Weston McCool

Weston McCool
Department of Anthropology
UC Santa Barbara
postdoc at University of Utah, Dept of Anthropology

I am a bio-archaeologist and human behavioral ecologist who studies prehistoric human warfare. My past research has investigated the socioecological conditions that favor human territoriality, and the broader defensive strategies developed by prehistoric populations to cope with the threat of intergroup violence and resource theft. My current work investigates the effects of climate instability and warfare-related violence on subsistence and health. In particular, I focus on how populations adjust subsistence strategies in response to variable levels of violence, and the costs of these economic transformations have on dietary health. I conduct research in the southern Peruvian highlands and the North American Great Basin.    

Broom Graduate Associate