Dr. Kate Kirby

Dept. of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution

Main Focus

I am an interdisciplinary scientist broadly interested in human-environment interactions. I combine collaborative, place-based research with global-scale studies of cross-cultural variation in human subsistence, settlement and governance systems. My recent work has emphasized participatory methodologies (e.g., community-led documentation and mapping of culturally important species and environmental knowledge); the digitization, curation and open-access publication of ‘big data’ relevant to our understanding of cultural and linguistic diversity (e.g., d-place.org); and the application of analytical approaches from macroecology and evolutionary biology to these data, with the ultimate goal of gaining insights into human history, behaviour, and cultural change.

Curriculum Vitae

PhD (University of British Columbia)

MSc (McGill University)

BSc (University of Toronto)

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