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 2018 - 2022 are:

Sarah Whitcher Kansa, USA (President & 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 50 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.

Terry O'Connor, UK (Vice President)

 Terry studied zooarchaeology in London with I.W. Cornwall and D.R. Brothwell, and has held research and lecturing positions at the Universities of York and Bradford, U.K. He is particularly interested in the archaeology of human-animal relations such as domestication and in the taphonomy of bone assemblages.

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.

Suzanne Pilaar Birch, USA (Treasurer)

 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.

Hitomi Hongo, Japan (Executive Committee member)

 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.

Hans Christian Küchelmann, Germany (Executive Committee member)

 Hans Christian Küchelmann received his diploma in biology at the University of Oldenburg in 1997. At present he works as a free-lance archaeozoologist in Bremen, Germany, mainly on German assemblages from multiple time periods with a focus on mammals, birds and molluscs. His international engagements are projects in Armenia, Morocco, and Turkey, and special interests are bone artefacts and taphonomic bone modifications. His publications comprise articles in archaeological and forensic journals as well as conference proceedings. He has been an 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. Since 2015 he is part of a research project about the trade of the Hanseatic League with Iceland, Shetland and the Faroes at the German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven. From 2016 to 2018 he was employed at the archaeozoology lab of the Groningen Institute of Archaeology (GIA) in the Netherlands.

Richard H. Meadow, USA (Executive Committee member)

 Richard H. Meadow is a founding member of ICAZ. He has served on the IC and EC since 1976 and as Treasurer from 1998 to 2007. He has been carrying out research in archaeozoology since 1971 with a focus on animal domestication, the spread of domestic animals, and the provisioning of urban sites in West, South, and most recently East Asia. He holds a PhD in Anthropology (1986), directs the Zooarchaeology Laboratory, Peabody Museum, Harvard University, and teaches courses and supervises PhD students in both zooarchaeology and archaeology. He has carried out archaeological fieldwork primarily in Pakistan and Iran and has served as co-Director of the Harappa Archaeological Research Project since 1992. He has published widely on topics in both zooarchaeology and South Asian archaeology.

Mariana Mondini, Argentina (Executive Committee member)

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.

Evangelia Pişkin, Turkey (Past Conference Organizer)

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.

Melanie Fillios, Australia (Current Conference Organizer)

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.