Jelmer W Eerkens
Professor, PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2001
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, California 95616, USA
Telephone: (530) 752-1348
Fax: (530) 752-8885
Office: 306 Young Hall
Office Hours for Winter 2015 :
- Monday and Wednesday 11-12 am, or by appointment
- I recieved a B.S. in Computer Science in 1992 from UC Davis, and an M.A. (1996) and Ph.D. (2001) in archaeology from UC Santa Barbara. During my graduate training I spent one semester at the University of Missouri at the Research Reactor (MURR) and two semesters at the University of Calgary as a visiting researcher. Prior to coming (back) to UC Davis I served as Assistant Professor at California State University, Long Beach.
My fieldwork has centered on the deserts of California and Nevada, though I have also worked in Northwest Europe and Peru. I am particularly interested in how hunter-gatherers adapt to different social and environmental conditions and how these adaptations affect land tenure practices, resource extraction, and the adoption and modification of various technologies, especially ceramics and stone-tools. Much of this research has incorporated various archaeometric applications such as Gas Chromatography, Electron Microprobe, Neutron Activation, and more recently Stable Isotopes. As well, I have been interested in applying evolutionary models to better understand the changes we in see in the archaeological record, especially ideas from cultural transmission theory.