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Brian Codding

Assistant Professor
106 Stewart
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Research

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.