Erana Jae Loveless

About Erana Jae Loveless

Major: Archaeology

Minor: Ecological anthropology

Area of Study: The Northern Rocky Mountains (Canada and Montana), Northern Australia

Method: Dendrochronology, GIS, Archaeology, Ethnography

Laboratories: Fire and Restoration Ecology Laboratory  and  Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research

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.

Selected Publications

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.

Courses Taught

ANTH 364 Natural History of our Closest Relatives Online Course
ANTH 261  The Human Species: Heredity, Environment, and Behavior
ASTR 170B1  The Physical Universe
ANTH 160D  Origins of Human Diversity
ANTH 170C Human Variation in the Modern World 
GC 170A  Intro to Global Change
ANTH 160A Patterns In Prehistory
ANTH 150B1 Many Ways of Being Human
JPN 245 Japanese Popular Culture


Research Interests

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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