International Council
for Archaeozoology

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee oversees the operations of ICAZ and works with the current conference organizer to plan the ICAZ international conference and its resulting publications. The Executive Committee is elected once every four years by the membership. The officers for the term 2023 - 2027 are:

Mariana Mondini, Argentina (President)

I am an archaeologist in Argentina. I took my doctoral degree at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and also took a DEA degree in paleontology at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. I am interested in human-animal interactions in the arid lands of South America, especially the south-central Andes, from a zooarchaeological and taphonomic perspective. I am involved in the ICAZ Neotropical Zooarchaeology Working Group.

Hitomi Hongo, Japan (Vice President)

 Hitomi Hongo received her PhD in 1996 (Harvard University) and is currently an Associate Professor at Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Japan). She has been an ICAZ member since the early 1990's and has served on the International Committee since 2006. Her main research interest is animal exploitation and domestication during the Neolithic in Southwest Asia (mainly eastern Turkey) and Japan. She serves as the international relations officer of Japanese Society of Zooarchaeology. She would like to create a network of zooarchaeologists both in East Asia and Southwest Asia, and encourage them to be members of ICAZ.

Lizzie Wright, UK (Secretary)

 Lizzie Wright has been a member of ICAZ since 2010 and completed her PhD in 2014 at the University of Sheffield. She has worked on zooarchaeological material from numerous European areas and time periods, and has particular interests in the history of human-cattle relationships, prehistoric animal husbandry, and domestication. She has been based at the University of Sheffield (UK), The University of Basel (Switzerland), and has also worked in developer funded archaeology in the UK. She is currently based at the University of Nottingham (UK) where she is a Research Fellow in Archaeozoology.

Melanie Fillios, Australia (Treasurer)

Melanie completed her PhD in 2006 (The University of Minnesota) and has been a member of ICAZ since 2008. She has held positions in the US and Australia and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology at the University of New England (Australia). Melanie is interested in the human-animal-environmental nexus, especially in the context of foodways and environmental sustainability. Melanie has been a project zooarchaeologist on faunal collections across the Mediterranean and Australia, spanning academia and industry. Her current research includes the dingo-human relationship in Holocene Australia and human responses to environmental change in Colonial Australia, with specific focus on the introduction of European domesticates. Previous research in Australian prehistory includes climate change and megafaunal extinctions at Pleistocene Cuddie Springs. Melanie directs the Australian Centre for Domesticate and Commensal research (ACDCr), and is Associate Director of the Paphos Theatre Project (Cyprus). Melanie is currently driving the creation of a global, open-access 3D comparative faunal collection.

Suzanne Pilaar Birch, USA (Executive Committee member)

Suzanne Pilaar Birch has been a member of ICAZ since 2009 and is one of the coordinators of the Stable Isotopes in Zooarchaeology Working Group (, which she started in 2012. Her research interests include the initial domestication and spread of livestock, animal migration, seasonality, and climate change adaptations. She is currently part of a number of interdisciplinary and international project collaborations. She completed her PhD in 2012 at the University of Cambridge, UK and is now an Assistant Professor (joint, Anthropology and Geography) at the University of Georgia where she also directs the Quaternary Isotope Paleoecology Lab at the Center for Applied Isotope Studies.

Joaquín Arroyo-Cabrales, Mexico (Executive Committee member)

Joaquín Arroyo-Cabrales, Ph. D. is a Senior Scientist at the Archaeozoology Lab, National Institute of Anthropology and History, the Mexican federal agency that takes care of the Historical, Archaeological, and Paleontological Heritages, and currently is in charge of the Paleontological Collection. His research focuses on Late Quaternary vertebrates and their contribution for understanding the paleoenvironments in which human survived in the Americas.

Hans Christian Küchelmann, Germany (Executive Committee member)

 Hans Christian Küchelmann received his diploma in biology at the University of Oldenburg, Germany, in 1997. Apart from work on German archaeozoological assemblages from multiple time periods, he was engaged in international projects in Armenia, Morocco, Turkey, Iceland and the Faroes. Special interests are bone artefacts and taphonomic bone modifications. Major Research projects are concerned with the development of the woolly sheep (German Archaeological Institute Berlin 2013-2016) and the North Atlantic trade of the Hanseatic League (German Maritime Museum Bremerhaven 2015 to present). He is ICAZ member since 2002 and a member of the ICAZ Worked Bone Research Group (WBRG) since 2001. Since 2006 he has compiled the calendar section of the ICAZ Newsletter, and since 2007 he has served as the administrator of the WBRG-website. In 2010 he became an elected member of the IC and EC. At present he works partially as a free-lance archaeozoologist and at the Bremen Archaeology Department.

Angela Trentacoste, USA (Executive Committee member)

Angela Trentacoste is a Researcher at the British School at Rome, having previously help post-doctoral research positions in the UK and Germany. Her research interests focus on the zooarchaeology of complex societies, especially the emergence of urbanism and dynamics of Roman expansion, osteometric analyses, and the application of biomolecular techniques, most notably multi-isotope analyses. She has worked on assemblages and materials spanning the UK, Italy, and Turkey.

Christina Giovas, Canada (Current Conference Co-Organizer)

Christina Giovas is an associate professor of archaeology and an environmental archaeologist specializing in zooarchaeology, with a focus on prehistoric fisheries. Her research draws on human behavioural ecology and historical ecology to address prehistoric resource use, anthropogenic environmental impacts and population movement. With an international research team, she is currently investigating the evolution of cultural landscapes on CuraƧao and long-term biodiversity change. She serves as co-editor-in-chief for the Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology.

Aleksa Alaica, Canada (Current Conference Co-Organizer)

Aleksa Alaica is an assistant professor of anthropological archaeology at The University of British Columbia employing zooarchaeology and isotope analyses to examine human-animal interactions and pastoralism in the Andes. Her research draws on foodscapes, traditional ecological knowledge and the ethnohistoric record to investigate the role of camelids as key trade vehicles but also symbols of status and accumulated wealth. Along with her collaborators, she is investigating the role of guinea pig husbandry, camelid herding, and opportunistic exploitation of wild taxa during the Wari expansion of the 1st millennium CE to elucidate the impact of Wari influence on food security and interregional interaction in the south-central Andes.

Pat Faulkner, Australia (Past Conference Organizer)

Pat Faulkner received his PhD from the Australian National University, and is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Sydney. His research focusses on the investigation of human-environment interactions in aquatic environments. As a coastal archaeologist and archaeomalacologist, he has undertaken collaborative research across Australasia, the Pacific, Sri Lanka, Oman, and the offshore islands of eastern Africa.

Eva Fairnell, UK (Newsletter Editor), ex officio

Eva Fairnell took over from Angela Trentacoste as Newsletter Editor in September 2017. She has worked as a scientific, technical and medical copy-editor since the 1980s and, since completing her PhD in 2012 from the University of York, has added zooarchaeology to her portfolio. Currently she is a part-time collections technician at Historic England, while retaining an association with the University of York and maintaining a variety of publishing clients.

Sarah Whitcher Kansa, USA (Website Administrator), ex officio

 Sarah Whitcher Kansa directs the non-profit Alexandria Archive Institute, working with researchers to publish open data with Open Context. An ICAZ member since 1996, Sarah received her PhD in archaeology in 2000 (University of Edinburgh). She was Project Zooarchaeologist for Domuztepe, a late Neolithic site in southeastern Turkey for 15 years, and is currently studying 55 years of faunal remains in continuing excavations at the Etruscan site of Poggio Civitate. Her ongoing service to ICAZ includes administering the ICAZ website and BoneCommons, whose development she oversaw in 2006. She has served on the Executive and International Committees of ICAZ since 2010. She served as Vice President of ICAZ from 2014-2018 and President from 2018-2023.