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Erana Jae Loveless

About Erana Jae Loveless

Disciplines: Fire ecology and ecological anthropology


Focus: Human-fire-animal relationships


Regions: Canadian Rocky Mountains, Northern Australia


Methods: Dendrochronology, GIS, ethnography, historical/archaeological records


Question 1: With the sweeping decimation of bison and native American populations by the late 1800s, how did fire regimes and forest structure change along the Rocky Mountains? What implications will these changes have for bison restoration efforts?


Question 2: What relationships and history do people have with avian firespreading in northern Australia?


Broader Interests: Indigenous fire and wildlife management, pyric carnivory/herbivory, remote sensing, hunter-gatherers, problems of time and perspective, bridging the ecological past and present

Selected Publications

Mark Bonta, Robert Gosford, Dick Eussen, Nathan Ferguson, Erana Loveless, and Maxwell Witwer. 2017. Intentional Fire-Spreading By ‘‘Fire Hawk’’ Raptors In Northern Australia. Journal of Ethnobiology 37(4):700-718.


Loveless, Erana. 2017. Ethnoarchaeology Can Be Used for Ecological Conservation Because It Can Detect Shifting Baselines. Arizona Anthropologist 28: 51-65.

Courses Taught

ACBS 160D   Human and Animal Interrelationships

GEOS 220   Environmental History of the Southwest

GC 170A   Introduction to Global Change

ANTH 364   Natural History of our Closest Relatives

ANTH 261   The Human Species: Heredity, Environment, and Behavior

ANTH 160D   Origins of Human Diversity

ANTH 160A   World Archaeology / Patterns In Prehistory

ANTH 160A   Ancient Egyptian Civilization

ASTR 170B1   The Physical Universe

ANTH 170C   Human Variation in the Modern World

ANTH 150B1   Many Ways of Being Human

JPN 245   Japanese Popular Culture

Research Interests

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Contact Information

Doctoral Candidate
Office: Bannister 308


MA  University of Arizona: East Asian Studies

BA   University of Oregon & Senshū University (Tokyo):  Asian Studies / Japanese


Dissertation Title

Quantifying the Effects of Historical Indigenous Burning and Bison on Mountain Valley Forest Structure and Fire Regimes