Martu Ecological Anthropology Project is a long-term NSF-sponsored project with Indigenous communities in Australia’s Western Desert, investigating contemporary and pre-colonial subsistence decisions, land use, burning practices, and their implications for understanding social organization and ecosystem function.

Comparative Wests Project is a broad interdisciplinary, inter-institutional project concerned with understanding the construction and transformation of environments that emerge from interaction between Native peoples and invading settler colonialism.


Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University

Department of Anthropology, Stanford University

The Spatial History Project, Stanford University

The Woods Institute's Environmental Ventures Project, Stanford University

Collaborators and Lab Affiliates

Rebecca Bliege Bird, Brian Codding, Nyalangka Taylor, James Holland Jones, Curtis Taylor, Elspeth Ready, Michael Price, James O’Connell, David Zeanah, Eleanor Power, Frank K. Lake, Ron W. Goode, Don L. Hankins, Jared D. Aldern, Eric A. Smith, Lisa Curran, Brooke Scelza


I am an ecological anthropologist with interests in how social and ecological factors influence natural resource use, and questions at the intersection of changes in livelihoods and arid landscapes. My research explores the dynamics of human subsistence practices, their role in ecosystem function, and their archaeological signatures in Australia and Western North America. I work closely with Indigenous communities, ecologists, and archaeologists on interdisciplinary topics especially concerned with the socio-ecological organization and sustainability of vulnerable lands, fire ecology, and human dimensions of environmental change.  

Douglas Bird


Doug Bird

Dept. of Anthropology, 450 Serra Mall, Bldg 50

Stanford CA 94305