Department of Sociology & Anthropology

507 Chafee Building, 10 Chafee Road, Kingston, RI 02881

– 401.874.2587 (ph); 401.874.2588 (f)

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Kristine Bovy

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Chafee Hall, Rm 513
  • Phone: 401.874.4143
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Kristine Bovy is a zooarchaeologist, specializing in the analysis of bird bones from shell midden sites in the Pacific Northwest Coast. Bovy has conducted archaeological analysis and fieldwork in a wide variety of settings throughout North America. She works closely with faculty and students in the interdisciplinary underwater archaeology minor and history master’s (archaeology and anthropology option) programs. Bovy teaches introductory and advanced undergraduate courses, including Introduction to Archaeology, Coastal Archaeology, Archaeology of the Americas, Archaeological Method and Theory, Seminar in Cultural Heritage, and Unity of Anthropology.

The focus of Bovy’s research is on the history of human and animal interactions in marine settings. She attempts to both better understand past human behavior and generate data to address contemporary environmental and biological conservation issues. Since 2012, Bovy has been working on a collaborative National Science Foundation grant entitled “Impacts of Abrupt Environmental Change on North Pacific Human Ecosystem Dynamics using High-Resolution Zooarchaeological Records from Coastal Washington.”


  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Washington, 2005
  • M.A. in Anthropology, University of Washington, 1998
  • B.S. in Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993



  • Bovy, Kristine M. (2012). “Why So Many Wings? A Re-examination of Avian Skeletal Part Representation in the South-Central Northwest Coast, USA.” Journal of Archaeological Science 39:2049-2059.
  • Bovy, Kristine M. (2012). Chapter 2: “Archaeological Evidence for Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) Breeding in Northwestern Washington State.” In Conservation Biology and Applied Zooarchaeology, edited by Steven Wolverton, and R. Lee Lyman, pp. 23-41. University of Arizona Press, Tuscon.
  • Bovy, Kristine M. (2011). “Archaeological Evidence for a Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) Colony in the Pacific Northwest, USA.” Waterbirds 34(1):89-95.
  • Bovy, Kristine M. (2007). “Prehistoric Human Impacts on Waterbirds at Watmough Bay, Washington, USA.” Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 2:210-230.
  • Bovy, Kristine M. (2007). “Global Human Impacts or Climate Change?: Explaining the Sooty Shearwater Decline at the Minard Site, Washington, USA.” Journal of Archaeological Science 34:1087-1097.
  • Bovy, Kristine M. (2002). “Differential Avian Skeletal Part Distribution: Explaining the Abundance of Wings.” Journal of Archaeological Science 29:965-978.

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