function of Stone Points from California's Central Coast. California Archaeology 1:7-28.

Bliege Bird, Rebecca, Brian F. Codding, and Douglas W. Bird (2009) What Explains Differences in Men's and Women's Production? Determinants of Gendered Foraging Inequalities among Martu. Human Nature 20:105-129. [http://www.springerlink.com/content/7l42523427j72755/]

Bird, Douglas W. Rebecca Bliege Bird, and Brian F. Codding (2009) In pursuit of mobile prey: Martu hunting strategies and archaeofaunal interpretation. American Antiquity 74:3-29.

Bliege Bird, Rebecca, Douglas W. Bird, Brian F. Codding, Christopher H. Parker and James Holland Jones (2008) The "Fire Stick Farming" Hypothesis: Australian Aboriginal foraging strategies, biodiversity and anthropogenic fire mosaics Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105:14796-14801. [http://www.pnas.org/content/105/39/14796]

Jones, Terry L. Judith F. Porcasi, Jereme Gaeta, and Brian F. Codding (2008) The Diablo Canyon Fauna: A Coarse-grained Record of Trans-Holocene Foraging from the Central California Mainland Coast. American Antiquity 73:289-316.

Jones, Terry L. Douglas J. Kennett, James A. Kennett, and Brian F. Codding (2008) Seasonal Stability in Late Holocene Shellsh Harvesting on the Central California Coast. Journal of Archaeological Science 35:2286-2294. [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440308000460]

Codding, Brian F. and Terry L. Jones (2007) Man the Showoff? Or the Ascendance of a Just-So Story: A Comment on Recent Applications of Costly Signaling in American Archaeology. American Antiquity 72:349-357. [http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2307/40035818?origin=crossref]

Codding, Brian F. and Terry L. Jones (2007) History and Behavioral Ecology during the Middle-Late Transition on the Central California Coast: Findings from the Coon Creek Site (CA-SLO-9), San Luis Obispo County.Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 27:23-49.