About Erana Jae Loveless
Minor: Ecological anthropology
Area of Study: The Northern Rocky Mountains (Canada and Montana), Northern Australia
Method: Dendrochronology, GIS, Archaeology, Ethnography
With the sweeping decimation of bison and native American populations in the 1800s, did fire regimes change at the forest-grassland boundaries? I am investigating how small-scale landscape patches once produced by bison and indigenous burning may have given way to a more homogenous landscape more prone to large-scale, high-intensity fires.
My other interests include remote sensing, hunter-gatherers, trophic cascades, pyric herbivory, pyrodendrochronology, problems of time and perspective in ecological anthropology, shifting baselines, and other human-animal-fire relationships.
Keywords: Historical ecology, fire ecology, dendrochronology, fire scars, hunter-gatherers, problems of time and perspective in ecological anthropology, shifting baselines, coupled socio-ecological systems, human-animal relationships, secondary adaptations (reactive foraging), paleoclimatology. Bridging archaeology with the ethnographic and ecological present; applied anthropology.
Loveless, Erana. 2017. Ethnoarchaeology Can Be Used for Ecological Conservation Because It Can Detect Shifting Baselines. Arizona Anthropologist 28: 51-65.
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.
MA University of Arizona: East Asian Studies
BA University of Oregon & Senshū University (Tokyo): Asian Studies / Japanese