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 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 O'Connor 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.

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.

Umberto Albarella, UK

Umberto Albarella is a Reader in Zooarchaeology at the University of Sheffield (UK). He has worked in zooarchaeology for more than 30 years and as an ICAZ member for more than 20. He has served on the ICAZ International Council since 2002 and was Secretary from 2006 to 2012, he co-organised the ICAZ 2002 conference in Durham (UK) and was series co-editor of the fourteen volumes of its proceedings. He co-owns the email discussion list ZOOARCH and sits on the editorial board of several journals. His main areas of research include domestication, pastoralism, ethnography and husbandry innovations. Within archaeology he has been an advocate for global and social justice.

Joaquín Arroyo-Cabrales, Mexico

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.

Levent Atici, USA

I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). After receiving my Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2007, I joined UNLV and founded the UNLV Zooarchaeology Laboratory in 2009. My research centers on the Neolithic and Urban Revolutions in Southwest Asia, covering the full spectrum of human-animal interactions from hunting to specialized pastoral production. My current research program comprises active field work at three archaeological sites. I serve as assistant director at the celebrated Bronze Age urban center Kültepe-Kanesh in Central Turkey and principal zooarchaeologist for Kaman-Kalehöyük and Uğurlu Höyük. I also regularly teach zooarchaeology summer field schools to promote the establishment of zooarchaeology as a prominent discipline in Turkey. I am committed to advancing zooarchaeology through fostering international collaboration, data sharing, best practices, and integrating it into broader anthropological and archaeological agendas firmly.

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.

Guy Bar-Oz, Israel

Guy Bar-Oz is a professor of archaeology at the University of Haifa. His research experience in zooarchaeology includes excavation and analysis of numerous prehistoric and historic bone assemblages from Israel and the Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia). His research focuses on three main subjects: the evolution of human hunting and subsistence behaviour in prehistory, the development of complex economic-subsistence systems in the historic periods of the Near East, and human impact on the environment.

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). 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 two hundred articles.

Luis Alberto Borrero, Argentina

Luis Alberto Borrero has been working in archaeozoology since 1978 and a member of ICAZ since 1986. He served as Vice President of the organization between 2006-2010. He holds a PhD in archaeology (1986, Universidad de Buenos Aires). His main professional interests include the extinct megamammals of the end of the Pleistocene in South America. He also works in archaeozoological aspects of hunter-gatherer archaeology. He has published over 200 scholarly papers, and is the author of two books and co-editor of seven books. He works for the CONICET as a researcher, and teaches archaeology at the Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Ariane Burke, Canada

Mes thèmes de recherche sont regroupés autour de l'étude du Paléolithique moyen et de la transition vers le Paléolithique supérieur, avec un emphase sur les modes de subsistance et les modèles de dispersion des populations humaines. L'impact du changement climatique et les rapports avec le paléoenvironnement m'intéressent particulièrement. L'archéozoologie m'a aussi amené à faire des recherches sur le paléoethologie et la taxonomie des équidés (implication dans des recherches de terrain en Mongolie) et sur le mode de croissance de l'os et des dents ainsi que des recherches ethnoarchéozoologiques. Je dirige actuellement le laboratoire d'ecomorphologie et le groupe de recherche sur les dispersions d'hominides (HDRG).

Virginia Butler, USA

Virginia Butler has been on the faculty in the Department of Anthropology at Portland State University (Portland, Oregon, USA) since 1994. [B.A. Anthropology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia; M.A . Anthropology & Ph.D. interdisciplinary studies-University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA]. Her research focuses on the role of fish in past human societies, with particular interests in evolutionary ecology, taphonomy, conservation biology, and public outreach and education, with a geographic focus in Western North America (including coastal and arid basins) and Oceania.

Canan Çarkirlar, The Netherlands

I received my PhD from Tübingen University in 2007 and held post-doctoral positions at the Smithsonian Institution, Istanbul Koç University, and the Belgian Institue of Natural Sciences. I am now assistant professor of zooarchaeology and curator of osteological reference collections at the Groningen University Institute of Archaeology. My research interests include the dispersal and development of husbandry technologies during neolithisations, coastal adaptations and management of aquatic resources, climatic fluctuations and societal change, provisioning of state-level societies, and human impact on Holocene zoogeography (fieldwork in Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, Bulgaria and the Netherlands). I organized the 12th ICAZ ASWA working group meeting in Groningen in 2015. A member of the ICAZ IC since 2010, I organized the 2012 IC meeting in Istanbul.

Pam Crabtree, USA

 Pam Crabtree is Professor of Anthropology at New York University. While most of her zooarchaeological research has focused on the early medieval period, she has also worked on Epipaleolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Hellentistic, and Roman faunal collections in Europe and the greater Near East.

Sabine Deschler-Erb, Switzerland

Sabine Deschler-Erb holds a PhD (1996) and a habilitation (2012) in pre- and protohistorical archaeology. She has been working in the archaeozoological department of Basel (Switzerland) since 1988 and a member of ICAZ since 1990. Her professional interests include the exploitation of domestic and wild animals in all periods in Europe, but especially in Celtic and Roman culture, also specialising in worked bone. She has published over 100 scholarly papers and monographs and teaches archaeozoology at the Universities of Basel (Switzerland), Fribourg (Switzerland), Frankfurt (Germany) and Bonn (Germany).

Arati Deshpande-Mukherjee, India

Arati Deshpande-Mukherjee is an assistant 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 Academy of Sciences. Her zooarchaeological research is focusing on avian and mammalian remains as well as bone pathologies and manufacture in the Carpathian Basin. She has been a member of ICAZ since 2002, and co-organised the ICAZ Animal Palaeopathology Working Group meeting at Budapest in 2016. E-mail:

Angelos Hadjikoumis, Cyprus

My main research interests include the archaeozoology of many Mediterranean and Middle Eastern areas. Thematically, my interests include research on pig domestication, sheep and goat, as well as several full studies of entire assemblages. Moreover, I am conducting research on stable isotopes as well as ethnozooarchaeological research on traditional Mediterranean husbandry practices with the purpose of improving archaeozoology's interpretational framework. I am also involved in processing specimens for faunal reference collections, as well as public outreach activities promoting archaeozoology to the wider public.

Salima Ikram, Egypt

Salima Ikram is a distinguished university professor at the American University in Cairo. Her focus is on zooarchaeology in Egypt With a specialisation in animal mummies. She is interested in the import of exotic animals, intensive animal breeding, and diet in ancient Egypt.

Lembi Lõugas, Estonia

Educated in zoology at the Tartu University, Estonia, Lembi Lõugas has specialized in archaeozoology since 1989. Since 1991, she has held a permanent position in the Institute of History, Tallinn University, and she has led the Department of Archaeobiology and Ancient Technology since 1997, and from 2017 the Archaeological Research Collection of Tallinn University. She has participated in cooperative projects in Russia, Latvia, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Belgium, France and UK. Her main interests are the history of aquatic fauna, environmental history and paleo-genetic relationships of animals. The first contact with ICAZ was in 1994 when participating in the conference held in Konstanz, Germany. She previously participated in the meetings of FRWG and AGM Working Group.

Richard Madgwick, UK

Richard Madgwick is Lecturer in Archaeological Science at Cardiff University, having previously worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Nottingham and as Lecturer in Zooarchaeology at Bournemouth 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. He has worked on sites and assemblages across Britain and in Turkey, Albania and Greece.

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.

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 teach undergraduate and MSc courses in zooarchaeology at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid. 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.

Kat Szabó, Australia

Katherine (Kat) Szabó is a Principal Research Fellow within the Indigenous Studies Centre, Monash University, Australia. A New Zealand native, she moved to Australia to undertake her PhD studies at the Australian National University. Kat's PhD and subsequent research has largely focussed on archaeomalacology, including shell midden research and furthering methodologies in the analysis of worked shell. She has worked across the tropical Asia-Pacific region; especially Island Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Kat was the founding Assistant Coordinator for the ICAZ Archaeomalacology Working Group (AMWG), and took over as Coordinator for a time from 2010. She organised the 2012 independent meeting of the ICAZ AMWG in northern Australia and has managed the AMWG website since the group's inception.

Richard Thomas, UK

I am Reader 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.

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.