Dr. Andrzej Weber is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta and Director of the Baikal Archaeology Project (BAP). His research interests include archaeology of individual life histories; carbon, nitrogen, and strontium isotope analyses; mobility and migrations; diet; subsistence; mortuary protocols; population size and distribution; and mechanisms of cultural change. As a Project Director, he has founded and has served as leader of a multi- and inter-disciplinary project examining middle Holocene (~8000 to 3000 years before present) hunter–gatherer strategies and culture change in Northeast Asia since its inception in the late 1990s. In the process, he has accumulated considerable experience managing all aspects of such long-term collaborative research endeavours. Over the years, he has established a large and diverse academic network of scholars with expertise in numerous fields (archaeology, ethnography, ethnoarchaeology, physical anthropology, paleogenetics, geochemistry, and paleoenvironmental studies), with specific emphasis on archaeological sciences, archaeology of Holocene hunter–gatherers, and the individual life history approach. These collaborations have brought together scholars from research institutions in Russia, Europe, United Kingdom, Japan and North America, many of whom are recognized as world leaders in their fields. As Project Director, he is responsible for coordinating and managing diverse research goals, facilitating collaborations, and networking amongst this wide-ranging international group and developing new partnerships for additional scholarly breadth and depth.

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Individual life histories, Hunter-gatherer mobility & migration, Diet & subsistence, Mortuary protocols, Mechanisms of cultural change

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