International Council
for Archaeozoology

International Committee

The International Committee works to ensure that the aims of ICAZ are met at the highest level of international standards. The International Committee is comprised of the members of the Executive Committee and 25-35 individuals elected by the membership once every four years. The International Committee members for the term 2013 - 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 (sizwg.wordpress.com), 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 Curaçao 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.

Shaw Badenhorst, South Africa

Shaw Badenhorst is a Senior Researcher in the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He obtained his PhD from Simon Fraser University in Canada, studying the fauna from Great Houses in the American Southwest, including Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon. He has been a member of ICAZ since 2002, and a member of the International Committee since 2014. His current research focusses on Quaternary faunas from southern Africa.

László Bartosiewicz, Sweden

László Bartosiewicz has worked as an archaeozoologist since 1978. He taught his subject at the universities of Budapest (Hungary) and Edinburgh (UK). In 2014 he was appointed professor of osteoarchaeology at the University of Stockholm (Sweden). He has worked as professor emeritus at the same university since 2022. Between 2006 and 2014 he served two terms as president of ICAZ and is active in several ICAZ working groups. He is the author of four books and over four hundred articles and book chapters.

Laura Beovide (Uruguay)

Laura Beovide is a Uruguayan archaeologist and currently heads the Archaeological Research Area (CIRAT-PIAAD) of the National Directorate of Innovation, Science and Technology of the Ministry of Education and Culture in Uruguay. She holds a degree in anthropological sciences with a specialization in archaeology, a master's degree in environmental sciences, and a doctorate in biology (zooarchaeology) from the University of the Republic of Uruguay. Her research topics relate to mid and recent Holocene coastal human occupations, shell middens, taphonomy, and the production of shell ornaments in the Río de la Plata basin. She is a member of the National System of Researchers (ANII), Uruguay. Since 2006, she has been a member of ICAZ and participates in international conferences. She belongs to the Neotropical Zooarchaeology Working Group and organized the 3rd Academic meeting of the group in Uruguay in 2017.

Diana Rocio Carvajal Contreras (Colombia)

I have been a professor of archaeology for at least 10 years. I have worked with the Universidad Externado de Colombia and was a professor of anthropology at UDCA prior to this. I am a member of, the ICAZ since 2008. I received a grant in 2007 as a grad student for a fellowship at Smithsonian Institution and a scholarship to conduct research in Panama at Instituto Colombiano de Antropología and FIAN in Colombia. My research involves the analysis of fish and shellfish remains in Colombia and Panama. I am very caring of the world and environment around me and chose to become a professor in this field to help others understand the importance of climate change in the world and different cultures so we can better understand ourselves. My goal was to inform and educate others to contribute to positive change in the world.

Hossein Davoudi, Iran

I am an ICAZ member since 2013 and received my PhD in archaeology from Tarbiat Modares University, Iran in 2017 (Title of thesis: Re-identifying the Subsistence Economy of the Iron Age Societies in North-Western Iran Based on Archaeozoological Studies, the Case of Tepe Hasanlu). I have worked as a researcher member at the Bioarchaeology Laboratory, Central Laboratory, University of Tehran, Iran since 2013. My main areas of research include domestication during the early Neolithic period, and animal husbandry and subsistence economy of Chalcolithic to Iron Ages of Iran.

Arati Deshpande-Mukherjee, India

Arati Deshpande-Mukherjee is an Associate Professor at the Department of Archaeology, Deccan College Post-graduate and Research Institute in Pune, India. She is an archaeozoologist with 20 years of research experience analysing both mammalian remains and molluscan shells from protohistoric and Historic culture sites in India. Her main areas of research interests are South Asian protohistory, Environmental archaeology, Coastal archaeology, Archaeomalacology and Ethnoarchaeology. Currently she is carrying out faunal research on two major Harappan cities of Dholavira and Rakhigarhi.

Cleia Detry, Portugal

Cleia Detry Graduated in Biology at the University of Lisbon (Portugal) and received her PhD in Archaeology from the University of Salamanca (Spain) in 2007. She worked as a freelancer, in public institutions and, since 2008, at the University of Lisbon as a post-doctoral researcher, studying faunal assemblages from Mesolithic to the Modern period. She now specializes her research on Animal Improvement in the Roman, Medieval and Modern periods in Portugal and domestication of the dog.

Kitty Emery, USA

Dr. Kitty F. Emery (PhD, 1997, Cornell) is associate curator of the Environmental Archaeology Program of the Florida Museum of Natural History (since 2001) where she is responsible for curation and research on 10,000+ comparative modern zoological and botanical specimens, and over three million archaeological samples, from the Southeast USA and circum-Caribbean. As affiliate associate professor in the Anthropology Department, University of Florida she also teaches environmental archaeology and supervises graduate students. Emery's primary research interests lie in Central America (primarily Maya area), zooarchaeology, and the integration of all fields of environmental archaeology to understand ancient human-environment interactions in fragile ecosystems.

Erika Gál, Hungary (Working Group Liaison)

Erika Gál is a senior research fellow in the Institute of Archaeology, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Research Network. Her zooarchaeological research is focusing on avian and mammalian remains as well as bone pathologies and manufacture in the Carpathian Basin. 20021995, the liaison of working groups since 2018, and co-organised the ICAZ Animal Palaeopathology Working Group meeting at Budapest in 2016.

Christian Gates St-Pierre, Canada

Christian Gates St-Pierre is Associate Professor at Université de Montréal, Canada, and a member of ICAZ and the Worked Bone Research Group (WBRG) since 2003. His research projects are focusing on the subsistence and material culture of Pre-Contact Iroquoian societies in Northeastern North America. He is interested in the use of aquatic and marine resources by Indigenous Peoples and has developed an expertise in the technological and functional analysis of worked bone, including microwear analysis. In 2019 he organized the 13th International Conference of the WBRG in Montreal and edited its proceedings, published in 2021. His research interests also include ethical issues in archaeology and the politics of archaeological heritage.

Idoia Grau-Sologestoa, Switzerland (Newsletter Assistant Editor)

I have been a member of ICAZ since 2010 and the Assistant Editor of the ICAZ Newsletter since 2016. I am involved in the ICAZ Medieval period Working Group. I completed my PhD in zooarchaeology at the University of the Basque Country (Spain). I have held a variety of postdoctoral research positions at the Universities of Sheffield and Nottingham (UK), the Basque Country (Spain), and Basel (Switzerland). My research focuses on human-animal relationships in European historical periods, from Roman to Contemporary times. So far, I have worked on assemblages from Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Switzerland. Currently, I work as a find documentation specialist for the archaeological services of the canton Basel-Stadt (Switzerland).

Roz Gillis, Germany

I am head of archaeozoology at the the Deutsches Archäologische Institut in Berlin. I completed my PhD in Paris with Jean-Denis Vigne and Marie Balasse about the arrival and evolution of dairy husbandry in Europe. My research examines pathways to domestication and the subsequent evolution of these species using morphological, stable isotpic and biomolecular analysis. Alongside this, I am working on opening up the DAI collections to a wider audience via digitalisation. I joined the ICAZ International Committee in 2023 and have been the coordinator for the Stable Isotopes Working Group since 2019.

Angelos Hadjikoumis, Cyprus

My research mainly involves the zooarchaeology of eastern Mediterranean and adjacent areas such as the Aegean and Mesopotamia, as well as the zooarchaeology of Iberia and Britain. Thematically, my interests currently focus on sheep and goat management, the use of animals in sacrifices, as well as animal husbandry practices from the Neolithic to post-medieval periods. Besides zooarchaeological methods, I also use carbon/oxygen stable isotope and dental microwear analyses. I am also particularly active in the ethnozooarchaeology of traditional Mediterranean husbandry practices as a heuristic tool in zooarchaeological interpretation. Moreover, I am an enthusiast of public outreach and the creation and management of faunal reference collections, as well as improving the teaching of zooarchaeology. I am also a member of ICAZ since 2004 and actively involved in promoting its main objective in developing and strengthening zooarchaeology world-wide.

Sarah Whitcher Kansa, USA (Website Administrator)

 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.

Richard Madgwick, UK

Richard Madgwick is a Reader in Archaeological Science at Cardiff University. His main research interests surround later prehistoric northern Europe and he is particularly interested in the application of multi-isotope analysis and multi-scalar taphonomic analysis in osteoarchaeology. He is programme leader of the MSc in Archaeological Science and currently supervises six postdoctoral researchers and six PhD students.

Xiaolin Ma, China

Xiaolin Ma received his PhD at La Trobe University, Australia in 2004, and is currently the professor and director of Henan Museum in China. He has been an ICAZ member since 2007 and served on the International Committee of ICAZ since 2010. His main research interest is animal exploitation and domestication during the Neolithic and Bronze Age as well as worked bones in China. He has established an excellent zooarchaeological lab where he and his colleagues have collected huge quantities of faunal remains. Importantly, he has successfully organized three international conferences of zooarchaeology in Zhengzhou, central China, including the conference of zooarchaeology in 2007, the 9th WBRG meeting of ICAZ in 2013, and the IC meeting of ICAZ in 2016.

Marjan Mashkour, France

Marjan Mashkour is an Iranian archaeozoologist working at the CNRS (French National Agency for Scientific Research). She has been an active member of the ASWA group from 1996 and the current liaison of this Working Group. Her research focuses on the archaeozoology of the Iranian Plateau (major fieldwork), but also Central Asia and SE Arabian Peninsula. The understanding of the evolution subsistence economies, pastoralism and mobility in arid environments are among her research interests. As a member of ICAZ, she is concerned about the development of Archaeozoology in Iran where she has created a laboratory at the Tehran University for academic training.

Hanneke Meijer, Norway

Hanneke Meijer is an Associate Professor and curator at the department of Natural History of the University Museum of Bergen in Norway. She is responsible for the curation and research on the modern skeleton collection (>14000 specimens). Her research centers on Quaternary vertebrates, particularly birds, from both continental and insular environments and their paleoecology and interactions with hominins. She has done fieldwork on various Pleistocene and Holocene sites in Indonesia, Timor Leste and Mauritius. She is currently involved in the ICAZ Bird Working Group.

Marta Moreno Garcia, Spain

I have been working in archaeozoological research since 1991 when I began my career in Britain under English Heritage and the University of Cambridge. Afterwards and for a decade, I ran the first Archaeozoology Lab in Portugal together with Simon Davis. Since 2009 I have been a tenured scientist at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid. Much of my research has concentrated on the archaeozoology of the Iberian Peninsula. I have a broad spectrum of archaeozoological interests which range from taphonomic studies on rabbit remains to the analysis of medieval worked bone, transhumance and ethnozoological issues on avian assemblages. I am a member of ICAZ since 2000.

Sebastian Muñoz, Argentina

My graduate and posgraduate studies were on Southern Patagonia mammalian zooarchaeology. For the last ten years I've been researching on hunter-gatherer zooarchaeology and taphonomy in coastal Patagonia with a research position at the Argentinean National Research Council (CONICET). I'm currently involved in developing a Zooarchaeology Laboratory aimed at addressing research questions on human-animal relationship in arid South America.

Albérico Nogueira de Queiroz, Brasil

Dr. Albérico Nogueira de Queiroz is Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology at the Federal University of Sergipe (UFS), Brazil. He is working on Bioarchaeology (Zooarchaeology), Taphonomy/Diagenesis, Zooiconography and Environmental Archaeology with interest in vertebrates from archaeological contexts in Brazil, South America and Latin America.

David Orton, UK

David Orton is Lecturer in Zooarchaeology at the University of York, UK, where he directs the MSc programme in Zooarchaeology. He is particularly interested in the integration of traditional zooarchaeological methods with biomolecular techniques, and in using large-scale zooarchaeological meta-analysis to address some of the big questions in archaeology, from the spread of farming in the Neolithic to the emergence of urban trade networks and commercial fisheries in the medieval period. These diverse interests have involved him in research spanning numerous countries, from Ireland to Turkey and from the Balkans to the Baltic.

Evangelia Pişkin, Turkey

Evangelia Pişkin received her PhD from Leicester University, UK. She held research and administrative positions at British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, Turkey and lecturing positions at Bilkent University (Ankara) and currently at METU (Ankara). She has worked on bone assemblages from various periods (Neolithic to Islamic), mostly in Turkey, and her research interests include taphonomy and quantification, integration of "environmental" data, household organisation and economics, specialised economies/transhumance.

Eve Rannamäe, Estonia

Eve Rannamäe is an Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Tartu, Estonia. Her research interests include the history of livestock husbandry and the use of biomolecular methods in zooarchaeology. Faunal material she has studied covers periods from the Stone Age to present-day. In her studies of the development of native sheep and horse populations in Estonia she aims to contribute to the conservation of those endangered breeds and the diversity and cultural heritage they carry. She is also active in contemporary animal husbandry. Eve has been a member of ICAZ since 2010.

Kalangi Rodrigo, Sri Lanka

Kalangi Rodrigo is a postgraduate student in the Prehistoric and Anthropological Sciences Section at the University of Ferrara, Italy, and the Institute of Human Paleontology at the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle (Sorbonne University) in Paris, France. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Special) Degree in Archaeology from the University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, in 2022. She has published research in local and international peer-reviewed journals, as well as a book published by Archaeopress, Oxford. She is currently serving as the macrofaunal analyst for Italian Palaeolithic sites, including Fumane and De Nadale caves. She is interested in studying archaeozoological assemblages to understand how early humans adapted to and transformed various tropical environments in the Palaeolithic period. She was elected as a member of the International Council of Archaeozoology's International Committee in 2023.

Lenny Salvagno, Italy & UK

I am a University Teacher in Zooarchaeology at the University of Sheffield, UK. I have been an ICAZ member for the past 10 years, and have been actively involved with several Working Groups (Medieval, Stable Isotopes, Roman, Modern Era, Genetics and Morphometrics) as well as the general conferences (San Rafael, Ankara, Cairns). My research interests focus on husbandry intensification, the use of animals in medieval and post-medieval Europe as well as Bronze and Iron Age Italy, including ritual deposits. I have been based at the University of Parma (Italy), University of Sheffield (UK) and The University of Munich (Germany).

Plan Shenjere-Nyabezi, Zimbabwe

Plan Shenjere-Nyabezi has been a member of ICAZ since 2005. She obtained her PhD from the University of Dar es Salaam in 2012, working on the animal economy of prehistoric farming communities in eastern Zimbabwe. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology and Heritage Studies at University of Zimbabwe. Plan holds a Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow position with the VolkswagenStiftung and is a Research Associate with the University of Pretoria. Her research interests focus of archaeozoology of the early and later farming communities including complex societies of the Zimbabwe Culture of southern Africa. She also has interest in understanding the world of human animal interactions in the context of ethnoarchaeological research. In this context, her research approach seeks to integrate the hard sciences with conventional archaeological and anthropological approaches where she draws insights from social archaeology and African philosophies to explore and read the archaeozoology and archaeology of southern Africa.

Richard Thomas, UK

I am Professor in Archaeology at the University of Leicester, UK, where I have been based since 2003. My research and teaching centres on: (1) the reconstruction of past human-animal relationships, predominantly in the historic period; and (2) palaeopathology - the study of animal health and disease in the past. I co-founded the ICAZ Animal Paleopathology Working Group in 1999.

Jean-Denis Vigne, France

CNRS (Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris). My research is focused on neolithisation, from the points of view of both the impact of human beings on the faunas, and domestication. I have primarily worked on the Mediterranean basin and islands and on the Neolithic transition in the Near East. I also recently began to work in Uzbekistan and North China. I am managing a lab of 70 archaeozoologists and botanists in the Natural History Museum, Paris. I also manage a European bioarchaeology network (Bioarch) which groups together eight of the most active labs in Western Europe (ca. 150 scientists). Together with two other French colleagues, I was in charge of the organisation of the 2010 ICAZ conference, in Paris.

Reuven Yeshurun, Israel

Reuven Yeshurun is Associate Professor at the Department of Archaeology, the University of Haifa. He is interested in the Paleolithic and Epipaleolithic periods, ancient human ecology, the evolution of hunting and early sedentism. He studies the first settled societies of the Near East, with special focus on the Natufian Culture. Additionally, he uses zooarchaeological methods to investigate human subsistence and ecology during the Pleistocene. Currently he co-directs multi-annual excavation projects in two Epipaleolithic sites in Mt. Carmel, Israel: the UNESCO World Heritage Site of el-Wad Terrace (Natufian Culture) and the Geometric Kebaran camp of Neve David. Additionally, he studies diverse Middle and Upper Paleolithic archaeofaunal assemblages, notably from Misliya Cave, Nesher Ramla and Manot Cave.