Darcy Bird

Department of Archaeology

Main Focus

Darcy is a Ph.D. student at Washington State University. Her work broadly investigates the complex ways humans affect, and are affected by, the environment.  Her PhD research focuses on archaeological tipping points using paleodemographic proxies. 

Curriculum Vitae

Darcy received her B.A. in Archaeology, Technology, and Historic Structures from the University of Rochester (NY, USA) in 2014, and her M.S. in Anthropology with a focus Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management from Utah State University in 2019. Her M.S. thesis, “Subsistence Strategy Tradeoffs in Long-Term Population Stability Over the Past 6,000 Years,” addressed the population density/stability tradeoff between agriculturalist and hunter-gatherer populations using radiocarbon dates as representative of population with all available radiocarbon data in the United States and Canada. She has done archaeological fieldwork throughout the United States. 


Bird, Darcy, Lux Miranda, Marc Vander Linden, Erick Robinson, R. Kyle Bocinsky, Christopher Nicholson, José Capriles, Judson Byrd Finley, Eugenia Gayo, Adolfo Gil, Jade d’Alpoim Guedes, Julie Hoggarth, Andrea Kay, Emma Loftus, Umberto Lombardo, Madeline Mackie, Alessio Palmissano, Steinar Solheim, Robert L. Kelly, and Jacob Freeman. (2021) p3k14c - A global database of archaeological radiocarbon dates. Scientific Data. In Review.

Scheffer, Marten, Egbert H. van Nes, Darcy Bird, R. Kyle Bocinsky, and Timothy A. Kohler. (2021) Loss of resilience preceded transformations of pre-Hispanic Pueblo societies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118(18). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2024397118

Robinson, Erick, R. Kyle Bocinsky, Darcy Bird, Jacob Freeman, and Robert L. Kelly. (2021) Dendrochronological dates confirm a Late Prehistoric population decline in the American Southwest derived from radiocarbon dates. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 376(1816). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2019.0718 

Bird, Darcy, Jacob Freeman, Erick Robinson, Gideon Maughan, Judson Byrd Finley, Patricia M. Lambert, and Robert L. Kelly. (2020) A first empirical analysis of population stability in North America using radiocarbon records. The Holocene 30(9): 1345-1359. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0959683620919975

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