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Rebecca Bliege Bird

Rebecca Bliege Bird

Professor of Anthropology

323A Carpenter Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-2391

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. B.A. Pomona College 1990
  2. Ph.D. University of California, Davis 1996


Dr. Bliege Bird is an ecological anthropologist interested in the socioecology of subsistence in small scale societies. She pursues such topics as the gender division of labor in hunting and gathering, cooperation, costly signaling, indigenous conservation/land management, and fire ecology, drawing on theory, models, and methods from behavioral ecology and landscape ecology to answer questions about how local social contexts influence economic decision-making and how such decisions impact local ecological communities.

Research Interests

Human-environment interactions, Hunter gatherer socio-ecology, human behavioral ecology, costly signaling, gender